After Luffy made up his mind to recruit Brook's story with the others supporting him, the Straw Hats decide to mount an assault on Thriller Bark to reclaim their stolen shadows and Nami. While Sanji is joined by Robin to save Nami, wanting to kill Absalom after being further provoked by Usopp, Franky and Zoro decide to back up Brook against Ryuma while Luffy intends to directly defeat Gecko Moria himself. At that time, as Oars explores the mast of Thriller Bark, Hogback is informed of the Straw Hats mounting an assault and livid that Absalom removed the General Zombies from the field to be his wedding guests. While Hogback receives Moria's permission to take command of Absalom's zombie servants, having two enforcers in mind, Perona uses her Negative Hollows to stop Luffy and Sanji in their tracks. But before Perona can get the rest, Oars falls from the mast onto the stairs, cutting Luffy, Chopper and Robin from Usopp and Sanji as they fall down below to where Zoro and Franky are. Zoro and Franky are then formally introduced to Oars after Usopp comes to and finds the two taking down what they thought was a wall.