Luffy and company try to tame the kraken.
No sea creature is safe from the Straw Hats.
Luffy wants to tame the kraken and use it to pull the ship, but the other crew members are in disagreement about what they should do. The Caribou Pirates return to rescue their captain, but their ship is crushed by the kraken. The kraken then tries to smash the Sunny but the Sunny dodges the blow in time. Nami suggest that they use the Sunny's Coup de Burst to shoot past the kraken, but Franky states that there won't be any air left if they use the burst. Seeing the Straw Hats in disagreement, Caribou suggest that the ones who want to fight the kraken go outside in individual bubbles. Luffy, Zoro and Sanji are coated and they walk off the ship. While Franky and Chopper protect the ship from the kraken, Luffy charges up a giant Gear 3 fist but has trouble swing it due to his arm extending into the water. To buy Luffy some time, Sanji uses his newly developed super fast speed to run out of his bubble and kick the kraken, and Zoro also slices up one of the kraken's tentacles. Luffy finally charges up and rocks the kraken with his giant hardened fist. The kraken is knocked out, but the crew spots a large shark wearing a shirt swimming near the kraken. The kraken then falls off the cliff ledge and is sucked into the downward stream. Luffy, Zoro and Sanji are also sucked in, and the rest of the crew follow suit in the Sunny, but in the increasing darkness they lose track of the trio.
The descent finally stops and the ship 7000 meters below the surface. Being pitch dark outside, Franky turns on his built-in lights and the crew spots many giant deep water creatures.
I thought Luffy might try to use a haki stare-down on the kraken, but he actually went out to fight the creature physically. The chapter was mostly a showcase for the crew members to demonstrate some of their new abilities. Luffy can use haki to condition himself; Zoro can cut up larger object; Sanji has super foot speed; Franky has more gadgets; Robin can do giant hands; and Chopper can turn into a giant puffball cushion. With so many new powers on board, the kraken obviously had no chance, but it was interesting how a shark suddenly showed up after the kraken was knocked out. Was the shark "piloting" the kraken? We probably won't find out for a while. With the kraken out of the way, the Straw Hats are onto the next depth on their journey to Fishmen Island, and the three strongest crew members are separated from the ship and there are quite a few giant a dangerous-looking sea creatures swimming about. It might be another "beat up giant seas monster" chapter next week, and I'm okay with that as long as the action is good.
As for Caribou, his crew seem to be done for, so he'll be probably be sticking with the Straw Hats at least for this journey. I still don't think Caribou will join the Straw Hats (too bloodthirsty), but with the three strongest Straw Hats gone Caribou might be plotting to overpower the rest of the crew.
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