I was right about Perospero getting a candy prosthetic arm. That line about always being reminded of Pedro when the heat of hot tea melts his candy prosthetic arm was a bit chilling. His design being in tatters actually looks a better than before.
So my suspicions about what Luffy's awakening will entail are seeming likelier after this chapter, Luffy is going to produce rubber and start using his abilities the way Katakuri is…
"This is more effective" it's almost as if he's wanting to train him by giving him ideas.
This is kind of where I was thinking that this battle would go. Except it's more so Luffy taking inspiration from Katakuri instead of Katakuri actually wanting to teach him.
Now that these random soldiers have finally said it we can finally put to bed that Katakuri is THE strongest commander.
Spoilers didn't do the beatdown justice Luffy is getting upstaged on all fronts, his base stats need to improve significantly he can't always be relying on his gimmicky gears that drain his stamina super fast. 90% certain he's going to get a power boost from this fight as of this chapter.
I think that it's too late for that. Luffy has been relying on gimmicks over base strength since Enies Lobby, unfortunately. Gear Second and Third were very cool to see, but I miss the days where Luffy would improvise moves purely based on the premise of what goofy things you can do with a rubber body rather than focusing on only coating already existing attacks with Armament and whole new forms to stay in the game of the New World.
His base stats can do significant damage, otherwise Katakuri won't dodge that Hawk stamp. His problem in this fight is Katakuri ridiculous CoO. He dodges or blocks everything.
And I agree, this is a hint on where Luffy's power will evolve to. Imagine G4 with many arms. Frightening.
At this point in the game, do you really think that Luffy's Gear Second and Third moves really matter? Look at how they have been useless against Cracker, Katakuri, and Big Mom. This is likely going to be the case for the rest of the story if Luffy is always going to be stuck fighting characters at their level. We've reached Super Saiyan levels of power creep with Luffy already. I feel like all Luffy can do is rely on advancing Gear Fourth and learning Awakening.
Jimbe giving speeches to keep Straw Hats in line and keeping an eye on the ocean current while manning the helm. Can I get a yabadabdoo?!
Now then, while I'm not particularly sad about Pedro dying(I still don't believe it lol), I am touched by how hard Nami and the rest are taking it. It's so easy for us as hardcore One Piece readers to over look deaths in this series but I still like to take into account the characters perspective on things. I don't truly believe in character deaths but I do believe the characters feelings.
Carrot hopped up in the crows nest and is looking out. I'm sure some folks are going to run wild with that one.
The close-ups on Jimbei's face this chapter looked awesome. I hope he gets to show how he will be a unique Helmsman soon. I really want him to integrate his Fishman Karate and sea creature communication into how he helms the ship when there's trouble.
Jimbei is the closest thing this crew has to a First Mate responsibility-wise and I love it. I at least appreciate Oda trying to utilize the Drama of Pedro's "death" even though he will inevitably still be alive.