So this is what Pound’s story has been building up towards. Discarded by Linlin from the day his daughters were born and banished from the Charlotte family never to be allowed to see his daughters until today. The joy welling up inside Pound at the sight of his daughter being happy motivated Pound to lay his very life on the line to protect that happiness. In the end, in order to ensure Chiffon and her family escaped, Pound confronted Oven and drew away Oven’s wrath from Chiffon towards himself.
Pound’s “sacrifice” was quite powerful emotionally. The sorrowful nature of that moment was more heartwrenching with the obliviousness of Chiffon of not knowing who Pound was to her. Deep down I am sure all the readers or at least the majority of them wanted Chiffon to witness the bravery of her father and that despite having a mother like Big Mom who despised her, she has another parent who would do anything for her.
Now with that said, Pound is not dead. I guarantee you that Oda-sensei is playing with the readers emotion and will reveal Pound alive once the current arc events are dealt with. Oda-sensei will do the same for Pedro and Moscato (possibly once their soul fragments stolen by Big Mom are returned to them). This is the writing style of Oda-sensei built up by 887 chapters. Oda-sensei rarely kills off present time characters unless their deaths can move forward the story of One Piece such as how Ace and Whitebeard’s deaths substantially evolved the story. Pound dying now contributes nothing especially with Pound still having to meet Lola and for his daughters to learn who their father really is. The obvious reluctance to avoid fully showing the moment Oven slashes Pound is incredibly telling about Oda-sensei’s intention.
Another built-up theme by Oda-sensei in recent times is one focusing on the Eleven Supernovas and the unique nature of the ships they sail. The Straw Hat Pirate ship can fly, Law’s ship is a submarine, and now we learn that Bege’s ship is amphibious allowing it to also travel on land. Given that consistent theme, I am curious to learn how the other Eleven Supernovas ships are special – will one of them have a ship that can travel underground? Kid’s ship equipped with a metal drill?
The other focus in this chapter was Oven and how idiotic he is. Why are so many of the Big Mom Pirates such retards? Does Oven REALLY want the wedding cake to be destroyed and Big Mom to continue rampaging across Totland until everything is destroyed? I swear some of the Big Mom Pirates don’t think about the consequences of their actions and instead are emotionally sensitive and high on their arrogance of being a Yonko crew. Ah, the faster the Big Mom Pirates are defeated, the better. Hurry up Germa 66 and crush these fools who call themselves the crew of a Yonko.
It is only a matter of time now until Sanji and Co. completes the wedding cake and serves it to Big Mom. The climax between Luffy and Katakuri’s fight is also not far away. What exactly does Luffy have planned to combat Katakuri’s Kenbunshoku Haki? And will Big Mom eating the wedding really work out as expected? Looking forward to the next chapter.