Let’s have a play by play this week shall we? I feel this chapter specifically calls for it. So we first see Zoro and the fact that he has actually given up quite fast to asking Mihawk to train him. Can’t say I called it, but you did feel a little pathetic for Zoro, at least until you realize he actually exhausted all the options available before him. Suddenly, Zoro begins explaining what Luffy’s message really meant. His tattoo, 3D crossed out with a 2Y beneath it really meant not the original 3 days to meet but instead 2 years. I believe some people actually guessed that from a couple chapters ago so kudos to them. My response to this is rather how insane the scale of this timeskip is. The crew hasn’t even been on the sea for a year, and now they’re going to stay put and train for two years? I can’t even begin to imagine the amount of insane power ups the crew is going to obtain with the timeskip. Not to mention the possible character design changes, hairstyles, and whatnot. Luffy will be around 19! Nami will have bigger breasts than ever! Usopp’s nose might grow even longer! Zoro with Yontoryuu? Possibilities are endless, I tell ya.
Not only was the timeskip confirmed this chapter, Haki is also finally explained (after 597 chapters right?). It really is as simple as we guessed, but of course these are most likely just the surface descriptions of each “color”. I’m sure Luffy will put his own little twist on things, but I wonder which color Luffy will be good at? (perhaps all of them, since he’s the main character after all)
With a timeskip of two years, it’d be a little weird to see the manga again next week, so Oda decided on a 4 week break for OP. It’s a great way to hype up the comeback of the Strawhats if you ask me. Disappointment isn’t even existent in my mind right now, so do your thing Oda. Yo Naruto, I’m really happy for you and I’m gonna let you finish, but One Piece is going to have one of the best timeskips of all time. See you in four weeks~
Oh, and I guess it wasn’t timed at chapter 600 😛