Release date: app. January 28, 2016
However, like Brook says here, I think there is something even worse for Sanji, worse enough that he in the end decided to go to the tea party (and risked the crew becoming Big Mom's subordinate if the marriage is a success).
Ah well, don't mind me. I am only talking to myself xD
I thought maybe it would be overanalyzing it but after one person (who only appeared as Anonymous though) send me the more detailed analysis of this situation, I decided to edit this chapter a bit...
By this point, some important things regarding Sanji have been discussed. Please note that in the picture above, Brook is trying to explain Sanji's behaviour and a panel after that, Chopper has a bubble with dots in it. Usually, when a character has that bubble, it means he is about to say something or is in some deep thoughts right? And in the next moment, we see that Chopper indeed starts talking. The reason why this is "important" is because moments later, Nami also starts pondering about Sanji. She isn't even throwing a misfit like Luffy did, she is only pondering that Sanji could have also escaped with them, if he as much as wished to. This is also the moment we first see Zoro's face after the last chapter when he asked "what about Sanji and Caesar". Not sure if Zoro's frown is deeper than usual but either way, it looks like he started paying more attention once Nami began wondering about Sanji. He hadn't done so before when Luffy was making a fuss. From what it is shown, it's like he was patiently holding his tongue, waiting for others to say their share. And now, there is a bubble with dots shown near him, as if he wanted to say something to what Nami is saying - or that he is in deep thoughts.
As for now, it is nothing big, just only that it looks like first reaction we see from Zoro is him (probably) trying to say something when Nami ponders about Sanji. I am not trying to say he is jealous or anything, but it sure is something to pique a curiosity.
Usopp who also hasn't said anything up till now joined the conversation, together with Robin who is another person who seems to recognize the name "Vinsmoke".
Chopper is then soon saddened by the realization they might never see Sanji again and he starts crying.
However, right at this moment, Zoro, who was only seen patiently listening, finally voices himself. He is probably mainly addressing Chopper, seeing that the reindeer started crying over the cook.
In a way, this is what Sanji is probably trying to do himself - he said he will return and basically kicked Brook, Nami and Chopper out and told them he will have to settle this on his own, he didn't want the crew to be involved with another Yonko who seemed to only have a business with him.
I don't think Zoro is inconsiderate or cold as some people might think - he is only trying to protect the rest of the crew from more danger they would face if they all went after Sanji.
This is an important break to make. All crewmembers listened to Zoro and as we can see, they have no signs of objection. They probably realized the points Zoro made are valid, even Chopper who was angry at him at first isn't saying anything.
That is aside from Nami who then immediatelly objects and disagrees with him. We all know and should always bear in mind that she is the more emotional from the crew who gets angry easily and therefore, she could not accept it when Zoro accused Sanji of doing something he didn't intend to.
As to why didn't Chopper object anything then, when he is also the more emotional member? This is just my thought, but I think it is due to the fact he is still a kid. Besides, Zoro was at first addressing mainly him, why should they care about Sanji. And it's not like Chopper didn't snap at him during Zoro's speech (see above), he, too, was defending Sanji.
Back to Nami, I am not sure if she got all the points Zoro made. However, she knows firsthand that Sanji had no choice, she also knows how hard it was for Sanji to leave (because she had experienced that in the past, too).
At this point, Zoro snaps at her, something he did not do so when Chopper was crying over Sanji. It could be because Zoro was in the heat of argument but there could actually be something else, another reason why he did so:
It is important to note that Nami was only defending Sanji here and Zoro probably had enough of talking about Sanji as someone who wasn't at fault at all, he had enough because Nami earlier apologized for something she wasn't responsible for. I am not saying Zoro is jealous of Nami defending Sanji, I just think that he was annoyed and also bitter about this whole situation and the crew's lack of realizing the seriousness of this situation didn't help it at all.
What's more, in the previous chapter(s?), Zoro told Nami to relax when she mentioned the situation with Sanji (at least, that happened in one of the translations). Probably, he also wanted to calm Nami down seeing her being so distressed (as he has done numerous times in the past when she started panicking while being in a serious or even deadly situation), only to see Nami get angry at her and (possibly) misunderstand his intentions.
Again, Zoro being harsh and even getting angry at Nami is something understandable. He isn't doing it out of jealousy or that he doesn't really care about Sanji - rather, it's more because Sanji hasn't explained ANYTHING, he just went up and left, the crew then ended up feeling sorry for something they weren't responsible for and Zoro could no longer hold his tongue when the rest of the crew weren't able to see the other side of the situation.
As we have seen in the past, Zoro also cannot accept the kind of behaviour when someone just got up and left, especially now without as much as little explanation from Sanji. Leaving a crew is NOT a small thing (like the time with Usopp leaving), add in the fact Sanji got involved with another Yonko and you get the picture. Zoro takes this situation all from the logical, objective way, trying to protect the whole crew.
Nami on the other hand might have realized all these dangers Zoro presented, but she wasn't fine with Zoro's accusation; she is also the more feelings-oriented person and is well aware Sanji had no choice in this case. She bends according to how she feels and I don't think she wanted to leave Sanji like that. That is not to say she is holding any feelings for Sanji because of this, because like-I-said before, she wasn't the only one who cried or was sad about Sanji leaving. She is also not the only one who got angry when Zoro started saying things about Sanji (see Chopper), and she is in no way the only person who doesn't want to save or somehow help Sanji.
Unlike the past time with Usopp, despite Zoro saying the right things the crew is supposed to realize, this time they do not do like Zoro suggests. Why is there such a difference? It would be, because in Usopp's case, Usopp was the one clearly (and also "voluntarily") at fault. Whereas here, the situation is still unclear and Zoro doesn't know the whole picture of the situation yet. It's a huge difference if you ask me.
Both Nami's and Zoro's views are also understandable. Zoro is taking the "logical" route, Nami the "emotional". Due to the fact they are still unclear about the situation, Luffy and others do not do as Zoro suggests. They are unsure what to think about this and Luffy decides to see Sanji and ask him himself.
This is also another difference between the past occurence and the current - about the matter with Usopp, the crew reached an agreement and did what Zoro suggested. This time, Zoro is also right but they don't know everything regarding this situation - the crew doesn't reach an agreement and they don't do what Zoro suggests (leaving Sanji alone).
What I liked here is the fact Luffy was also patiently listening, he didn't interrupt Zoro until both him and Nami were at each other's necks and then Luffy decided what course to take himself.
By the way, I loved the small banter between Zoro and Nami xD it has been such a loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong time already and I seriously missed these kind of moments between them. Funny also is, how angry Zoro sounded when Nami defended Sanji. Or more like, he probably just wanted her to snap back to reality.. unlike Chopper whom he views as a younger member, Nami is a grown-up and he probably expected from her to be more objective and realistic about this situation.
Hahah... I know this analysing could have been to deep or overthinking it, so do take it with a grain of .. salt.
Well, how should we call this? Oh right, "back 2 square 1" as was voted by other ZoNa shippers XD
The rest are the calmer types who analyze the situation. In any kind of emergency, it is always recommended to stay calm and think things through, like Robin or Brook are doing. They want to help Sanji but if they just rushed it and were all worried or overly emotional, it wouldn't help him at all.
The crew (aside from Zoro) also doesn't outright tell Luffy to not go but they are well aware that going against Big Mom won't be any easy and as Franky says, they would need a plan or strategy.
This has actually a lot to say..unlike Zoro, they don't want to leave Sanji alone.
I don't want to sound like I only defend Zoro... I understand him, but I think he was too hard on Sanji. He could have delivered the message better and at least show some understanding for Sanji's situation and behaviour.
The big cat is also quite a free spirit.. he doesn't listen to what the doctor says at all. Reminds me of Zoro and him always unbandaging xD
Luffy immediatelly cuts to the chase and asks Pekoms about Sanji's marriage.
In a way, there is a parallel with Robin's situation back then with Sanji's.
Robin was an assassin while Sanji comes from a family of assassins (or killers.. close to it). Both left the crew and are holding/held secrets from the crew.
In a way, both are also sacrificing/sacrificed themselves and try to solve the problem themselves.
.... That is not to say I ship Sanji and Robin but just to show the similarity characters can have between each other (and doesn't have to automatically mean they are canon...).
So, what do you think about the chapter? I would rate it 11/10 (serious) because.. damn there were so many things. Atop of knowing more about Sanji and getting some silly moments (mainly with Nekomamushi), we also have Zoro and Nami interacting for such a long time xD yah the feels...