I'm not sure how strong Black beard's pirate crew is. Though I do have high hopes for the sniper. He seems to take sniping seriously.
Though while were on the topic. I vastly like Black beard more than White beard, from what we've seen so far. I mean, there has got be some history for why an, albeit huge, old man is considered to be the strongest man alive. He was on frickin' life support! With an entourage of nurses. With matching pink uniforms.
I suppose his being strong isn't impossible to beleive, but he must have been even stronger in his hay-day, so I wonder how Roger was able to stale-mate him. All the flashbacks show Roger as being fairly normal looking, though I suppose we can't gauge strength from that.
I think Ol' Whitey just comes off as a pissed off old man, who can't stand whipper-snappers. I completly think that Luffy is going to have to fight him.
Luffy will eveuntally have to fight practically everyone to become the Pirate King. I personally don't care for Whitebeard because his mark looks to much like a swatztica for my history bent mind to approve of.
i think this so called whitebeard pirate had no other crew stronger than Ace the Fire Fist beside of its captain, edward newcart...
i think this arc will end in the straw hat crew getting a new ship (going merry not salvaged at all and ussop gets pissed but gets over it) robin comes back to crew (duh) franky joins to be a ship mechanic ( i dont know why other people dont think this is logical, he fits right in! hes a mechanic and hes strong) and then they will have a short little time where they party like after they beat arlong and eneru. for the arc after that, i think they are going to have a small arc (like the size of all the beginning ones like arlong, krieg, and kuro) where luffy beats the shit out of flamingo because flamingos df ability to control opponents mind wont work on luffy because they figure out luffy really is an idiot and has no conscious thoughts about what to do and acts soley on impulse. (kind of like in yuyuhakusho in the beginning when yuske is coming back to life and they examine his spirit and find out hes an idiot who is totally geared to physical responses)
no predictions past that...
After this arc, the marine will surely pay a lot more than 100 millons for his head so maybe Oda'll introduce some new bounty hunter... Or Shanks wanting to speak with Luffy since he got so powerfull. Or even other characters we haven't seen for ages like Smoker, Kobby and hermepp (iare those their real names? I don't remember XD)
But seeing some secrets about Luffy's origin is what I would really like... But maybe it's too early...
In present arc we get to know 'dark' secrets of World Goverment. Next arc will have another true history tablet and how WG will try prevent Mugiwara's to learn anything from it (fighting with one or two of 7 god's pirates or other Admiral than Aokiji)
Hey, I like the idea of bounty hunters... Imagine if Zoro's old friends (like those who were in the Arlong arc) came back to hunt him down. Also, the idea of bounty hunters will have this whole righteousness edge to it. After all, the Strawhats are pirates and generally frowned upon...
Do any of you think that the idea of the Strawhats actually going past the Gates of Justice is a possibility? I mean, with the Buster Call coming and all... and also "the Unknown Path" is a better bet than "the Waterfall of Death", as Nami said. I don't know...
As i was watching new opening suqence (spelling) and as it shows diffrent parts of future episodes its seen that Pirates are after Strawhats. Now maybe i seen it wrong or maybe its there just for effect but maybe pirates want to stay low profile and like this they will get allmarines chase every pirate they can.
So if they get rid of Strawhats alone maybe marines leave them alone.
But who knows i just made massive speculation but would be nice to see that Strawhats have nowhere to turn in for help or break.
IMO, this is what could possibly happen.
A) A whole mini arc starts up. This is kind of a pretty big arc. Maybe something to settle down a little, just to get you hyped up for the next arc.
B) They run into the NEXT ShichiBukai. Like someone said. They were moving into Flamingo's territory. Plus we were kind of left in the dust and wondering about the whole "New Wave/Age" of pirate that Flamingo was talking about. Also Belemy said he got them to move into position or something like that.
C) We meet the next Supreme Admiral. (What I'm expecting the least)
im starting to get bored just by the thought of SH pirates vs. Flamingo.. we all know what his powers are and as always the never dying i-control-him/her-so-you-cant-fight-back scenario will likely to happen.. geez..! how many anime have i watch which have these kind of situation?@_@
an arc about the Whitebeard and Blackbeard together with the Shanks pirate will be much cooler! ^_^