For some reason, I’ve been having a lot of otp feels these days - so I just felt like writing a little something about this one moment from chapter 333:
There are two things about this whole chapter that amaze me. Luffy only says one word here: Heavy…!!. Yet it is enough for Zoro to understand what he means and what he must be going through. This is one of those rare moments when Luffy is not physically drained but rather emotionally. And vulnerable. He doesn’t really react to what Zoro tells him but I do think that he said what Luffy needed to hear. Then there is the fact that Zoro talks to him at all… As you know, this takes place right after Luffy defeated Usopp as he left the crew. Everyone is obviously hurt and shocked about what happened. So Zoro himself is in pain about it but I’m guessing he also realizes that Luffy has it worse since he was the one who had to fight Usopp. It would have been understandable if he had just tried to quietly deal with his feelings - like the others did - but instead, he kinda pushes his own emotions back to look out for and try to find the right words to say to Luffy.
That is actually pretty selfless imo. And it’s also not the first or last time when he prioritizes Luffy over himself. But really, Zoro’s love for Luffy is something that never ceases to amaze me.