So far it's looking obvious will get our Fishman Island flash back of what happen in the past. Without a doubt racism will be involved in it, what we want to know who was there and how those this affect our way of predicting this story overall. But that's to big of a picture to discuss so just breaking down to our current arc. Starting with the Pyneglyph, I believe that's one of the reasons why Otohime was assassinated if not the major reason. Her "ideals" could had been similar to Clovers, people should be free to know the true history and probably was trying to expose the Pyneglyph. The more likely case is her ideals were just for Fishman/merman to live peacefully along side with everyone else. I think her graveyard is where the Pyneglyph is located.
Also like some have mentioned we might not have been shown the real villain behind the scenes. The new fishman pirates don't like humans, Neptune is trying to make peace/live with humans the whole idea seems to simple. Do they just want power to control Fishman island make sure that is their ideals that govern it? Fishman Island probably makes most of its income being a tourists spot, but was said a giant shadowy figure been scaring ships away? Were they referring to Decken's crew? Decken himself seems lacking character as well, so he is only obsessed with the Princess? All he cares about is having her? The 10 years he been avoiding the Neptune army is that all he's been doing?
Aside from the fact that FI has been hyped for years, this is the kickoff arc for the second half of the story. It's going to set alot of things into motion. The idea that it will be a mini arc is ridiculous.Camie has already used the word conspiracy. Do either of our two Villains look like conspirators? It is relatively obvious that someone is manipulating the situation from the shadows. The question is who and to what end.
I don't think it has anything to do with Big Mom. She is already in a position to get almost anything she wants in return for her protection. I don't think destabilizing the Ryuuguu kingdom who she already has an agreement with has much potential benefit to her. As a Yonkou I would imagine she's busy holding ground in the NW. She doesn't need extra responsibilities at FI. I'd imagine that she doesn't even keep a presence there.Due to Caribou's behavior I think it's reasonable to assume that the Yonkou threat to those who enter FI is one of retaliation rather than outright protection. They rely on the immigration report since usually there is only one way into the bubble. By taking down the names of any pirates they can ensure that the ones who cause trouble are dealt with later by whoever happens to be protecting the island at the time. It was probably the same in WB's day which is why Ace and Jinbei fought for two days before WB showed.
Skypeia spent a volume and a half just explaining how the area and the world worked before anything really started happening. We haven't even seen all the districts of FI yet. We're still in the "see the town" phase. That there's already like 7 subplots going on just cues us in on how BIG its going to be.
How do you interpret the message?
1 Hodi is too strong for luffy
2 Someone way more dangerous hidden in the underworld is using Hodi as his pawn (possibly the manufacturer of the devil drugs)
3 Hodi has a special connection to Jinbei as a relative or a former member of Jinbei's piratecrew the sunny pirates. A potential ally.
4 The message is urgent, there is probably something Jinbei wants to show Luffy in the forest and he needs to go there as soon as possible.
5. Your own theories.
The Character Hodi
The dead fox aroung his neck: Something he was given by Big Mama or someone else? Is it a" weapon" that has been fed with a devil fruit?
The great scar on his stomache: Has he removed some kind of organ maybe sold a kidney to get money or implanted something?
An Operation due to drug abuse?
The ark/giant boat at his hangout place in Noah.
Does someone live there, is the metaphor relevant to The ark of Noah? We can compare the bible story with a foreboding of total destruction and someone who has built a giant boat for protection. Once Hodi has the royal power of the kingdom he can build an entire army of fishmen command them on the boat the arc and invade human land/kill as many humans possible. Is it possibly some kind of ancient weapon?
Hodi is a white shark fishman and he shares some of it's traits when he is particularly bloodthirsty and ruthless.
We all know white sharks are the terror of the seas, a symbol of fear.
If you wrote the script for this series and was to choose what fish race to mix with the final villain of an arc, probably a white shark would sound interesting...
This guy is more dangerous than what people think.
He is driven by hate and revenge-lust and he probably has some personal grudge. He takes drugs that makes him stronger but probably also totally mad/insane...
In his mindset humans are completely demonized and the real villains and he could as well see him self as a liberator and a hero as much as Tiger was. Deep inside of him he feels love his race and disgust for the cowardly Neptune and his human friendly hypocrisy. Though greed could be a motivator as well.
He fits in the role since this arc is mostly serves as a warm up to show what the SH's are capable of. It's a nostalgia ride back to the Arlong fights back in the days. We can relate to the strength of fishmen but see it increase so much with these drugs will be interesting every one of the HJ crew could become madly insane in power.
As much as I want to arc to just get over with quickly that won't happen,think it was made pretty clear once we got to fishman island. I doubt that Fishman Island is going to be a short arc. At least it will be like Water 7 where the SHs will go to another island/place (Sea Forest) but will be heavily connected to FI.
For starters, Oda planned to have fishmen introduced as early as chapter three, and even had specific characters planned out since the Arlong Park arc since Hachi mentioned a strong swordsman there which is Hyouzou. Plus for Shaobody, Amzon Lily and Impel Down and Marineford Fishman Island and/or Fisher Tiger were constantly mentioned. It's obvious Oda has something planned for this arc that he has planned for a very long time. He isn't going to throw all that hype and anticipation he has created by constantly referencing Fishman Island and make it a short arc for the sole reason of the crew showing off their new knowledge.
And since he has planned the details for years and possibly since the start, he isn't going to make the villain Arlong on steroids because Luffy has already been mentioned to parallel Fisher Tiger, the only person - human or fishman - that has had the courage to attack a tenryuubito. And for what purpose? To defeat Arlong2? F*ck no.
He is going to win Seapeople's respect as a whole, and unify them, and he isn't going to do that by solely defeating Hodi Jones.
Why would he introduce fishman slavery and Fisher Tiger's heroism and give us a second perspective on fishmen and merfolk - show us that they have been oppressed and enslaved for centuries - only for a recycled East Blue plotline and villain?