If there’s really any word to describe this chapter, it would have to be badass. Luffy demonstrates not only mastery of the Color of Observation (Kenbunshoku Haki) when dodging the bullet, but also the Color of the Conquering King (Haoshoku Haki). He also knows the Color of Armaments (Busoshoku Haki) as well, but it looks like it wasn’t needed against the Fakehat crew. Remember how all the characters who showed off their different haki looked so mysterious and badass in the past? Now Luffy actually gets to be that guy, walking away after seemingly doing pretty much nothing and you’re sitting there knowing exactly what he did and smirking. I can’t wait till it’s actually used tactfully in battle, especially against equal haki users. Perhaps Sentoumaru appearing might be a foreshadowing?
The other badass would be Zoro finally appearing, although only on the last page. Apparently he really did lose an eye, which really sucks. I’m thinking it might actually be a homage to Berserk. His missing eye also seemed to switch sides from the color cover last chapter, so the scar is now on his left eye instead of the right. It sucks because losing an eye completely kills perfect depth perception, and you’d think a swordsman would need that. I mean, Guts can get around by swinging his huge slab of a sword, but Zoro needs some precision! Although now that he can slice ships in half just like Mihawk, a second eye might just prove useless after all.
Now, what’s not so badass is Franky’s complete redesign, which looks extremely clunky. I’m secretly hoping he modifies himself back into his old design if and when the crew raises objections. Knowing Luffy though, that’s going to be highly unlikely. Franky also makes a comment about the possibility that Brooke might not return, but I highly doubt that will happen. He’s obviously doing this so he could get back to the Archipelago, and said this would be his last concert last chapter. If it did happen, that would also be interesting though. I was also worried for Chopper a moment there, thinking he might stick with the Fakehats for a lot longer, but he ran away quickly to go search for Robin. Then again, he might actually go for the fake one, making me question how a doctor can be so ignorant.
This “arc” is pretty much exactly like other arcs when they’re all separated trying to find each other. A tad frustrating since you just want all of them to meet up already. Personally, I’m hoping there’s a chapter where they’re all together and just catch up on the times. The crew should finish up for some closure about Ace with Luffy. More crying? ;_;
I just realized I can’t show any of the main characters in pictures anymore, as their new design would be spoiled… ._.