And no, Oda doesn't include this scene for nothing. It's a very clever way to show that Yamato wants to be herself again (and not Oden), after she has met Luffy and learned about Momo already inheriting Oden's will.
The waiting will be so long to see Orochi's end. Of all things I'm curious about even more than Luffy's fights is the fate of Orochi after the battle. Kanjuro on the other hand, I was sure he would be killed. I'm surprised that Kinemon and co. left him to die on his own, because...... he's not worth killing? Oh the code of the warrior.
Oda can portray Shinsengumi as forces that would help Luffy and loyal retainer of Oden who refused to serve Orochi. I think Shinsengumi is also very popular in most manga.
Don't know that much about Mimawarigumi but Heito, leader of Mimawarigumi in this chapter is a damn shame for samurai. He agrees to serve Kaido after Kaido killed Orochi his former lord.
Fukurojuku is understandable since ninja is not known for his/her loyalty since they serve anyone who hires them but for samurai like Heito to abandon his samurai code just like Hyo pointed out agree serving someone who killed his former lord is a shameful.
Nah, he’s a zombie, Moriah will just bring him back to life and nothing will change aside from him not having a Devil Fruit anymore.
Anyway, an okay chapter for me. Kaido is a pretty worthless antagonist who has 0 intimidation factor and 0 reason to take him seriously, so seeing the scabbards try to push him out of the window doesn’t to me feel hype or awesome in any way because I can’t take Kaido seriously.
And the Scabbards themselves’ relationship with Oden is still not well established, so all the emotional weight that should’ve been present when they all finally came together and ganged up on Kaido, to me, is missing. And this was supposed to be the most hype moment in the entire chapter.
I guess Momo’s part was semi-nice. It’s just hard for me to care about anything happening in Wano. I thought my disappointment with the Wano arc might fade when we finally got into the big emotional climaxes, but hey, I guess when you’re not interested in the setup, the payoff won’t matter as much either lol.
Just like Orochi I don't think he's actually done. A big reason is the lack of usage of their powers overall to which I can't personally see Oda skimping out on them the rest of the arc.
However, I DO think Kanjuro's "traitor" act is done for the rest of the arc. There are other layers to his character that are still unknown (like what he did to Yasue's body, or what he even was before he met Orochi) and are interesting to boot. I wouldn't be surprised if he shows up, injured, using his powers for a moment that is needed.
For example, I personally think the alliance might lose, and since they all can't get back to Wano, I can see Kanjuro coming up with drawings (a long bridge, huge birds, etc) to help them get back to the mainland).
Orochi IMO just isnt' dead. Momo and Hiyori have way too much built up vendetta against him for Kaido to just take that from them. Plus, we've only seen his powers like...twice and he did nothing with them.
But in term of swordmanship I think Ashura or Denjiro is above Okiku lol. Okita Souji was known as the best swordman in Shinsengumi. I agree with Kinemon might be Kondo since Kondo was leader of Shinsengumi just like Kinemon.
Kanjuro might be based on Takeda Kanryusai since Takeda was a traitor just like Kanjuro.
Denjiro might be based on Hijikata, vice commander of Shinsengumi. Especially looking from this chapter that he and Kinemon charges side by side toward Kaido.
And Hijikata was always described as demonic vice chief if Shinsingumi
And Denjiro had that whole domon changing his appearance thingy
Also, when it comes to Kiku, there could be a chance that she is more of a genius skilled like Okita, however, Oda made her character being held back because her attitude is somewhat like a princess.. if you recall her moment with Luffy/Zoro where she doesn't like cutting, and when she was cutting to save Otama, she was closing her eyes
So it's possible that she might possess the MOST talent, but her character is not being loose! YET!
Oda made sure to mention that she's strong too.. when Luffy says someone is strong.. it's usually something with weight, ever since the timeskip
She gave her father the benefit of the doubt that ended with disappointment yet absolute certainty that her father has no interest yet he wants Yamato to be the shogun? Kaidou's logic is in bananas when it comes to his relationship with his daughter.
How things would be like if Kaidou had a real biological male as a son?