OK, before we get started, I’d ask you ONE PIECE experts to clear a couple things up for me. Since the Straw Hats are rather pointedly divided into those who’ve eaten Devil Fruit and those who haven’t, am I right in assuming that Luffy’s Gum Gum Fruit is a type of Devil Fruit and anybody who eats a Devil Fruit gets powers unique to the type they’ve eaten? And since they make another point about keeping Devil Fruit eaters out of the Shark Submersible, am I also right in inferring that the price of these powers is a vulnerability to salt water, or perhaps something else lurking within the high sea?
I feel like the latter possibility would be really necessary, since Luffy’s seemed otherwise free of vulnerabilities to anything aside from his insatiable appetite…
Of the many (and sometimes dubious) bits of praise I can give to Oda, I’d say he deserves some kudos for making an interesting gimmick/power out of what at first seems like dodgy anatomy. The new bad guy’s extra arm bones kept tripping me out every time there’d be a new angle - - it kept looking like a mistake in drawing. However, once he literally knocked all the wind out of Luffy with his spinning lariat attack (or whatever it was), the switch flipped in my head and the triple-joints started looking a really clever gimmick (albeit a peculiar one).
Having seen these Straw Hats in action for long enough, I can reiterate my choice of Brook as a favorite. Even in a world as out-and-out ludicrous as this, a rock-and-roll skeleton swordsman is just that much more delightfully absurd. Tony Tony Chopper’s a close second, though, so this seems like as good a time as any to request an informal poll from you loyal lunatics.
Who’s your favorite Straw Hat? Go on and share your choices in the talkback, and we’ll get the votes tallied next week.