Boy, the cover story of Rika sure brings me back to when the crew was just Luffy and Coby. Remember her? The girl that made onigiri for Zoro? They seem to be protected by the marines now, and she, not surprisingly, looks older. Nostalgia tripped for several minutes.
After quite a while, Robin and Franky finally make their appearances, and they’ve been busy. I’m surprised there’s actually a poneglyph on Fishman Island, but when you’ve got something as ancient as the “Sun Tree Eve” being the reason Fishman Island can even exist, it makes sense. Franky’s meetup with Tom-san’s younger brother brought to light that having babies as a fishman/merman is like playing the lottery. Add in one more culture difference to remark on the curiosities of human society. Franky simply smiles in silence.
Fights don’t usually come to mind first when I think of One Piece, but we’ve only been getting skirmishes so far, so it’s hard not to get excited as the combatants take their places. The stage doesn’t seem to be set yet for a full on scale battle, as the reasons for the crew to fight still aren’t clear for them as a whole. I’m pretty sure the following fights will end prematurely, but we’ll get some well needed power level testing. Decken should be reserved for Mansopp, but it seems like Luffy’s going to get a taste first. Will Decken get owned? It’s hard to say. And their date was going so well too.