Who will be the next Strawhat


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I would say being mentally 8 is too young for him to take charge, but then I remembered who the MC of this manga is...
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To be clear, she only said "with Luffy" one time, every other time she just said she wanted to live free/go on an adventure/etc. I don't count the first time she asked for a ride, though.
Still, not gonna change the fact that Yamato said that she’s gonna set sail with Luffy twice. And when Yamato says it once again or Luffy finally says that he accepts Yamato’s offer to be a Straw Hat, anti-Yamato will cry me a river. And isn’t it obvious that Oda intentionally drew Yamato back to her human form when Luffy came? Imagine when Luffy sees her DF form. Luffy will totally DGAF if her DF is Wano’s guardian deity, and will insist Yamato to join the crew & the rest of the crew will most likely agree especially that she helped stalling Kaido + protecting Momo as Luffy ordered her to.
 
Still, not gonna change the fact that Yamato said that she’s gonna set sail with Luffy twice. And when Yamato says it once again or Luffy finally says that he accepts Yamato’s offer to be a Straw Hat, anti-Yamato will cry me a river. And isn’t it obvious that Oda intentionally drew Yamato back to her human form when Luffy came? Imagine when Luffy sees her DF form. Luffy will totally DGAF if her DF is Wano’s guardian deity, and will insist Yamato to join the crew & the rest of the crew will most likely agree especially that she helped stalling Kaido + protecting Momo as Luffy ordered her to.
The "I'm going out to sea with Luffy" line does stand out as being really weird (Luffy didn't say yes, what gives Yamato the right to say this?), which is why I think a lot of people see it as a "red herring". I personally think Yamato has a specific reason for believing Luffy in particular would take her (possibly related to his dream, her knowledge of how to get a Road Poneglyph, etc.), and we'll learn why she said this once the fighting is over.
 
No One Piece reader actually believes there's any hope for Carrot over Yamato, it's the recruit equivalent of arguing Sanji is stronger than Zoro, the minority that hold such arguments do it with the full knowledge that they're wrong but they have centered their fan identity on a hill they will die on so they will keep up the ruse with complete disregard of how absurd their arguments might be.
LOL indeed. That’s why I put “RIP logic” at the end of my post to emphasize the absurdity of the arguments. It’s like saying that you know you’re wrong & lose, but instead of admitting that you’re wrong & lose, you put the blame on other people and look more like a loser
 
I agree. Yamao is great at protecting Wano.

She also good protecting straw hats and their alliance. As jimbei point out 1024 questioning why Kaido isn't down here. If Kaido was down here, he would pretty much kill everyone. Yamato said, before fighting him she there holds him off until Luffy arrives she understand she can't win but she is trying keep him busy for time being. What's carrot doing right now? Oh, right watching Cat viper dealing with person responsible Perdo supposed to death. Which Kind undermines her motivation drive to join the straw hats in the first place.
 

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Momo spent the first three years of his life at sea, watched his homeland burn to the ground, traveled 20 years through time, left Wano and went to Dressrosa, Punk Hazard, and Zou before going back home, demanded to be aged two decades so he could more capably defend the place his deceased father left behind for so long…yep, sounds like a guy who hasn’t seen the world and wants to go out on a grand adventure. Makes sense to me, since it’s not like he’s said “I’m going to be the shogun of Wano” a few thousands times since the arc when he was revealed as the heir to the very same throne, including at the end of the most recent chapter where he joins Luffy (and a certain someone we discuss here pretty regularly!) to face off against Kaido :kawak:
 

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We'll get at least one more recruit. Luffy said he guess 10 people would make a proper crew and Blackbeard currently has his 10 giant captains.

Yamato still too bland for me to personally accept, but she obviously checks out all of the SH requirements. There's always the risk of an Oda bait n' switch.

Carrot on the other hand needs some serious help. She's been completely separated from the main conflict of Wano and has yet to even step inside the castle. The lower SHs has already has defeated the Toppi Roppo and had their moments, and Zoro n' Sanji are taking out the top Calamities. At the moment, only hope is another bait n' switch, that being Carrot suddenly asking to join the SHs to help herself grow or something.
 
Somehow the last chapter ended with one guardian deity fighting three guardian deities, all of them trying to protect Wano.:milaugh:
They should all stay and protect Wano then... :milaugh:

I agree. Yamao is great at protecting Wano.
Zoro will do better in protecting Wano via ZKK... So he should stay... :cheers:

The other day I searched all the panels for a trash can inside the Thousand Sunny. But can't find any.

So yes, Yamao ain't joining the crew. She has no place aboard the ship.
There were trashes roaming around aboard the Sunny... One was locked in a barrel by Franky before... One almost Holyfielded Luffy...
 
"Luffy not calling Yamato by her real name = Luffy not acknowledging her presence" is such a shallow argument. Correct me if i'm wrong but i don't remember Luffy calling Chopper by his name in the Drum Island Arc either.

Luffy being surprised and impressed by Yamato holding off Kaido alone for him while he was away and thanking her is more recognition and respect than Luffy has ever given Carrot, i.e ignoring Carrot when she bites his ears, or being saved from under Katakuri's boot and never asked if she was okay.

Luffy telling Yamato to protect momo shows that Luffy already treats Yamato more naturally and has more trust in her like his own crew by giving such an important job to someone his has just met, just like when Luffy tasked Franky to protect Robin in Enies Lobby when he was busy fighting Rob Lucci. Carrot actually has more recognition from Sanji, since Luffy never consoled Carrot when she was grieving Pedro's death. It's also Yamato that Luffy is fighting alongside right now against Kaido, he isn't gonna come to help Carrot in her fight against Perospero.

Luffy was already listening to Yamato's story in the attic when they first met, despite how hasty he was, and also removed her cuffs for her. It was there where Yamato also told Luffy her dreams and goals, has Carrot done that yet?

Carrot meanwhile has never had, and still hasn't had the developments and writing necessary for a straw hat, she has never been a main character in any of the arcs she's been in. And now that she's not even fighting a important member of the beast pirates, she's completely removed from Wano's central plot and story, not that she was ever important to begin with- Carrot also wasn't a main character in WCI either.

The truth of the matter is that no other character aside from Yamato in the current Wano Arc is being developed as the potential next straw hat, no other potential straw hat has their dreams and ambitions explored on the level of Yamato's.

Tama was the first possibility, but then her saying that she wants to see Momo as Shogun and live in a free Wano was the nail in the coffin imo.

The only character that's given enough focus and writing in the Wano arc right now, enough for them to be a straw is Yamato.

Yamato won't join because Luffy doesn't call her by her real name is a pretty meaningless argument imo.
 
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