Surprisingly, the shock of this chapter wasn’t in the chapter itself, but on the cover page. There’s two things to note, one being the obvious Sabo in grown up form, and the other being that Ace’s tattoo doesn’t have the crossed out S anymore. There isn’t much “meaning” to it, but it’s pretty cool to see Sabo at his current age. Of course, now when Sabo actually appears in the story, we’ll now what he pretty much looks like, sans the face.
As for the chapter itself, it continues showcasing the newfound goals the crew now has. Nami will study the weather as guessed since she was sent here, Franky will learn about Vegapunk’s tech, and Usopp will gain some new weird weapons. While that was all great to see, the best part was seeing Luffy’s actions affected each character in the past, and why they want to repay him by getting stronger (this goes for last chapter too). These scenes completely depended on Oda’s storytelling up till now, and how close he was able to push the characters into your heart (yay for cheese). So for me, at least, he succeeded.
I’m assuming next chapter will shift the focus back on Luffy, or finally begin the supposed timeskip. Also, Luffy’s message still isn’t clearly explained.. so that should be brought up soon.
I measured Brooke’s angle, and it really is around 40 degrees lol.