It's great to see Big Mom going all out. Prometheus' size and face reminded me of the moon from The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask combined with the Angry Sun from Super Mario Bros. 3 lol. I'm glad to finally see Nami countering Big Mom's powers like we have all been predicting throughout the whole arc by recruiting Zeus. I would really like it if Zeus or a small version of him stayed with Nami for the rest of the series. Since Zeus got handled by Nami, I expect Brook to eventually return and handle Prometheus due to damaging him earlier in the arc as foreshadowing and there being potential for an ice versus fire theme.
Additionally, I loved Big Mom's callback to Dorry and Broggy using their own Spear of Elbaf move to at the end of Little Garden:
I like the idea of her going complete Yandere and wanting to kill Sanji by herself and that she's upset BM might. It seems like there is little to add credence to it at this point. But Pudding has done so many face-heel turns it can't be positively excluded.
See, the thing about that is not only the caption at the end of the chapter about the tears being genuine, but also how when she is crying this time, we actually see her third eye too. Throughout her whole act as a good girl, we knew that she was hiding her third eye under her forelock for some sort of unknown reason. So that, along with the convenience of her running into the Straw Hats so conveniently, was a clue hinting at how there's more to how she's acting than she is letting on. But now that we finally see all three eyes crying and even the nose drip, meaning that all of the cats are already out of the bag I'm inclined to believe this is true.
I wouldn't mind yandere Pudding though, trust me.
Aw man i felt genuinly sad about that tree dude.
He'll never get to see his tree fiance again
You know that he's going to live, Woody. I expect better judgment from you.
Well yes, it could justify her motivations. However the comic doesn't take any steps to show her making up her mind about anything, or her evolving resolve, neither does it provide even the tiniest of hints that these acts may have touched her. All we see on panel is a one-liner that resulted in a complete character change, which is just as bad as it was when it happened with Viola. At least we learned later that Viola had had ample motivation to break away from the Donquixote family all along. In Pudding's case, it seems that she will throw away everything she was until now based on this single compliment, which really makes it too convenient for the protagonists.
As a character, I really have a hard time telling which one is her true self in the end, and what could or could not motivate her. She reminds me of these infiltrated agents that are so much caught in their roles that they themselves don't know anymore who they are. This is not necessarily a bad thing.
Pretty much all of this. But this was always going to happen ever since we got that flashback glimpse of feeling smothered by Big Mom and thinking about Lola. Not that the execution of the heel-face turn is flawless, it's not lol.
Where is Brook in all of this? Did something happen to him?
Brook and Chopper went to get the Shark Submerge III.