Oh wow, so Pudding wasn’t who she made herself out to be, I am so glad. I am so glad the immense suspicion I had for Pudding and the uneasiness I felt from her character were correctly placed. I so wanted to believe in Pudding’s “pure” side but the imbalance of her character within the context of this arc made it painfully hard not to doubt her character. It was grating and unpleasant not to believe her kindness when there was no concrete reason to doubt her action, so I am glad, glad that I didn’t misjudge a character and blacken my heart in error. Pudding not being the kind and pure girl she pretended to be and instead being rotten to core also helps convey to myself that I am not as confused with the flow of this story arc as I had initially concluded.
The “Pudding” Sanji and the Straw Hat’s knew really was too good to be true. She was too kind-hearted, too innocent, and too normal to be real, especially with her being one of the daughters of Big Mom. I expressed my concerns in an earlier post, that Pudding may be just as twisted as Big Mom (if not more) and was getting her kicks from playing with Sanji’s emotions and feelings. This really turned out to be true, Pudding is finding immense satisfaction in belittling Sanji and mocking the very love he has for her (poor Sanji). Characters really are all about balance and right now with Pudding’s ‘true self’ revealed, her character makes sense; I now understand what her story is and what her purpose is. Plus her Memo Memo no Mi definitely does suit her with her gullible and rotten personality. She really does love to monologue her plans and this would be a problem if not for her ability to edit the memories of others. Fortunately Sanji, Luffy and Nami are now aware of her true self and I look forward to the day when Pudding gets what coming to her.
At least Sanji still has Nami and Robin and lets not forget about Viola! You still have a Princess waiting for you Sanji, one who appreciates who you are and who considers you to be her hero! Still, how incredibly brutal for Sanji to overhear such a conversation when he was high on his love for Pudding. To have all of that come crashing down with the abrupt revelation of Pudding’s true character and the disgust she has for him expressed through her insults and mockery. Sanji was genuinely in love with her and wanted to make a real future together with her. All of those feelings he had for Pudding, all of his heart which he dedicated to her, all of the love he felt for her, they were all callously ripped apart. What will Sanji do now that he knows the truth? His family still needs saving and even though they don’t care for him (save Reiju), they are still his family. Hopefully once he does save them, their family relationship can improve. At the very least, I believe (and hope) Sanji and Reiju will grow closer as siblings.
Chopper and Carrot, with them now on route towards the Castle Mirrors, it seems likely they will arrive in time to save Brook. Based on Brook’s comment of resolving to ‘get away with the Road Poneglyph’ I believe he has already made the imprint of the Road Poneglyph. If Chopper and Carrot can save Brook, they will have completed one part of their mission. Props to Brook though, he has been exceptionally badass in this arc. Can’t wait to see more of the Soul King. Pedro is also getting some great coverage, I did not expect him to be as powerful as he displayed himself as being in chapter 850 – he seemly cut Baron Tamago in two but I seriously doubt their battle is over. Baron Tamago most likely used a Devil Fruit (an egg based fruit – Egg Egg no Mi?) to avoid Pedro’s strike. Can’t believe Pedro ripped out his own eye and sacrificed it to Big Mom to reduce his Life payment five years ago. That resolve he displayed will surely pay dividends now. And quite possibly once Luffy gets winds of the life Big Mom stole from Pedro, the Straw Hat Pirates will acquire another objective (along with saving the Vinsmoke family). Chopper and Carrot will definitely rescue everyone gather them within the Mirror World, so I look forward to see what Luffy decides once this happens.
Jinbe, JINBEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! Finally, he has arrived to save Luffy and Nami and with this the Straw Hat Pirates can launch their counter attack. Free the other prisoners and drown Totto Land within chaos! Create some allies and disrupt the plans of a Yonko! Ah, it is so good to see Jinbe again and now it won’t be long until Jinbe officially becomes a Straw Hat Pirate. Take back your nakama and defeat Big Mom, Luffy! Super excited to see what happens nex- JINBEEEEEEE!