After rehashing and catching up on One Piece, I noticed that in the most recent episode, Luffy mentions that he wanted around 10 crew members. Not counting the ships or Vivi, we’re still missing, at the very least, a crew member! I’m basing my entire rambling on the fact that he said he wanted 10 crew members.
I went back to the first few episodes and he did in fact say that he wanted 10 members. According to the chapter titles, Brooks is considered the eighth member. If we count Luffy as a member, that still leaves us with an empty slot. It might be worth mentioning that Blackbeard’s crew has exactly 10 with the inclusion of Shiliew the Chief Jailer (I don’t know if I should count the horse Stronger but I thought it would be more epic if it was a 10 on 10 battle royale).
During an interview with Oda at Jump Fiesta, he mentioned that there may be a new member in the form of a previous enemy/villain/boss. This was said in between Amazon Lily and Impel Down. We now know that Luffy indeed groups up with several prisoners of Impel Down, and all of them were enemies at some point in time. I take this rumour of a new crew member with a grain of salt because “nakama” can have many meanings. It could have meant a temporary alliance or an ally but not an entirely new member.
We can immediately rule out Crocodile, Mr. 3, Mr. 1 and good ole Mr. 2 Bon Kurei. The majority of those are doing their own thing and one is no longer living. Vivi had already turned down their offer to join as she wants to remain and take care of her counter, Alabasta. I really would like the addition of a new main character but many of the positions in the crew have been filled.
Luffy is captain.
Zoro is first mate, swordsman, and lookout.
Nami is the navigator.
Usopp is the sniper, cannoneer, artist and inventor.
Sanji is the shef.
Chopper is the doctor.
Robin is an archaeologist, historian, and assassin.
Franky is the shipwright and engineer. He’s also a badass robot.
Brook is the musician.
What positions remain? There isn’t an obvious void that needs to be filled. Looking at the conceptual art in One Piece Green, there are only 9 characters present. The Majority of them still remain true to their current day counterparts, Franky changed from a mini floating midget to a huge cyborg and Robin changed from a sneaky bandit into an archaeologist cum historian.
Most of this speculation is folly but it’s fun to theorize. In reality, I don’t think that there will be any new members. After the huge time skip, the present crew is essentially finalized.
Continuing with the idea though, I would like to see Perona added to the group. Jinbe is another possibility but Perona is my favorite character aside from Robin. She treated Zoro’s wounds and helped them escape from Sabaody and would help to balance the ratios of male to female. Not to mention her wacky personality would contrast well with Chopper’s innocence and cuteness. Ah, I can dream of it at least.