Wow, did Fishman Island deliver on beauties or what? I was half expecting things to turn wrong again for Sanji, but his depiction of Fishman Island’s mermaids was spot on. Naturally, the island became much more interesting as the Strawhats broke in, with Oda doing his usual “introducing a lot of unique things that only pertain to this island.”
It’s pretty cool how in Fishman Island, land and sea are no longer trapped within their gravitational places, with air bubbles in the sea, and “water roads” traveling in the sky. I can’t help but wonder why air is even needed in Fishman Island (assuming that Oda’s mermaids can breathe underwater), except that maybe it’s just to accommodate humans. I suppose air is a necessity for things like cooking, since even the houses, like Keimi’s, are half air half water. Speaking of Keimi, after two years… she looks pretty much the same. In fact, I forgot what she even looked like, so I had to go see what she was like pre-time-skip. The only thing that changed was her hairstyle, which I like a lot more, and it does makes her look older.
Meanwhile, Caribou is found afloat by some mermaids, and while we might not really care if Caribou just disappeared from the story, there are obviously some plans in store for him. An antagonist with higher power also takes appearance, and could quite possibly be the guy to beat at the end of this arc. Since the crew wants to head over to Fishman District to thank Hachi, it looks like those fishmen won’t have too much trouble bringing them to the “boss.”
While I said last week that going to Fishman Island was like suicide, it’s really only the fishmen that hate humans. The mermaids and other talking animals that may or may not appear don’t seem to mind. That also begs the question, are the only other men on this island fishmen? Oda should get some mermen up in there to enjoy the ladies! If not, then that really sucks for the mermaids (if you know what I mean).
But seriously, if the fishmen weren’t so evil, I’d really love to take my next vacation at Fishman Island…