Master helmsmen Jinbe
It wasn’t always clear to me what Jinbe’s official role would be on the Strawhat’s crew was, but he will be the helmsmen. The Strawhat’s never had an official helmsmen, with Nami, Usopp and Chopper all taking the role. A helmsmen is the person that steers the ship. Jinbe is unsurprisingly capable in this regard being a fishman with experience on the seas. Jinbe has been shown in the anime as being able to steer a ship out of the way of cannon fire. In this chapter, Jinbe manages to use these skills to save the Strawhat’s from death. He use the “green room,” which is described as “a short lived pocket made inside the crest of a wave.”
Luffy in the Mirror-World
Luffy’s is notified by Nami that they have survived and smashed all the mirrors. Communicating through a mirror shard, Nami informs him that they will be meeting Sanji at Cacao Island in about ten hours. Katakuri attacks Luffy, who swallows the shard of glass. He informs Nami that they need to hurry, Katakuri reveals a trident made of mochi. He mocks Luffy suggesting that he knows what his last words are going to be. Luffy responds with those words, saying “he will not die here.” The real question regarding this part of the arc is what is Luffy going to do that can defeat Katakuri. It is the tendency of many shonen manga that the main character will ALWAYS find the strength to win. However, One piece at least occasionally allows Luffy and others to be defeated. It seems implausible that Luffy will “win” this fight, but he will likely escape somehow.
The Substitute Wedding Cake
Sanji, Pudding, and Chiffon arrive at Chocolat Town on Cacao Island and begin the preparation for the wedding cake. The top 31 chef’s of Whole Cake Island are present and Pudding extracts a roll of memory from head chef Buche, erasing the memories, ” of the wedding incident and led them to believe that the two of them got married smoothly; the reason that the cake was destroyed was because of bad weather.”
Meanwhile, Sanji sketched the new wedding cake, to the surprise of the head chef’s. They are impressed by Sanji’s ability to craft the “perfect” cake. I think that considering the likely inability of Strawhat’s defeating the Big Mom pirates, the new cake will be the peace maker. Big Mom is so irrational regarding cake that this substitute cake will not only stop her, but will probably love Sanji and by extension the Strawhats, letting them go.
The Strawhat’s are in deep trouble
In the Mirro-World, Katakuri is surprised that Perospero is still alive. Perospero then mocks Pedro’s sacrifice calling it “pointless.” Luffy is floored after being damaged by Katakuri, Brulee awakens as he tells her to send more troops to the Sunny to burn it down. Their sisters Mascarpone and Joscarpone have mirrors that lead to the Sunny, Luffy attempts to destroy those mirrors, but fails.
Katakuri continues to dominate Luffy with mochi leg, Luffy manages to dodge. He grabs some shards of a broken mirror calling out to Nami on the Sunny. He tells them to break the two mirrors that remain on the Sunny. However, Carrot points out to Nami that Big Mom has created a massive homie out of a wave. Seeing the wave Nami tells Luffy the they “might be done after all.” The Strawhat’s are in an impossible position, they’re outmatched and outsmarted. I don’t think that Luffy is capable of beating Katakuri. However, I’m certain that either, Jimbe will fight Big Mom buying them time or Brooke will use the Coup de Burst escaping immediate danger.
Big Mom’s near invisible
The massive lighting attack created by Nami and Zeus fails, as Big Mom is seeming unaffected. In her wedding cake obsessed trance she continues to walk in a straight line while in the hole, created by the lighting, by eating through the earth. Big Mom resurfaces, forcing the Strawhat’s to flee.
Chiffon and Pudding finally reach the Strawhat’s, Pudding goes through erratic mood swings falling in love with Sanji and then threatening to kill them. Luffy becomes annoyed by her behavior, a wonders if she can be trusted. Chiffon takes the lead, informing Sanji that they need to make a cake to stop Big Mom from rampaging. She says “they will make it in Chocolatown on Cacao Island,” the other Strawhat’s are expected to dodge Big Mom while this cake is being made.
Chopper and Brook verses Big Mom Pirates
Chopper and Brook face off against many Chess soldiers easily defeating them, however, they keep coming through the mirror in Nami’s room. They decide that the mirror needs to be broken. The Big Mom pirates still believe that the lighting bolt destroyed the Strawhat crew. Brooke refuses to listen to them, as Luffy and the others arrive at the Sunny.
Another good chapter, as the Strawhat’s don’t initially escape danger but have a plan that will likely save them. On thing I’m noticing in this arc is the abundance of “disorders,” or uncontrollable behavior. Big Mom, Pudding and Zeus, are susceptible to uncontrollable urges. All these behaviors get in the way of their goals. I predict that Sanji will make a cake so good that either Big Mom will want to capture him permanently or she will let the Strawhat’s go free as thanks.
Big Mom, Big Power
Big Mom charges toward King Baum and the Strawhat’s, she uses her Elbaf Spear: Foreign Threat, blowing a massive hole into King Baum. Luffy remarks that her attack was similar to a giant swing. Big Mom being a yonko means she’s considered one of the four strongest characters in the series, so it’s not surprising that she has such strength. However, it is impressive to watch her power displayed. King Baum is understandingly frightened and begs for forgiveness. Nami manipulates him by reminding him that about his fiancee, he begins to run as Big Mom prepares to strike again.
Nami power up
Nami has a plan to help the strawhat’s, she uses Black Ball and Zeus begins to eat them. Big Mom falls off and misses the Strawhat’s with her attack. King Baum and the Strawhat’s make it to the seducing forest. With the sunny in sight the Strawhat’s hopes are up, Zeus quickly catches up to the Strawhat’s. He asks for more of “those little thunderclouds,” Nami asks that if he is willing to “be her servant in exchange.” Zeus seems to have no allegiance to Big Mom and simply asks Nami “what should I do?” She asks him to cover the whole sky.
King Baum’s death, Strawhat’s are trapped
Big Mom tell’s the seducing forest to “stop them,” overriding the authority of King Baum. Prometheus attacks King Baum by growing into a sun sized ball of fire. He obliterates King Baum, as the Strawhat’s flee. Meanwhile, in the mirror world, ten thousand soldiers are waiting to be deployed. The Battleships are also deployed, as are sea slugs underwater, within the sunny waits Katakuri. Bege continues to flee, but Pudding catches up to them. Chiffon refuse to help make the cake for Big Mom, but Pudding is asking for her help saving Sanji and the strawhat’s. Pudding is frustrating as a character, I have no belief that she has reformed herself. However, it would help the Strawhat’s if she did. The deck is stacked against them now and I don’t know what’s going to happen next.
The citizens of Sweet City recover from the damage caused by the explosion of the Tamatebako, with the Whole Cake Chateau in ruins, along with the wedding, wedding cake and Vinsmoke assassination plan. They are all uncertain what the cause of the explosion, meanwhile, Katakuri has sent squads to hunt after the Straw Hats, Fire Tank Pirates and the Germa. He asks Brulee to accompany him, as he plans to kill Luffy.
Smoothie interrupts them to announce that they need to flee, Big Mom is behind her, as her eating disorder caused her to begin a rampage. Big Mom has a dead Opera in her hand, shocking the Big Mom pirates. All of their lives are now in danger, as Big Mom attacks indiscriminately. Perospero foolishly lies to her telling her that there’s a second cake and the Strawhat’s stole it. Big Mom warns him that if he’s lying she will kill him. She summons Zeus and rides it towards the Strawhat’s.
Katakuri and the others are relieved but know that Perospero only bought the some time. Pudding arrives and reveals a plan to make a chocolate chiffon cake, she seems to back to her evil ways and hopes that Big Mom kills Sanji. The Strawhat’s are rushing to escape and ride a newly sewn together King Baum, they cut through the Seducing Woods. Big Mom quickly catches up to them and she demands the cake back, wielding Napoleon in sword form.
Opera’s death isn’t very important nor was it surprising he was already proven to be a traitor. However, the danger Big Mom represents to her own family seems to create a rather tense environment. Normally she’s irrational and selfish, in her current mentality she’s even worst. Perospero basically commits suicide by lying to Big Mom, but manages to save the Big Mom pirates at the expense of the Strawhat’s. I feel that one of the Strawhat’s will sacrifice themselves to buy them time, the best bet will be that it’s Pedro.
Whole Cake Chateau is saved
The Whole Cake Chateau begins to fall after the Tamatebako explodes, the citizens begin to panic as does. In the commotion the Strawhat pirates, Fire Tank pirates and the Vinsmoke family all flee. Big Mom also falls and Bege rejoices as he believes that the Big Mom pirates are finished. However, Streusen uses his ability to cut the top of the Chateau off, saving the citizens and Big Mom pirates.
Going their separate ways
Bege ejects the Strawhat’s from his body and tells them it’s time to prepare to go “their separate ways,” he returns the heart to Caesar. The strawhat’s prepare to escape and Bege warns them that it will take a “day’s journey to escape.” The strawhat’s prepare to take the Shark Submerge 3 back to the Thousand Sunny. The Big Mom pirates split into two groups, one to follow the Strawhat’s and the other to follow the Fire Tank pirates. However, Big Mom’s “eating disorder” kicks in, spelling doom for those nearby.
As I predicted the Tamatebako explosion was going to save the Strawhat’s and their allies, whether they escape still remains to be seen. However, Big Mom is about to go on a food rage which will surely make it easier. The real question is what happens when she does. When we were shown Big Mom as a child and she went into a food rage she appeared to eat all her friends. If this indeed did happen it is likely that she will attempt to eat her family. I wonder if she will or will her family be able to stop her? Maybe the end of Big Mom or the Big Mom pirates will be her doing?
The Germa Kingdom steps up
The Strawhat’s and the others would be dead without the Vinsmoke family stepping up and defending them. Judge attacks Big Mom directly with his spear, she simply breaks the spear with her teeth. She counters with Zeus, while promising to use his scientific powers for her benefit. One strange response to his defeat at the hands of Big Mom was his children, Niji and Yonji. The Vinsmokes are suppose to be emotionless, but they seemed to be willing to sacrifice themselves for their father.
Luffy versus Big Mom
One of the appealing aspects of the One Piece series is that there are numerous characters that are incredibly strong. Big Mom being a Yonko puts her on another level compared to everyone else. However, newer pirates like Luffy are rising up in the ranks, so it’s interesting to see how he stacks up. The answer apparently is not well. Luffy decides that he wants to punch her “just once,” he activates “Gear Fourth,” but it’s easily block by Big Mom.
Tamatebako is a deus ex machina
This may be a premature claim, as we haven’t seen the results of the explosion, but how else will everyone escape from this dire situation. I think its a good thing that Luffy and the strawhat’s aren’t strong enough to defeat Big Mom yet. However, I think it’s telling that Luffy stated that he will defeat Big Mom AFTER he beats Kaido. Considering that even Big Mom believes that he’s unbeatable, I think Oda is suggesting that within the story will see Luffy defeat him before doing the same to Big Mom. Whether, this occurs or not remains to be seen of course.
Judge and Germa 66 change of heart
Judge asks Sanji why he bothered saving them and he responds “that his father would be saddened to see him holding on to a childhood grudge and laughing at his blood relatives’ death.” Sanji tells Judge to forget that their father and son, Judge agrees. He promises that he will no longer come near Sanji or East Blue. The Germa 66 plan on fighting against the Big Mom pirates, and since they all can fly on their own will not need to remain within Bege to escape.
Bege surprises everyone with his concern for his crew, wife and son. Normally, it shouldn’t be surprising but Bege’s persona suggested that he would care. He comes up with a plan where he will return to his normal size and with Caesar reluctant help escape. Germa explains that they will help the alliance escape. Caesar, the Vinsmokes, and Bege begin the plan. The Big Mom pirates open fire and are deflected by the Vinsmokes. Big Mom attacks with Prometheus causing Reiju to be damaged, she then uses her fist and surprisingly both Luffy and Sanji counter her attack.
I can’t shake the feeling that someone in the Strawhat crew is going to die. My most reasonable guess is that it will be Sanji. However, I hope I’m wrong. It seems that it’s more likely that the Germa 66 will fight to the death against the odds and ultimately be killed. While this won’t redeem them, it will help save the Strawhat’s and the Fire Tank Pirates. It is also possible that some third party, like the Sun Pirates or the army from the Germa Kingdom. Regardless, the stakes are increasing and this arc is reaching it’s climax.
Carmel’s uses Soru Soru no Mi
During Linlin’s rampage she manages to severely injures Jorl, Carmel then uses her soul to give the flames caused by Linlin human characteristics. She names the newly anthropomorphize fire, Pandora. Carmel claims that Pandora is a sun god and has made everything right. Jarl is unsatisfied and attempts to kill Linlin in her sleep. Carmel begs him to let her leave with Linlin and he tearfully (due to his brothers likely death), and let’s them go. Linlin becomes hated in the giant race around the world. It turns out that Carmel originally had the Soru Soru no Mi and used it to suggest that the Gods have influence in the real world. She seems to have succeed in convincing the masses of the fact.
Mother Carmel is a fraud
Carmel begins a new sheep house, she goes to the World Government, telling CP-0 agents that she was willing to sell Linlin for a high price. Carmel reveals that she has sold several high quality orphans as spies. Carmel is called the “Mountain Witch,” and has been a trafficker of orphans. She lies to the children, raising them to be sold later to the Government. It’s somewhat shocking that Mother Carmel turned out to be a fraud. I wonder what happened to the orphan sold to the government. Are they resentful? It’s possible that they had a much better life with the government?
Linlin eats her friends and Mother Carmel?
The most confusing and potentially troubling is what happens during Linlin’s sixth birthday or more accurately what appears to happen. Linlin is given a large amount of Selma called “croquembouche.” She gorges herself on the selma and she claims to have had the “greatest birthday of her life.” When she opens her eyes to thank them, she realizes that they all have “disappeared.” The clear assumption is that Linlin ate all of her friends. The best evidence for this is the fact that Mother Carmel disappears along with the others and we know that Linlin has her Soru Soru no Mi devil fruit ability. It seems logical that in consuming Carmel she could have consumed he abilities as a consequence.
Big Mom’s abandonment
Charlotte Linlin aka Big Mom, she’s abandoned by her normal sized human parents ate the age of five. It’s stated by her father that she has already caused many “causalities.” They hope that the “holy mother,” will save her. Linlin remains still in the spot that her parents left her all night. At this point you can’t help but feel sorry for her. While, she remains ignorant of her harmful behavior, it’s clearly understandable that her parents felt it was necessary to abandon her.
Introducing Sister Carmel
We flashback to a century ago when two captains of the Giant Warrior Pirates, Dorry and Brogy, are about to be executed, Sister Carmel saves them. She argues that the killing of the giants will result in a war on humanity. She aims to create a racial harmonious world, establishing the Sheep’s House. 37 years later she finds Linlin and offers her a home. The other children with Sister Carmel teases Linlin, stating that she naive to believe that her parents are returning.
Linlin tries to fit in
Initially, Linlin is happy to find that she now lives in an environment made to accommodate her size. Linlin reveals that while she has an innocent view of the world, but her massive strength and ignorance of how the world works causes her to cause undue harm. Linlin attempts to stop the fight between a bear and wolf, she is able to discern that fighting is wrong, but doesn’t realize that putting the wolf and bear together in a cage will come at a cost.She continues to try and “help,” others but only manages to hurt them. She breaks the bones of Eyri, attempting to squash a mosquito.
Her ignorance of the other races results in her trying to help by tearing limbs or fins off of the longarm tribe and merpeople. One important constant is Sister Caramel’s forgiving Linlin for everything. Linlin gets a taste of selma and after begin asks to fast, Linlin can’t control her hungry and goes on a rampage, destroying the village Elbaf. Lord Yorle has decided that he cannot forgive Linlin this time, attacking her. This chapter has garnered some sympathy for Big Mom, but it’s only small. She may not be intentional in her behavior, however, she is a major threat to society. I predict that during the battle Sister Caramel gets killed by Linlin.