As confirmed, Hodi really is that weak without his pills, which goes to show how much the Strawhats (at least Zoro) have jumped in power. This could mean we’ll be getting win after win for the Strawhats, but after them struggling with enemies (since the series started really), I don’t think I’d mind seeing the crew obliterate everything in its path for a while. After all, there’s way too many stronger enemies at this point to be moping around on Fishman Island (Supernovas, Blackbeard’s crew, the World Government, and those large unexplained creepy things in Florian Triangle o:). Regardless, Hodi’s still an obstacle, and we’re left with Zoro close to drowning.
Jinbei pulling an Enel-face was the last thing I expected from his character, but he did it, and he did it twice. I suppose no character in OP can ever keep their “serious-virginity” at all times, and for those that haven’t happened yet (Hawkeye, the Admirals), it won’t be long. You can’t hide from Oda, he created you! It’s hard to tell the exact importance of Jinbe’s long awaited message, and I think the message will affect Nami far more than Luffy, so Nami’s appearance is quite convenient. Jinbe’s a guy who stands by his principles, so revealing regrets about his past is natural. However, I don’t think it’s a big deal, as Jinbe’s done far more than enough for the pirates, and the crew isn’t exactly an unforgiving bunch. That said, Luffy didn’t get as riled up about Hachi’s injuries as I thought, and his character is a bit different than pre-timeskip, so there might be more to this than I’m expecting. More importantly, it’s the other question I’m still wondering about; why didn’t he want the crew to tangle with Hodi? Was it really about power differences? If that were the case, it doesn’t seem to be a problem now. It’s probably something more political, but I don’t see how any of that will matter since Hodi’s not the type to sit down and chat about their differences while sipping a cup of tea.
One Piece x Toriko Special
Oda did a Cross Epoch before this, and that was between Dragon Ball’s characters and his own. That one was more interesting since it used each character’s quirks and matched them up with one of Dragon Ball’s, whereas this new Epoch mainly used an island as the connection (and if you’ve read A Cloudy Day with a Chance of Meatballs, it’s not much of a novel idea). The two different artstyles matched up rather well, and focusing on a poop joke feels like something Oda picked up from Toriyama (the mangaka of Dragon Ball). I haven’t read Toriko, so I may have missed out on some subtle quirks their cast had (such as the character matchups at the dinner table), but if any part of their side interested you, you should check out the anime airing this spring season.