Excellent chapter and I'm liking the pacing!
I liked the cover story too, but only because of Bege's kid.
Sasaki was tied to a sacred tree, but I guess it doesn't hold signficiance to Wano Kuni if Oda let it get destroyed for nothing.
The action not starting against Kaidou is a bit disappointing, but it does show us power levels quite clearly. The Minks that cannot control Suu Long, those that can, Mink execs, and Inuarashi/Nekomamushi. Jack can handle masses of the lower two tiers, but is still getting wounded (probably primarily by those in Suu Long, which is why he is ignoring those without Suu Long). But the best part is that Inuarashi or Nekomamushi ALONE with their Suu Long should be enough to take down Jack!
I'm super excited and I hope Oda does something unique for their Suu Long, which is possible with him shading them out. Jack is actually shaking in FEAR! This is based on the sound effects on that last panel before they jump at him.
The one thing that really stands out to me is Hawkins' survival calculation. In typical Oda fashion, the real answer is probably who isn't initially indicated. Most people would go to Luffy. I think it is meant for Drake. This doesn't take into account Luffy's luck, so he'll survive.
I'm too lazy to look up numbers, but I think King isn't counting the samurai in his 30,000 vs. 5000.
Was Zoro able to slice things without touching it before? The visual really threw me off. Maybe it's just the angle, but the mace doesn't look like it is above Zoro and is quite a bit in front of him.
Best of all, Hyou-jiji is confirming for us that Luffy has gained proficiency with level 2 haki with off screen training.
The highlight of the chapter is probably Drake being found out. I REALLY hope we see that the Number (5th number) Luffy attacks stays KO'ed longer than the one Drake attacks. If a normal attack from Drake is equal to Luffy using level 2 haki...things are going to be VERY bad. Hopefully not, but the tiny panel of Coby is huge. More of Luffy's "luck" through being able to create allies through his personality.
Looks like chapter 1000 is going to be the initial Luffy and allies (Drake, Scabbards, and by previous comments maybe even Zoro) taking on Kaidou. Current pacing implies this. I'll just leave it at that. >
I don't remember if this was revealed before but nice, Drake was the one that freed Law! Nice to see that he's joining the alliance too! (Ever since he was revealed to be a spy for the navy, I feel like I've been liking him more and more.)
Nope, this is a new reveal! The upcoming action is a whole lot to look forward to!