Last chapter we left on quite the high note, Luffy just asked Jinbe to join the Straw Hat crew. This question seemed totally out of left field, but we have been given little hints here and there that there might be a future for this blue-faced fishman. The answer we have all been waiting for is here, let us find out if he will become the Pirate King’s helmsman.
So will Jinbe join the crew? Well, the answer is not so simple, it’s both yes and no. Oh man my heart really did sink when I first read that he will not be joining the Straw Hats. However, soon after his rejection we were told that his answer was no for now, but will become a yes later. You see Jinbe has some things to take care of first, whatever they might be, but afterward he will come back to the Straw Hats and join them for good. It’s sad that he is not joining now, but this might be better in the long run. Why?
Well because this is shonen after all. One of shonen’s best used tropes is when the heroes are in trouble and are seconds away from death when suddenly help arrives to relieve the heroes and join the battle. I’m pretty sure Jinbe is going to be used in this fashion, plus this particular trope is not used in One Piece often, so it will be even more glorious.
This chapter is also home to the usual end of arc celebratory feast. The Straw Hats were just going to leave and move on with their lives, but the feast really did draw them back in. Personally I kind of wished they left, so that there weren’t idolized like their initial intentions, but Luffy can not say no to meat, as we all know. But then we wouldn't have heard the other final tidbit of information that blew my mind. That through Robin’s research she has realized that the Princess is actually the ancient weapon Poseidon since she possesses all the abilities of the original mermaid.
Even though I said that this will probably work out better in the end, I still want Jinbe now!
THE VERDICT 4/5
These last two chapters really shook things up. First giving us hope that there will be a new Straw Hat this arc, and then shooting down that idea for now in hopes for a future blue Straw Hat. It’s nice seeing that Oda isn’t just following the formula that he created, but changing it as he progresses through this story.