Chopper 100000% has made a new variant rumble ball for himself that will be a Sulong variant. Not exactly that obviously, but something else since he's realized the raw strength of his giant form isn't enough anymore. Electric base wouldn't surpise me since no one else in the crew besides Nam does electric... and that's a build up from static in the fur.
@electricmastro said in Next Straw Hat Crewmates (Vol. 10 - Egghead):
In replying to what you said there, considering how Oden joined Roger a year before going to Laugh Tale to find answers for Wano’s future and was still shown having fun times with them to the point of developing a bond he cried over when it came time to separate, would you be willing to agree Yamato could go through something like that too?
Eh, it's kind of a moot point. Strawhats aren't going to do a round trip, they're IN their last few months already.
And it doesn't matter fromm the reader's perspective if they're a technical crewmate that will travel with them in the epilogue, if we're not seeing them grow and face the challenges and go on the great final adventure and having antics with the crew... what does it matter?
Even if Yamato turned around and caught up with them on the very next island, that'll have been a year of real time adventures cut out for no reason, that much less time to hang out, when Oda is clearly gunning for the ending. I don't think Oda's finishing any time soon, there's still at least 5 years left... but no matter how long it runs we've already lost one.
It was bad enough that he pulled this crap with Jinbe for a decade.
"They'll be in the final war in just a few years!" doesn't mean much when EVERYONE is going to do that.