This was a great chapter. Probably the best of the whole Raid, rivaled only by the one where Momo delivered his speech.
To start off, Nami stole the show. It's expected for power houses like Luffy or Zoro to stand up to an overwhelming enemy while on the verge of death, but it means a lot more coming from someone like Nami or Usopp that would turn tail at the slightest opportunity. Here, Nami was offered a chance to be spared. None of her crewmates would hold it against her for trying to save her hide with a white lie, but her faith and devotion to Luffy are greater than her own life.
I can't help but think this moment was in reference to this little moment the human duo had back in Act 2.
It reinforces that the crew are equally a group of friends travelling as they are a Pirate crew. They are capable of making remarks and jabs at eachother, but when push comes to shove, they will stand by their friends 1000%.
But let's not overlook Usopp either, he stood his ground against two Flying 6 members by himself in the effort to protect Nami. He even took two headbutts for her sake, too.
And after he's put down, his immediate concern wasn't himself, but Nami, assuring her it's ok to lie in order to save herself, and later shouting for her to escape. His only mistake was not having enough faith in his partner to stand up for their captain's honor. Besides that, fantastic character moments for two characters that were sorely neglected this arc.
In the last moment, they get a chance at a second wind with Tama and her Komainu arriving on the scene. This is good.
1. It's in character for Tama to seek trouble and sneak in.
2. Tama's ability to tame beasts was first introduced back at the very beginning of the arc. It would make no sense for it not to play later on.
3. It explains what the silhouette behind Robin and Jinbe was.
4. It now provides Usopp and Nami a means to defeat their opponent through Tama's powers, and later the rest of the enemy forces. It'll be interesting to see how the Beast Pirates respond to this. No doubt it'll force the big guns like King and Queen to finally take a more active role in the battles.
Speaking of Queen, seems Oda's setting up for his eventual clash with Sanji, whilst revealing an interesting new plotpoint between Queen and Germa. I wonder what kind of relationship the two have had. Either way, it makes the prospective Sanji vs Queen battle, one I've advocated since the start, even more intriguing than a simple "Sanji fights the 3rd guy."
Not too much to comment on the other stuff in the chapter, but two things I noticed were Drake still insisting on his hatred for Apoo and Marco taking notice of the events inside the dome.
Oda has to be leading somewhere with this Drake-Apoo beef. Perhaps it's a way of characterizing Apoo. Maybe it's related to the reason Drake had to go undercover to begin with.
And the Marco things just feels unnerving to me because his powers seem like the perfect counter to the Ice Oni plague. Fire melts ice, and in this scenario, you'd have a special disease type ice being cured by a special healing fire. Marco even notes his flames' special properties to Big Mom a while earlier, so these read like seeds, to me. Which is why it bothers me. If Marco solves the whole Ice Oni issue, it'd render this entire game of tag pointless. It would also be the biggest disrespect to Chopper. Not only does he not solve the Ice Oni problem, he gets infected and needs another doctor to help him. I still have faith in Oda reconciling all this in the end. Maybe he plans it out to where Chopper and Marco ultimately work together to cure this disease.
All in all, great chapter with some strong character moments, seeds planting, and new twists to shake things up moving forward.