Lovely chapter. Very pleased to see other major fights begin to unfold outside of Kaido and the Scabbards.
True Yonko Big Mom vs hyped up psuedo-Yonko Marco. Well, he gets a star for trying. Cool to see his flames have an effect against real fire, maybe even against Akainu's magma. Unfortunately, Marco couldn't even beat rookie Blackbeard one year ago and would have certainly brought more Whitebeard Pirates if he knew Big Mom was getting involved. Or at least taken Jujitsu lessons from Jinbe on how to handle a big lady. Big Mom states she has no more souls to use on Marco, seems she used her daily soul quota reanimating that household junk stuck in the banquet hall. She did it for the yokai points. I have to laugh at unconscious Zeus still being perfectly functional. Big Mom continues to be the single character that could flip this war on his head and so far no solution to her in sight.
Perospero states the truth nobody wants to hear: Pedro killed himself! And for that he almost gets his eyes clawed out by two savage babes. It's true! Peros was only protecting Tottoland from terrorists who wrecked the tea party, stole a poneglyph, and almost killed Big Mom. Peros did nothing wrong...unless you're a Vinsmoke Judge fan. Sulong Wanda looking foxy just like her relative Inu. Carrot by herself did pretty well against a buffoon like Daifuku and his entire fleet. Perospero is an order higher in IQ, but Pedro already did his part taking away one arm. If the worst comes to pass, Wanda could blow off the other arm with a Pedro special and let Carrot finish the job.
Queen knows about the Vinsmokes, ergo all the cool scientists know each other. Vegapunk, Caesar, Judge, Queen, even Lindbergh were all buddy-buddy in the same lab at one point. Or Queen is from North Blue. Interesting that Queen is targeting Zoro and Sanji, with Sanji on his way up the tower this might be the next match up we see unfold. Meanwhile, Apoo continues to be a wonderful surprise taking on the infected crowd including Zoro and X-Drake. Back in Sabaody, it was X-Drake who was stopping two Supernova at once. Who can swing their weapons at Apoo and cover their ears at the same time? Even mouth sword Zoro would just get whacked by a tonfa. Can't wait to see what this lad is capable of without his DF. Apoo won't go down to a cheap weakness!
We got a rare Robin expression, scared to death that she might lose Chopper.
When the doctor that's supposed to cure you all gets infected first. Too bad he's not immune to flesh diseases like Brook.
The Usopp and Nami dream team living through a real nightmare right now. It makes me happy seeing them fight together, but Usopp just took a 4-ton bat to the face and Nami has her bloodiest beating since the time skip. As expected, Usopp and Nami reaching Ulti and Page One's level is an insurmountable obstacle that's going to take a lot suffering, willpower and smarts. Ulti and Page One are playing around and not even taking damage. I love Ulti in her oversized hybrid form acting as Kaido's ultimate enforcer. Her brain goes haywire at the idea that other pirates think anyone but Kaido will be Pirate King. Nami on the brink insisting it's going to be Luffy harkens back to their earlier talk about how easily each of them would give into torture:
Usopp thinking it's okay for Nami to lie might seem out of place, but it's a perfectly Usopp way to show how he cares about the lives of others. We've seen when Usopp steps up that he gains the resolve to give up only his own life, he has been never okay with seeing others lose theirs. I hope all the Strawhats end up in fights as uphill as these two. Tama to the rescue with Komainu. Because she's not riding a big bird, I have to assume she was the one stalking Robin and Jinbe. How did a big golden dog stow away in the samurai fleet? Anyways, the ability to brainwash Gifters doesn't seem so useful now that everyone on the floor is catching the Ice Oni so her purpose here intrigues me.
This chapter makes a very big case for Act 3 ending soon in tragedy. We've already got Strawhats suffering in partially offpanel fights with Nami and Usopp going down like Robin and Usopp against Trebol and Sugar, only for Dressrosa to reset and move to the final battle phase. Can't forget the Doc Chop himself being infected. It's not as if every Strawhat and ally has to be defeated for Act 3 to end, that didn't happen in Dressrosa and Luffy and Zoro already went down once. But it would be nice if Kaido's boys racked up some Ws. Whether the Act is ending soon or not, the march to Chapter 1000 continues.