I suppose the biggest thing to note this chapter was the fact that Luffy’s Strawhat.. isn’t something that’s just between Shanks and Luffy anymore (which was pointed out a bit too casually). I’m not sure if Oda was trying to imply that the Strawhat was actually originally Roger’s, but it wouldn’t be impossible since Shanks was part of Roger’s crew. Personally, I have a problem with this. They’ve been playing destiny out the ass since the beginning of the Archipelago arc, and I’m like, that’s cool, this is natural for shounen storylines. There was especially a focus on Luffy having the many traits of Roger: King’s Haki, Will of D, charismatic, and overall personality, practically making him into a reincarnation of Roger himself. While a bit nonsensical, I can accept that too. But the Strawhat also being Roger’s? It’s not really ridiculous in any sense, but it’s not like it was necessary either. The Strawhat has always been the bond between him and Shanks, his own unique treasure, but now it’s part of his “destiny.” That’s great and all, but let’s not destroy all of Luffy’s persona, huh Oda?
For the rest of the chapter, you get your familiar “boat dialogues”, where the members just interact with each other, inevitably resulting in me laughing. After being with men for so long, Sanji dies from nosebleeds just from Nami moving. That’s a pretty incredible way to be stimulated, and I imagine he’ll be quite screwed at Fishman Island. The crew also learn of Bartholomew Kuma’s real intentions from two years ago, and realize Kuma was a pretty amazing guy. Robin is also keeping her mouth shut, even though I know she knows a whole lot more about this situation than everyone else. Why she chose to stay quiet, we’ll probably know in the future. As for meeting Kuma again, I bet that would make quite the exciting battle, with conflicting emotions on whether or not to beat him down. Who knows, maybe there’ll be tears. Meanwhile, a psycho pirate from previous chapters is made out to be important enough to be the cliffhanger. The guy has some logia power, and I’ve got really no guesses as to what it is. It’s definitely some kind of liquid substance, but I’m hesitant to say it’s water. Will this guy become the next arc’s enemy? Who knows. Maybe he’ll just be another excuse for more display of the Strawhat’s power levels. I’d definitely like to see Luffy against a Logia again. Should be cake against Haki now. Delicious, ice cream, cake.