The battle is finally over, and the good guys have claimed victory. It’s not really the Straw Hats victory but more so a victory for the Fishmen. We found out last time that it wasn’t Luffy who put a stop to the ship (even though he probably could), but the sea kings via the Princess’s power. Let’s see how this all wraps up.
First of all I have to take some time here to admit I was wrong. I really didn’t believe anyone was going to join the crew this arc, but now after this chapter all signs are showing that isn’t the case. What totally blew me out of the water was the last page of this chapter, where Luffy asked Jinbe to join his crew. After the battle Luffy was badly damaged, and needed blood fast. Despite the law, Jinbe gave Luffy some of his own to save his life, thus linking these two not only by friendship, but by blood as well. After an act like that Luffy had to ask him to join.
However, Luffy has asked many people throughout his journey to join his crew which ended up turning him down. So is Jinbe one of those people who has other obligations they must attend to rather than be a pirate superstar, like Vivi for example? That is a tough question. Yes he can stay on the island and help them rebuild, while helping them return to the surface, or they might make him King or something. I don’t think this is the case. After giving his blood to Luffy, I think this might have ostracized him a little bit from the community. So the only thing left for him is to join the Straw Hats and help preserve Fishman culture that way.
Some other important notes, it looks like the Princess’s power to control sea kings actually has the potential to destroy the world, and they will pull Noah when the time comes to leave, whenever that is. Also Caribou escaped with all the treasure in the castle’s vault, leaving the mermaids for Sanji.
I can’t really see anything bad about this chapter, other than the sea kings not joining the Straw Hats.
THE VERDICT 4/5
What an exciting chapter, which I guess only for me, was really a shocker. Jinbe would make an excellent addition to the team as the serious, father-like figure they have all been waiting for. But will he join? That is the question that will be on all of our minds as we wait for next chapter!