He won over Nami in a manner that made Usopp suspicious instantly so, is it more than a coincidence that he joined up with Zoro? Hmmm...
I'm kinda surprised they took out the other smooth talking (I know for sure he complimented Usopp and one other person and then they all welcomed him in. >
Good thing he’s used to dealing with wounds like all the time. I’m actually surprised he fell over.
Ckimbrew For the longest time, Zoro had to get slashed up for him to fight seriously. Zoro has never been shown to eat massive amounts (he'll drink massive amounts, so maybe he is having caloric deficiencies), but the main clarification is that Zoro is "weakened" by his hunger.
I don't think that much time passed since he stuffed his face on sushi with Yasu, plus, he's been eating poisoned fish without any problems. But it's necessary for the plot to proceed, so the additional scene of Zoro feeling hungry and suddenly collapsing connects all the dots.>
Though using your severed muscles to constrict and hold a weapon by the blade that’s being pulled is badass on another level. He really needs some suturing lol.
Oh man...for sure! It all goes back to Zoro over the first half of the series where he doesn't fight seriously until he's highly damaged. So in one sense I kinda like the nostalgia aspect. Plus, the legit weakening explains why he is only able to match Kamazou's strength despite being in a completely different class once he actually tries.
No, even for Mihawk's strike, that went through most of his organs, Zoro only had Usopp's crappy stitching. It's the manga exaggerated healing (Luffy regrowing a tooth from milk), so he he'll be fine one he heals up with a whole bunch of sake (the equivalent with Luffy eating a bunch of meat, ah cuz same thing with Luffy's internal organ damage against Croc. He just needed a bunch of meat to fully recover). This ties into the weakening too, so it all fits perfectly.>
Luffy really needs to communicate. Such a Baka. Hyo is obviously trying to talk to him. Why is he being so dismissive? The kuma was adorable I like the red glow around Luffy’s fist, it’s interesting. They’re sticking with red for his Haki colors. I wonder how it’s going to play out.
Haha...well Hyou is only questioning. Plus Luffy thinks Hyou is weak and only needs protecting (he's always been completely dismissive of weak people, even if he likes them: Shirahoshi and Vivi in some instances comes to mind).
I will probably have to go back, but the animation that threw me off last night was the ground breaking into clean blocks. I was watching Zoro/Kamazou moving, so that was definitely something new/weird. I guess the projectiles being blocked could explain it, but it only happened twice and there were a bunch of projectiles used. Either way, the animation was close to movie level, which is SUPER rare for anime episodes.
They did show Zoro's haki externally too, but it was super subtle compared to Luffy/Kaidou/bat-guy. I really did like the shading/black and white emphasis for that short scene though.>
Looks like Luffy is starting to get the hang of it through practice just as he wanted.
Yes, he is making progress, but he got zero blast impact. Every correct usage is a full/proper counter => using the opponents momentum/force against them to create a bigger attack in return. Judo is completely based on this, and every martial art has some application of the concept since it is so foundational.>
During that same sequence, Luffy has his red aura, but it wasn’t controlled.
Yup, and in the partially successful attack against the Kuma-Gifter, it is concentrated correctly. The visualization of the haki is also different (can't say more since it's spoilers FYI).>
hard to say which character was definitively stronger though... (I’m a Zoro fan FYI)
And this is exactly why I have a problem with the last episode. Gonna tag you above so I'm not typing the same thing over again. Once Zoro chooses to fight seriously, he completely demolishes Kamazou. He's so strong that Komurasaki is shocked (and she's contextually had to have seen what the strongest samurai in Wano Kuni/the capitol can do => the strongest and richest are her customers).
Yes, there needs to be drama, but we don't consider Gifters to be at Luffy's level. It's shown in the preview, but the wound is necessary for the plot to proceed, so there had to be a reason for the injury and for the fight to be close. The manga doesn't clarify the latter, but the anime does. All the breadcrumbs are there, and nothing implies Kamazou is even within two or three tiers of power levels as Zoro. >
I know some of us were under the impression that highly skilled swordsmen knew about advanced techniques similar to what Luffy is trying to figure out now. Zoro’s finishing move was explosive as well and his aura is definitely more pronounced now.
Yup, this is the first time the haki energy is shown externally, but much more subtle (even the manga had it seeping out higher/farther away from his blade/body). But like you mentioned, Kamazou wasn't fighting seriously either and had the second scythe taken by Zoro (just numbers wise Kamazou is at 50% while Zoro goes from 66% up to his full 100% in terms of swords only since the injury saps quite a bit of his true 100% without being weakened).
I'm personally kinda curious if we are going to have colors associated with individual characters. I.E. Luffy stays red the entire series, Zoro stays black (or has this gray-scale effect), Kaidou stays blue, etc.