After a brief encounter with a giant frog and a Sea Train, the Straw-hat pirates find their way to Water Seven, and it’s just in time. The Going Merry is crumbling around them. Luffy, Nami, and Usopp take the gold from Skypiea and trade it for cash, but walking around with that much money isn’t a good idea.
After a couple of failed attempts, the Franky Family manage to steal the money from Usopp. He’s unable to stop them and takes quite a beating. Luffy, Zoro, Sanji, and Chopper pay them a visit and make them pay, but the money’s already gone.
In among all the activity, Robin has disappeared. Then the mayor of Water Seven is attacked and the Straw-hats are the prime suspects, but Franky wants his revenge too. On top of that, a mega-storm called Aqua Laguna is racing towards Water Seven and threatens to put most of the city underwater.
After the mind-numbing second half of season seven, it’s great to be back to a very cool story arc. The introduction of more marines in the form of CP9 and the special abilities that they have master opens up a whole new range of possibilities for the Straw-hats to grow.
We witness some of the Straw-hats enhanced techniques, especially when Zoro and Luffy attack Aqua Laguna together. There’s also the chance that the Going Merry has sailed its last voyage and how will Franky fit into things going forward.
There’s just so many amazing fights it’s hard to list them all, but my favourites are Luffy, Zoro, Sanji, and Chopper versus the Franky Family, Sanji versus the Ramen Kenpo chef, and Zoro versus anybody. Luckily, it appears that this arc is going to ride the Sea Train into season nine, which can only be a good thing because it’s really heating up.