Re: how will straw hats survive dressrosa
Franky got trashed baaad... he was out-numbered though, he was just one against.... a lot.
And Sanji got messed up pretty bad, but he had his greatest weakness against him, he was changeless when Violet decided to tie him up and torture him..
If it weren't for Brook, Nami and Co. would have been doomed.. though.. ultimately Brook won that battle for them, and he was pretty darn slick about it to <_<
They need to be stronger still, yeah.. but I highly doubt it will happen doing the time-skip, it will happen as the manga progresses just like pre-timeskip where we actually saw all of them growing immensly in power as the manga went on.
I mean, just remember.. when Usopp began he had, led bullets and rotten eggs in a ordinary slingshot, that was it! First when he build Kabuto with the impact dials could he shoot as far as he did, and then he made the fire-bird stars and so on.
Nami had only a wooden stick, then had the first clima-tact that couldn't do all that terrible much, and at last the upgraded version that could do a lot more damage.
Luffy couldn't do any of the gears at the beginning, Zoro couldn't cut through steel, Sanji couldn't go Super Sayin like he did in Thriller Bark when he was told Nami was about to get married away... <_<
So they don't need a time-skip to grow, Oda proved he is capable to make the characters grow stronger naturally as the story progresses.