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.
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 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 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.
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 Midevil fruit ability. It seems logical that in consuming Carmel she could have consumed he abilities as a consequence.
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.
Big Mom fails to land a hit on Jinbe and Luffy, meanwhile, Brook destroys the picture of Mother Carmel. He reveals himself to everyone much to the surprise of the Big Mom pirates. Many of the wedding guests think that he actually pulled his own skin off resulting a lot of comedic moments. Big Mom’s reaction is more muted than previously expected.
Pudding meanwhile attempts to shoot Sanji, but he effortlessly manages to dodge her shots. She is attacked by her older brother, Charlotte Daifuku. He ate the Hoya Hoya no Mi, that gave him the ability to summon a genie from his body. Diafuku’s genie attacks Sanji, meanwhile, Caesar begins his part in the plan. Bege attacks Luffy to keep his cover, Jinbe is concerned that Big Mom hasn’t reacted yet.
Pedro faces off against Charlotte Oven, who ate the Netsu Netsu no Mi. Oven remembers Pedro from the first invasion and promises that he will not show him any mercy. Nami, Chopper and Carrot remain in the cake waiting for their moment to strike. Brook is decapitated and his head rolls towards Luffy, Judge cries out for help as he and his family is held at gunpoint.
Judge says that “there should be honor among thieves,” his sons are critical of his behavior, due to the fact that his children are sociopaths. Meanwhile, Brook tells Luffy that they need to show Big Mom the broken picture. Bege notices that Katakuri has completely “turned white,” meaning that he’s seen a “horrible future.” Bege tells everyone to get ready for Big Mom’s scream, while he tells Katakuri that “Katakuri can see a bit into the future, anyone has the power to change it.”
Another great chapter. The plan isn’t going as planned considering Big Mom doesn’t instantly begin screaming. Brook is of course the comic relief of this chapter. The abilities of Charlotte’s Daifuku and Oven are interesting. Daifuku genie is the most interesting power of the two, not much is know about the genies abilities but it’s strong enough to combat Sanji. Judge being a coward wasn’t really surprising nor was the consequences of how he raised his sons. I think it’s unlikely that they are killed without a fight. I feel they will be rescued by the Strawhat’s but be ungrateful, and probably won’t help the Strawhat’s fight Big Mom. Finally, I’m hoping to see a full fight between Bege and Katakuri could be awesome.
Luffy uses a mirror inside the wedding cake and using the abilities of Brulee to reflect an image of someone onto another person. Luffy captures several animals and Luffy uses the copies as the distraction as they jump out of the giant cake. The cake topples over and Big Mom is outraged at the sight of the cake falling. She demands that a new cake be made and she threatens to kill the cooks. She uses her “Soul Pocus” abilities on them an kills them.
Luffy vs Big Mom
Big Mom wonders which of the Luffy clone’s are real. Bege is impressed with Luffy’s plan at first, but is shocked when Luffy reveals his real self. Luffy targets the photo of Mother Carmel, Big Mom uses Zeus and Prometheus and prepares to attack him. Katakuri attacks Luffy with a sticky substance trapping his arms and legs. It is revealed that Katakuri consumed the Mochi Mochi no Mi a logia-type devil fruit.
Jinbe is boss
Jinbe rescues Luffy from Katakuri’s attack. He admits to Big Mom that he was the one that told Luffy about Mother Carmel’s photo. Big Mom accuses him of trying to start a mutiny, he tells her that he’s merely quitting her crew and joining the Strawhat’s. Luffy is excited to hear this news and Big Mom claims that she is fine with this. However, she demands that Jinbe offer up his lifespan. Jinbe consents to his lifespan being taken, but Big Mom fails to take his life.
Jinbe explains that “he will not cower at a mere yonko,” especially if he plans on joining the crew of the “future pirate king.” Big Mom announces that they are now officially enemies, meanwhile, Brook appearing as a Luffy clone breaks the picture of Mother Carmel. This chapter was amazing. I knew the plan wasn’t going to go off perfectly, but the chaos that occur was fun to watch.
Jinbe as always is the standout of this chapter, having no fear of Big Mom is impressive considering her power. I couldn’t be more excited for Jinbe to join the Strawhat’s. Caesar is a red flag for me, I think he will betray them at some point. Sanji seems to have fallen in love with Pudding, but despite the fact she was abused, her bad choices may be too much to forgive. Is it possible that Sanji leaves as Jinbe joins the crew? Anyway another good chapter.
The Strawhat’s and the Fire Tank Pirates meet to discuss the plan to assassinate Big Mom. While, Sanji doesn’t seem particularly interested in the assassination of Big Mom, however, he finds the idea difficult to image. The Strawhat’s wonder how can they accomplish this with Big Mom being surrounded by her ministers. Bege tells them “under certain conditions, they will have five seconds to take Big Mom’s head.” Failure will probably result in death.
The plan begins with Caesar Clown using his KX Launcher, which will kill any one that is hit by the phosphorous poison. However, the poison can’t pierce the skin of Big Mom. In order to weaken her two conditions must be met, first, there must be no interference in the five seconds and Big Mom’s body must be weaken. Bege explains that Big Mom was once injured at a previous tea party, when the photo of her Mother Carmel is damaged.
Big Mom’s weakness
Big Mom responded by emitting an Haoshoku Haki infused shriek, when she kneeled down she started to bleed. Bege plans to use this trigger to weaken Big Mom, the Strawhat’s will be given special earplugs to save themselves from being effected. Bege also reveals that Luffy will be the bait to distract Big Mom’s forces. Luffy agrees without much convincing, Luffy says that Sanji and Pudding kiss will be the signal. However, Sanji reminds him that “Pudding will shoot him before that, so he will dodge.”
Once Big Mom starts shrieking, Luffy can save the Vinsmokes. They can escape from the room through on of Brulee’s mirrors and get back to their ships. There’s no way this plan is going to work. The margins are too narrow and neither Bege, Caesar or Brulee are trust worthy enough. In order for this plan to work far too many moving parts will have too work seamlessly. I’m also surprise that Luffy is so willing to join in on assassination, he doesn’t often condone killing anyone. I also unfortunately believe that one of the Strawhat’s may be killed, or maybe Jinbe. Hopefully, I’m wrong.