This chapter was incredibly dense with info, mostly on the fishmen residents and life on Fishman Island, but also comes to revealing some broader things as well. First off was the fact that Luffy attained some poison antibodies, because “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” huh? If anything, it’s a surprising development that actually comes in handy.
A fortune teller character is also thrown into the mix, giving some new quirks to the story, and she reveals in the end that Luffy’s going to destroy the island. Maybe it’s one of those vague fortunes, where someone with a Strawhat will destroy the island, but it just won’t be Luffy. Either way, Luffy’s now got the entire island after him, so action should ensue. More enemies get explained, such as the person on the Flying Dutchman, and we learn how many options fishmen get when marrying other species. Again, pretty informational chapter. Depends on the individual if they care or not about setting development, but having so many details can make later developments a lot more interesting, especially when applied into fights. Also, Usopp’s humor wasn’t really on the mark this chapter, maybe just due to it not translating well to English. I am a little disappointed.
Anyway, the highlight of the dialogue is “Big Mam,” the fourth mysterious Yonkou that we’ve never even seen before (and Kaido too). Now, she finally seems within reach, and I still think she’s Lola’s mom. In retrospect, I think Fishman Island would be a lot more interesting if there weren’t so much lore on underwater cities already. It doesn’t really help that Oda uses most of that lore here.
Also One Piece 3D movie… I wonder if it will be good.