This chapter: 40% Silly, 60% LOL
Only the Strawhat crew could make a hostage situation into a comedic skit, with Zoro’s unintentional dry humor, Usopp’s overreactions, and Nami’s teetering between a blind obsession for riches and rationality. The message from Jinbei is finally given, although not to Luffy, but his crewmates instead, so you just know Luffy’s still going to end up fighting Hodi. It’s a bit weird that Jinbei would request this, but the reasons behind it must be interesting, I’m sure. Of course, the second part of the message of meeting him in the sea forest would probably explain everything had the Strawhats not screw up every situation they land in.
Out of sheer ridiculous coincidence, the mermaid princess also wants to go there, so Luffy hatches the brilliant plan of hiding her in Megalo. Again, pure ridiculousness. I did laugh pretty hard though. I have no idea how a shark could enlarge that much to fit her, but it’s One Piece. Also, just because she’s inside a shark, it doesn’t mean Decken can’t still target her. In fact, it’ll slice the shark instead. Oh well, the date begins for real now!
Other than that, Chopper and Sanji appear again, showing off a new “point” for Chopper. It looks hilarious and cute at the same time, reminding me of the squareness of Kaku’s zoan giraffe form. Perhaps an inspiration? He calls it the “kung-fu point” though, even though it looks like an extremely unwieldy form to be performing any sort of “kung-fu.” Sanji needs some serious moments though, his weak point has been exploited far enough!
And so, the arc slowly, but surely, elevates in excitement.