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I was pretty much onboard with Yamato joining the crew until we learned about the World Government wanting to take over Wano. He may have to stay there to keep them from taking over after the Straw Hats leave.
Right but do we really think the SH are going to leave Wano without defeating the Marines and CP0 that want to destroy it and capture Robin? Of course not. They're not going to run after defeating Kaido like, "good luck we did all we could." It would be so out of character for them. They're going to make sure Wano is safe before they leave, or everything they did prior to that would have been pointless.
Obviously, since we know that Yamato is Yonko level, too strong for the Strawhats anyway. She has no problem dealing with the forces of the Marines…
What are a bunch of admirals? Can't do shit against Yamato... she is THE GUARDIAN DEITY OF WANO!!!
A lot of SH seemed OP as hell before joining. Think of Robin, and how she literally just immobilized all the straw hats in Alabasta without breaking a sweat. I do think she's stronger than people think, but you can clearly see how Oda nerfed her abilities once she actually joined. Or even Jinbei, he was a Warlord, and he's not even near the monster trio level of power. So Yamato seeming to be Yonko level just means she'll be one of the primary fighters and she will likely get nerfed as well.
(for the love of god, give Nami her short hair back).
Idk, her long hair is nice. It's pretty when it's in a ponytail, it's nice when it's up like in WCI. I think he did that so he could change her hairstyle along with her outfits too. I dig it. Woman's always gorgeous anyways.
I get where you're coming from with the idea of a timeskip, especially when it comes to the SH after Wano becoming the WG's #1 target. Their bounties will shoot up, God knows what's going to happen when Kaido falls and CP0 gets mixed in and the marines too. They stated they want Robin, there's going to be a fight between the SH and Cipher Pol no doubt about it. So, it's hard to imagine what will happen after and how they could escape them when they barely escaped the BM Pirates. But I think it comes down to allies helping again. I think someone will intercept the the marines and keep them busy and allow the crew to escape.
Ultimately, I just think we're too far in the story for a timeskip to really be effective.
Yamato looking like Nami is a weak argument against Yamato not joining the crew. It's clear Oda wanted us to like her from the start with the familiar face — which you could argue Oda just made her attractive, Nami and Yamato are both attractive, hence they have similar facial features— a goofy but determined attitude that is similar to Luffy's, and a goal that aligns and makes sense with her joining the crew in the end.
She wants to help right away, asks to join right away, and the completion of her goal: delivering herself from Kaido's slavery and in turn, all of Wano, results in her having the freedom to finally travel the world and set sail with the SHs.
I binged the entire series during Covid, then caught up on the manga. I'm officially addicted. I can't believe I lived this long without having watched or read it. I think I fell in love with it during Arlong Park and Nami quickly became my fave character, along with Zoro. But it's hard not to love all the SHs.
Anyways, just here to have some good discussions and to pass the time during long work hours when I have little to do.
Hope y'all have a good one!