Regarding the cover story, I just lol’d. I’m happy for you Gaimon, now you have a female counterpart, and a cute one at that. Good things come to those who wait eh?
A bit of an update is given in the cities, as I almost forgot that the rest of Hodi’s gang was busy doing some terrorizing. The usage of stepping on a picture of Otohime to check for human hate was clever, and the Fukaboshi bros seem to be making their way to the palace. Long time no see to Caribou, and I’m still disgusted at this guy. I just imagine the three mermaids still stuck inside him, and gross out instantly. Luffy, hurry up and own him please.
Effing Oda, who’d have guessed Sanji’s the one getting pissed at Jinbe? Of course, he’s just being the white knight that he is. The quick montage of Nami’s past was quick and gritty, and oddly felt crueler than I remember. Nami’s history is probably the worst out of all the crew members, since it’s pretty much psychological child abuse. In the real world, she’d have so many deep suppressed issues and disorders. The similarity of Sabaody Park and Arlong Park was unexpected, and though I’m eager to label it Oda’s incredible genius, the reasons aren’t that solid. Arlong hated humans, so why would he build Arlong Park in the design of Sabaody Park, a design of the human world? The admiration he once had should have disappeared by then. Maybe Hachi built it. The justifaction for Mermen’s rage against humans is a fair one, and explains Nami’s lack of hatred, even if Arlong is an extreme end of the spectrum. Jinbe’s talk brings out a lot of truths that can easily apply within our own history, such as “a person becomes cold and feared when in power,” and a common two way split of a sensible rebel and an angry radical. Meanwhile, Luffy sips tea.
The struggle inside Ryuuguu Palace didn’t make a reappearance, so Zoro’s fate will have to wait. Except SUDDENLY, FLASHBACK. I get the feeling this is going to be a long one.