Strong World: Part 3
Having obtained Nami's alleigence, Shiki's "demonstration" goes into action. As the pirate captains under his command file on board his ship, his men uproot the Daft Green trees surrounding the village and Scarlet calls out to the animals, drawing them towards the hapless target.
Shiki arrives at his command center in order to watch the proceedings. He has a sullen Nami, now wearing a black formal dress to match the rest of the pirates, enter with him, and tells her to watch the animals demolish the village when the villagers flee in terror, and savor the fact that her own village will not suffer this fate. Nami says that she isn't interested in the spectacle and leaves the room. As she does, Shiki expresses disappointment at her lack of emotion.
Franky, Robin, and Brook arrive at the now destroyed village, too late to do anything. They do quickly find the pillar and save the other Straw Hats from it and fill them in on Shiki's plan for the East Blue. While they ponder what to do next, Xiao, accompanied by her mother and grandmother approach them, having managed to survive the destruction by hiding out underground. Xiao's mother claims that what happened to Nami is all fault, as she had said that she wished for Shiki to go to East Blue right in front of her. Luffy notices that Xiao is carrying the Tone Dial, which she claims she found lying on the ground. Luffy says that they're kind people for worrying about Nami even after their village has been destroyed, and promises to beat Shiki up for them. The others gather around as Luffy replays Nami's message.
Inside the message, Nami states that she's becoming Shiki's navigator. She implores the others to just leave her be, as they'd only die were they to fight a legendary pirate such as Shiki. At this, Luffy snaps, infuriated that Nami has given up on them and at the suggestion that he doesn't stand a chance against Shiki, despite Franky pointing out that he did
just wipe them all out at once. Usopp tries to get him to calm down, and Luffy forces the Dial on him before stalking off cursing. With Luffy gone, Sanji asks Usopp to replay the message again. He obliges, and this time, things become clear.
Behind them, Luffy punches a cliffside in two in his anger.
A short part, but I wanted to get it out of the way before moving on to the film's climax.
Well, I can't really say the village's destruction did anything for me. It doesn't really add anything other than showing how evil Shiki is, but it's not like Luffy and the Straw Hats need anymore reason to take Shiki down. Franky, Robin, and Brook arriving Late to the Party
just goes to reinforce my earlier point of Oda having to sideline part of his cast because he can'teffectively manage them all at once.
The main focus here is on Nami's message, and what struck me was how...emotional Luffy's reaction to the message was. He went through pretty much the exact same thing with Robin during Water 7, and his reaction there was to be despondant for a bit before becoming more determined than ever to beat CP 9
and save Robin. I guess it's more an issue of how Luffy and Nami relate, the whole trust between them, since they've been through a number of highly charged situations together ever since the Arlong arc. And now, as Luffy puts it, it's like she's given up and doesn't believe that he can do it.
Next up, the real action finally starts, and one of the most memorable scenes in the series is finally here.