After last chapters cliffhanger about Sanji, and the reintroduction of Nami and Chopper, I think that something is very off about Zou. The bases of my theory is that Zou isn’t as cheerful and friendly as it seems, it has a secret dark side.
First before I go into the details of the theory, I would just like to analyze the SH’s arrival on each island they go to. On almost every island they initially enter, they are either hated on sight for being pirates, or are treated like regular people. The only time that this trend hasn’t held up in the past was when the crew landed on Whiskey Peak.
Now, as we all know this town didn’t turn out to be the pirate heaven that the crew thought it was, it had a darker side that the crew discovered later, after they had been seduced by the beautiful women
and the wonderful atmosphere and partying
Now I know that these similarities between Zou and Whiskey Peak aren’t strong enough to conclusively say that Zou has a dark side. But I have a few more points to bring up.
The first is has to do with Wanda’s comment about the Curly Hat’s
She says that they are deceased, but we find out later on that neither Nami nor Chopper are dead, so why would she say that?
Another weird comment that Wanda makes is when she is talking to Carrot and says that even though Luffy is the captain he won’t be treated with mercy
This seems like a very weird comment to make, especially when we again learn later on that the crew is actually hailed as heroes on Zou.
Wanda’s weird comments aside, not even all of the Minks in the country seem trust the SH, even though, if they are the heroes that should be well respected. This is not only shown once, but twice, with Pedro having Luffy surrounded on sight, and the guards in front of the Mink village threatening Luffy and co., even though they were with Wanda.
I believe that the all of Wanda’s comments and these scenes of Mink mistrust are hints to us that Nami and Chopper believe that the other Swirly Hats are dead, but in fact they are actually being held captive by the Mink King.
Now I know that that seems like a huge leap to make, but stay with me. The next part of my theory all relies on you guys believing that this guy that Nami is sleeping on:
is the Mink King.
I believe that this guy is the one who ordered the Swirly Hat’s, other than Nami and Chopper to be captured, but tricked Chopper and Nami into believing that they were either severally injured or dead. Now why do I think he imprisoned the people who rescued Zou, and why weren’t Nami and Chopper also imprisoned?
The next part of my theory involves some speculation and I hope you can go with me. I think that the Mink King is actually a very corrupt king, who forces most of the Mink women to service him in his own personal harem.
The first reason I believe this is because of the huge difference in appearance between the Minkwomen and the Minkmen
While the Mink females look very much like regular human females, with lots of curves and big breasts, the Mink men look far more beast like. This difference in attractiveness may have created a society where most Mink females are only prized for their beauty while the men are rewarded for their feats of strength.
Now the next reason why I think the Mink King uses the women as prostitutes is because of his interaction with Nami. Instead of allowing her to dress in her regular clothes and sleep in a normal bed, he has her dressed up in a very fancy and seductive outfit:
and has her sleeping on his stomach. Now it might be a stretch to believe that the Mink King is trying to make Nami into another member of his harem, but in the very same chapter Wanda reveals that some Minks, like the king, think that Humans are quite attractive
In this very same scene you can see that the Minks are giving Nami their congratulations. Some of you guys have said that this because she is reuniting with her crew, but I think that they’re congratulating her for being inducted into the King’s harem.
I also believe that the Mink King could have been partially inspired by King Henry VIII, a corrupt king in London, who was notorious for his size and his large number of wives.
The last reason why I think that the Mink King allows and endorses prostitution in Zou is because in One Piece, Oda likes to explore very controversial topics, like racism, drug abuse, slavery, and many other things. It would only make sense that he would eventually tackle the topic of prostitution and sexual abuse of women.
Going back to the overall theory, now that I’ve told you why I believe the Zou King is corrupt, I will now explain how Sanji made him mad enough to have himself captured.
I do believe that the Swirly Hat’s were the ones responsible for having Jack leave the island, but I also think that it is there fault that he came in the first place.
When we see them in 795, we see Sanji and Brooke taking out some of Kaido’s men.
We also know that most of these men were able to escape, and I think that after they escaped they went directly to Jack and told him that it was the Swirly Hat’s fault that they weren’t able to finish their mission. After hearing this Jack went to Zou, destroyed it and was then pushed out by the Swirly Hat’s. Some of the people on Zou praised Sanji and co. as heroes, but most of them blamed them for bringing him to Zou in first place.
The next reason why I believe that why I believe Sanji was captured by the Mink King is because of his policy on women. We all know that Sanji is a huge perv, but he still believes that women should be respected and cared for. Now how do you think Sanji would react if he found out that the Mink King was allowing for women to be abused and used for sex in the country? He speaks out against the Mink King, and because of this out burst the King captures Sanji and creates a dummy to stand in his place as either dead or in a coma as to not upset Nami and Chopper, who aren’t being captured because of Nami’s beauty and Chopper resemblance to a Mink. This is why Nami believes that Sanji is either dead or in a coma and comes rushing to Luffy.
*Theory by Kikodg78