Holy shit...There's no way I could cover this all in an evening. I just opened it up and it's freaking PACKED.
KEEP THIS IN MIND PEOPLE!!!!!!!!
Oda probably didn't write all of this himself, but his seal of approval is on it. Which means unless it's a very minute detail, any broad statements are probably acceptable.
I'm just gonna mention stuff I find interesting because there WAY too much info in here.
Usopp's opening candid comments:
Ever notice how there are lots of ships with animal heads on 'em? Long ago, really far back, in a ceremony for a ship's maiden voyage [Note: there's a proper name/translation for the ceremony in English but I'm not looking it up right now] people prayed for the safety of the ship and sacrificed an animal for it. Putting that sacrificed animal's head on the ship was the origin of animal figureheads on ships.
In other words that means...there was a lamb and lion sacrificed for Merry and Sunny!!!
(Just lying about the Merry and Sunny thing)
"TEN OR MORE MEMBERS"
Small corner brings back Luffy's declaration about crew members. They suggest this means he'll get, "AT LEAST," one new member in the New World. Note that in the same blurb, they count the current number at NINE.
We've been reminded that the three boys in Syrup all have their own dreams.
The splash mangas SUCK. Thy really dropped the ball. They've been squished to fit two on a page so they're very small. Lame. HOWEVER, each one comes with brand new comments in addition to the title.
WOAH! Helmeppo's 'determination' that was only hinted at in the cover story: "Someday I'll be stronger than you Dad! I'll be the one to bring you in!!"
There are collection of each member's 'animal pairing cover' between mini-arcs. Is it just me or is that not sweet as hell?
Apparently we may now consider Galdino a member of Buggy's crew.
Never noticed this but I believe they intend to point out Jango sailed off in Luffy's old boat. Haven't confirmed.
Jango's eyes may have been a play on words for the Japanese word for 'love', 'ai'. NOT confirmed as intentional by Oda.
They bring up Davey Jones specifically
, so looks like we will indeed be hearing more about him.
They suggest that Ener has yet more ambition and he's heading towards it with his army.
More WB crew names:
Spellings NOT confirmed in English
Andre- Frankenstein/andre the giant-lookin' guy.
Hermy(sp)- The old fat lady pirate
Ramba- Spartan-looking dude
Vizarre- iron-jaw guy
Epoida- Snuffkin-lookin' dude.
Karma- Octopus head
Baron Lightning McGuy (fuck-off awesome name)- guy with huge nose and chin and lightning stache.
A O- weird dude with round teeth and big mouth, looks ever so slightly like Wanze.
Derakuahi- I literally wrote that in romaji cause I have no idea what the gag is offhand. Looks like and Arab...uh...turnip? freaky circle eyes.
Eylewan- The walrus
Blondie- pigish-looking fat guy. Don't remember him actually.
Amadob- Guy with a crown.
Will add katakana later if you guys didn't know these yet.
is the official spelling.
is the official spelling.
now without question the official spelling.
No space in Doflamingo.
Racklo- Marine giant that looks similar to Akainu.
Ronz- Marine giant with full helmet.
Norland's name comes from an 'island' 'not being there'. Or in other words, 'No land'.
Hiruruk's name comes from the German word for 'medical treatment'. Ivotas? Anyone? What's the correct spelling?
They suggest 3rd in command on Roger's ship was 'Bronze So-and-so' and even though they haven't shown up yet...