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She was accepted as one long before that though, they've gone through the whole Skypiea saga, around ~100 chapters[1/3 of the chapters], by that time. The new member of the W7/EL arcs was Franky.
Honnestly, do you realise how ridiculous your argument is ?
Btw you still haven't answered my question... I am starting to think that what you are trying to defend is your wierd equation and not the fact that Rebecca will join (which is at the moment undefendable...). And inventing stuff such as 'Robin was officially part of the crew after EL'... Seriously?
I just watched last anime, in which the head of Doflamingo appears while Luffy is trying to 'revive' momo. And from this video I just have the feeling that DD is a bad memory of momo not that he is some kind of medium..
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What does Rebecca have to offer that will make her part of the crew?
Zoro's first mate fighter who's close to Luffy's strength and can provide that toughness needed; an example is when he told Luffy and the crew that Usopp needed to apologize first.
Sanji is also part of the monster trio who can fight and cook, as well as plan ahead and is smart; example being helping the crew get away from the Marine in Enies Lobby and taking on the Groggy monsters with Zoro and winning, despite being beaten up badly.
Then you have Nami, who is arguably the most important member after the captain. She's not only the mother of the crew, but she's also their highly intelligent and highly capable navigator who can accurately predict weather, as well as straighten Luffy and the crew out when needed. Her desire for gold also makes her invaluable to the Straw Hat's finances. She can also fight and protect herself well against lesser opponents. When the crew was headed to Alabasta, Nami got sick, but even then she managed to predict the weather right and help the crew avoid it, if I recall.
Usopp is one of the best snipers and provides some carpentry knowledge to help the ship stay afloat. His expertise and variety of weapons make him useful against a lot of enemies and challenges. He can also hold his own and fight when required. A great example of his usefulness is when as Sogeking, Usopp shot the set of keys to Robin and Franky, which allowed Robin's shackles to come free in time (since Usopp was too far away).
Chopper is also one of the most important member of the crew with his ability as a doctor and as a fighter. He's primarily a doctor who tends to be dumb, but Chopper is also pretty useful as a fighter. He has helped healed the crew, whether Robin and Luffy from being frozen or Zoro from his wounds at Thriller Bark.
Robin may not see as much action, but she's very useful in the amount of knowledge she has of the world and current events. Not only that, but she's also one of the most important pieces in learning more about the world of One Piece, especially given her desire to learn about the Lost History, which seems to be extremely important in connection to the world and to Luffy and the will of D. If not for her, we likely wouldn't have known about Shirahoshi being Poseidon or about the Lost History.
Franky is a cyborg who can do almost anything. He's extremely important in keeping the ship in tip-top shape as a shipwright and can provide useful aid with his coup de boo, fire, lasers, and stuff he makes.
Brook is primarily a fighting support that while not as powerful as the Monster Trio can still fight well. He can also play music, which is something that Luffy wanted. Recently, Brook can also go out of his body and observe without even being close to his body, whether in a poisonous area or trying to convince someone to help if he's locked up.
Jinbei if he joins would not only add tremendous firepower to the crew, but he would also add knowledge, support of Fishman Island and his crew, and likely the connections he may have built up as part of the Whitebeard crew and possibly shichibukai.
Rebecca however offers nothing new to the crew. They don't need another mediocre fighter. She also seems to not have any special skills that make her a good addition. The only thing you can argue at this point, or at least about Rebecca, is that it's too early to tell. However, the Straw Hats have not taken on anyone that weren't useful and even if they did, it was only temporary. I see Kin'emon as being more likely to join, with or without Momonosuke.
Rebecca has a dream, and that's to live with the Toy Soldier.
Eddy, I think more people would consider the possibility of Rebecca joining the crew if you gave reasons beyond "there is a formula, and she fits it". There are several people who are asking you what she would offer to the crew either character-wise or fighting-wise, and you haven't given us an answer so far.
Alright, I admit that I'm using merely spectral information that Rebecca will join. Still, if you think she is a flat character, that's what character development is for, and Oda knows how to develop a character. Still, if my hypothesis is proven unfounded, I'll never speak of formulas for SH crewmembers again.
Like I have said in earlier post. If a new strawhat does not join this arc, then Jinbe will be the last one. The reason I say this is because Oda intended for One Piece to last only 5 years, but the story evolved as he started writing. Most Of the crew(Luffy, Zoro, Sanji, Usopp, Nami) have been around since the first 2 years of the manga. We(The readers) have grown a certain attachment to these characters over the years. I personally dont think that Oda can risk just throwing a new character in there without some serious build up.
Jinbe joining and I will explain to you why. The Strawhats have went thought 2 major events......The Ennies Lobby battle and them spliting up. When the group split up, Jinbe got some serious face time, we got a chance to see him with Luffy without us having to focus on the other members, he was there when Ace died, then right after the skip the story transitioned into the Fishmand Island Arc, where Jinbe was a key character there, soo when he does join, it will not be like a new character, but an old one who has just been away for a while.
Even though I have a strong feeling that he will not join, I thought Kinemon had so much potential because he will get some serious face time, from the Punk Hazard arc, through this arc, and even when they take on Kaidou because Im sure he is tied in some type of way.
There are some potential members this arc, but It is hard to say if anyone joins. Rebecca could join, but she could be a shirohoshi or she could be a vivi, or she could be lke nami. who knows.
Luffy said he wanted at least ten members for his crew when he started his adventure. Still, I think the number of members in the end will depend on Oda's mood. For all we know, he could have Luffy recruit twenty members total. After all, now that the Straw Hats are in the New World, Luffy could use all the powerful crewmates he could find.
He will need to end adding some member one day. Already the current crew is a bit to much to handle and Jinbei is not even there.
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Well, I think we should count Jimbei as one of the crew members since Luffy invited him in the crew and Jimbei accepted the invitation, but said that he needs some time to resolve the issues with Big Mom and his crew, so in the end it seems that he will join eventually. Maybe when Luffy will finally confront Big Mom.
About other crew members... I think we are still going to witness several new crew members besides Jimbei, since it's obvious that the current crew as it is even with some allies can't confront Yonkou, let alone confront Navy. Even if the entire crew will get some progress in this Arc it 's obvious that to clear New World they need bigger and stronger crew. It was stated that Yonkou aren't only strong themselves. They also had a damn strong close crew and a big army of allied forces like WB did. So in order to take a Yonkou down you either have to have a big crew or all the members of the crew have to be powerhouses. For now the only powerhouses in the crew are Monster Trio and Francky (all to some extent, since I can't even call Luffy a powerhouse for now). So they do need a serious addition to the crew, since at least in WB's crew every commander was at least able to fight on par with VA and some of the stronger ones even managed to fight and stall some of the Admirals.
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I think that Oda is going to turn the Strawhats into a big, Yonkou size crew. Jinbe is joining, even though he is Captain of his own crew. Something has to be done with the Sun Pirates, and I do not think he will be disbanding them. I think Osa will be giving the Strawhats three or four divisions, along with the main crew on the Sunny. I think the Sun Pirates become the Second Division (the Sunny is first). Jinbe joins the main crew, the former Sun Pirates are stationed somewhere, to defend an allied island. That way they can become Strawhats (not just an allied crew), but that conveniently keeps them out of the story, not cluttering up the cast. After Kaido is defeated, I think that Law joins under similar terms. He travels on the Sunny, while the former Heart Pirates are stationed to guard another island. That would make Law the tenth, and last, crew member. That would also make the Strawhats (more or less) equal to the big crews Law was talking about after Dressrosa. Cavendish and Barto could potentially become allied crews. I don't think they become Strawhats, but I do think they could potentially become allies, like how the Sun Pirates had been allies of Whitebeard. The Pirates Luffy freed from Hodi Jones could also become allies, if not a full division, guarding Fishman Island for the Strawhats.
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And because this is a shounen, we will very likely see a mrirrored version of the Strawhats within the Blackbeard crew, so the number of crew members will be limited to his top members from the MF war.
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