I really wonder what Chopper said to Luffy. He must have a plan to get out.
About Cracker's abiity, what is the most interesting to me is that he can duplicate his swords. Unless he's somehow hiding them somewhere like Nami
Anyway, I wonder what will delay the crew for a full day since the last 2 brothers have yet to arrive so the confrontation won't happen anytime soon.
For the resolution of the conflict with Big Mom, I think the Vivre Card won't help since Lola isn't here to tell her Mom that they got it by saving her life.
I'm thinking Sanji will have to save Pudding in front of her eyes to make that happen.
So, I maintain my prediction that the Vinsmoke are the main opponents of this arc. And I still got that feeling that Sanji will "lose" his hands. Idk why but it just feel like a powerful scene that Oda would draw.
Actually, by knocking on his shoulders, he can grow more arms. Though it's a mystery how he's able to do it. Maybe he has a multiplying DF power that allows him to make more of his limbs.
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No one said anything about grinning all the time, even in that picture you posted Luffy has a serious look on his face before he celebrates his UFO technique working. You ever been in a real fight? Doesn't matter if you are in the ring or on the street, learning how to relax and basically enjoy it can keep you alive or in the dominant position. I knew teachers who'd actually tell us to have fun during a fight. The more tense you are, the more energy you burn up, the harder it is to think and react to anything.
Now granted sport and real fighting are very different things. Someone just trying to punish you is very different from someone trying to kill you, someone in their right mind will approach you differently than someone who his mentally ill or on drugs. Still showing an opponent that you aren't phased by their presence or even a hit they've given you with a smile or laugh can go a long way to throwing opponents off of their game mentally. It could be a bluff or it could be genuine feelings of joy.
Then there are those people out there that can run circles around their opponents and are afforded the luxury of truly enjoying themselves during a fight, be it in sport or on the street. It doesn't mean you wouldn't take the fight seriously. Enjoying yourself in a fight is not the same as being careless. It usually means you are just extremely comfortable with your own ability and self. Basically like Luffy and Zoro are often portrayed as.
I've earned my 3rd degree black belt in Chinese martial arts, I've never had to fight on the street. In my early colored belt days I almost did a few times and I learned that lesson of playing it cool and enjoying yourself very early. I grew up in the hood, south central Los Angeles, walking home from work talking loudly on my self phone when 2 guys put a gun right up to my back. My exact words said to my girl friend(with all smiles) was "Oh my god, you won't believe this, I'm being robbed! Weren't we just talking about this?! I'll call you back!" They asked what was in the bag, I told them a video game(my DK bongos!) and just shrugged and said that was all I really had. I didn't fight but I wasn't going to risk playing the victim. Thank god they didn't check my back pack, had my gamecube about 5 games, 2 memory cards, and 4 controllers. After I got home then I crumpled down and cried but only a little bit. The moment was kind of surreal and to them I probably wasn't taking the situation seriously but me acting that way couldn't have been more serious.
I'm always tense while playing fighting games because I'm so nervous about making mistakes so I might heed your wisdom, sensei. Also, you almost got mugged?! Well thank god you and the Gamecube (one of the seven console wonders of the world) was unharmed.