One Piece – Chapter 648-650
So I guess this is the end to the Fishman Island arc. In many ways, it really wasn’t what I expected. Something I heard from quite a few people is that this was never supposed to be a big game-changing storyline like the last few have been. The thing it reminded me of most was actually the Drum Island arc where Chopper was introduced. There was a good deal of tension and an interesting backstory, but the actual enemies weren’t all that impressive. I think Luffy had more difficulty with the weather than the actual fight against Wapol, which is kind of like how Hody was only challenging because of the water. In both cases, I think the main purpose of the arc was buildup for what’s to come. Plus the Drum Island arc was meant to introduce a new member of the crew, and the Fishman Island arc…
Yeah, I’m still not entirely sure whether Jinbei is supposed to join the crew or not. I was hoping he would, since he’s interesting and seems to get along well with the other crewmates, and because I actually haven’t really seen a crew member join as I’ve been reading. What I’ve found interesting, though, is that everyone I spoke to about this chapter seems to have already accepted that Jinbei will join at some point in the future, if not right away. I know that he’s going to still be their ally later on, but it’s a bit more difficult for me to accept that his joining is a sure thing, especially since I don’t think the crew will have too many more new additions in the future.
There’s an interesting post I read a while back regarding the current crew. According to something Oda may have said, the Straw Hats are supposed to be written not only as a family, but as specific members of a family. The main six are the siblings, Robin and Franky are the mom and dad, and Brooke is the perverted grandfather. As soon as I read that, I immediately thought the next crew member to join would have to represent the grandmother of the family. This was back during the Marineford arc, and since Old Lady Whats-Her-Name from the World Government wasn’t likely to join, I thought it would be Perona. Naturally, this was not to be. When I think of all that with respect to the current cast, I suppose I could see Jinbei acting as the uncle of this family. Actually, I see him as the father and Franky as the uncle, but who knows what Oda’s family was like growing up.
I’m not sure what other business Jinbei has to deal with, but these next few chapters look like they’ll be dealing more with the bigger picture. For all we know, dealing with his current affairs could actually be easier if he teams up with the Straw Hats. Whatever the case, I know this isn’t the last we’ll be seeing of him, and I’m looking forward to where everyone’s stories take them next.
Yeah, getting this one in rather late, but finals are like that. I likely won’t have another post ready until after the 20th, but I may already have a few post ideas prepared for when that happens. See you guys then.