Giant fetish. Yes. I’m not really a “partaker” no, but I think I can now understand a little why the fetish exists. As for some other ones, probably never. But it’s sort of a fun mystery game almost isn’t it? It turns out our favorite giant mermaid is a Rapunzel character, though she’s kind of a Rapunzel within a Rapunzel, because you know, she hasn’t seen the area around her for ten years AND the surface. I S O L A T I O N.
She’s also incredibly pampered, but she’s hot, so Vander Decken just can’t say no. Too bad she can. Rejected and butthurt, Decken now wants her fine piece of fish tail or it shall be death, and fittingly so, he possesses the stalker fruit. They say a dog looks like its owner, but does a devil fruit match the eater? In Decken’s case, probably. Mato Mato no mi, the ability to target anyone forever, presumably activated by touch, explaining the gloves he needed before shaking hands with Hodi. A formidable power nonetheless, but he’ll need something supplementary in order to be useful in fights.
I think One Piece is at its best when confrontations occur one after another, but that’s usually the middle of each arc, which it seems we’re finally starting to get into. Hodi and Decken have teamed up, which should be it for the final enemies, and Usopp unleashed the man. He really does seem more reliable doesn’t he? Hell, everyone appears to have more resolve and confidence within their actions, so they’re not only more powerful, but also a bit wiser too. Usopp was also going to use his new weapon too, but Zoro didn’t let him. Damn you Oda, pulling that bait and switch again. After the small glimpses of their improvements from here to there, I’m psyched for some more in-depth usage of their new skills, but this chapter was might be a feint again. :[ Next chapter, Luffy’s first date with the Mermaid Princess! I like where this is going.