Boy, when was the last time we got to see the tightwads named the five elders? Not only that, but the “Pan-Fleet” Admiral too, whatever that even means. Sengoku believes he must retire, as his era has disappeared when Whitebeard died. Choosing Aokiji to succeed him is something I can’t really see though, as Aokiji has never demonstrated anything that shows him to be above the other two admirals.
With this chapter, they finally reveal what the newspaper was about. If anyone didn’t get it, Luffy, along with Jinbei and Rayleigh, went back to Marineford and basically paid their respects to Ace with a burial ritual at sea. He then stormed into the plaza and rang the “Ox Bell” 16 times. Why 16? As Killer explained, the bell is usually rang near the new year, 8 to thank the old year and 8 to pray for the new one. Apparently, it’s a marine tradition. Luffy rang it for the changes in “eras” or “ages” instead. The marines also took it as a declaration of war, which I’m not so sure was part of Luffy and co.’s plans. When I first read it, I thought the whole thing was completely fabricated by the government (Zoro noticed it was odd too), but I suppose it really happened. Then it hit me, that this is most likely the plan that Rayleigh offered Luffy. Annoyingly enough, the newspaper conceals another new “message” that everyone “gets” except the reader, like the last two chapters. So basically, there was a secret within a secret. However, I did notice that Luffy obtained a new tattoo, with an S crossed out similar to Ace’s. Maybe that’s the message? I still don’t know what it means though.
Continuing on, the rest of the chapter was completely dedicated to introducing the New World, with whacked out worlds that seem completely illogical. If the plan was to shock me at how insane the New World will be, it sure as hell succeeded. I’m especially interested at Capone’s predicament, with something that seems like either a giant ship or a floating island sucking them up by some created gravitational pull. Creepy stuff. With the way things are going, the crew should be finally coming together at the Archipelago in the upcoming chapters. Who’d drink to that?
Note: Franky makes the best post pictures.