Suffice to say, that was a pretty monumental chapter. Although most of it wasn’t anything amazing or new (c’mon, I saw the nakama plot device coming 6 chapters ago), it was a movement in the plot that we’ve all been waiting for. With the end of the flashback as well as the center stage finally shifting focus to getting the Strawhat Crew back together, the story is finally moving forward (and in a way, backwards) again.
Well shit, the above paragraph pretty much summed up what I really wanted to say about the chapter… but that makes this post too short. I laughed pretty hard at the fact that Garp made his Marine HQ on Windmill Village, perhaps a decision he made to avoid the WG right now (which I’m pretty sure he’s majorly pissed at). The first sign of the flashback making use of itself is the appearance of Dadan again, tackling Garp down to the ground for not doing anything about Ace’s death. Surprisingly, a pretty strong scene, again thanks to the flashback for the development. The focus then shifts to Shanks and Marco, in front of the graves of Whitebeard and Ace. The graves were epic, though I’m pointlessly wondering about how long Ace’s hat will stay on the grave with no anchor. I’m also a bit curious as to where these guys are buried, but that is one HUGE funeral ceremony.
The two words that were screaming in my head after finishing this chapter? CREW.. REASSEMBLE!