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AV MOD MATERIAL: ONE PIECE Ch. 679 Review

We're finally leaping head first into the action that has been building for weeks in this latest chapter of ONE PIECE.

ONE PIECE Ch. 679: G-5's Determination

Inspired by the Olympics, the Straw Hats dive for the gold but only manage a silver.
Inspired by the Olympics, the Straw Hats dive for the gold but only manage a silver.

Law, Luffy, Smoker, and the rest of the Straw Hats and company have escaped what could have been certain death from Caesar Clown's poisonous gas that has surrounded the island. However, they are now trapped in the lab of the very man who created it, and there is no telling how many more tricks this villain has. Everyone must put their differences aside in order to get through the last gate and escape the deadly gas known as Shi-no-Kuni, but not everyone makes it out.

The Good

Called it!!
Called it!!

I really love the potential that this arc is building to. Just wishing it would hurry up and get there already. Luffy may not hate Smoker, but Smoker hates all pirates. Now, they have to work together once more. Sworn enemies turned allies against a greater evil is a classic premise. I can't wait for the powers to start colliding. Most of this chapter is just a mad dash to escape through the final gate to safety, but it still manages to get me anticipating the coming events. That includes the ultimate fate of the mini-dragon of Vegapunk. They just left the pour thing behind.

Looks as if I may be right about the enigmatic Monet. It appears she's been Law's inside-man (bird-lady) this whole time. She has seemingly been helping Law from the shadows by replacing his chains with regular iron and slipping Chopper all the information he needs to save the children. The plus side of her being a good guy is possible future appearances past this arc. It's hard to explain, but there's something about her that draws me in.

The Bad

Such a disappointing reunion
Such a disappointing reunion

This chapter must have the biggest disappointment I've had in ONE PIECE for some time, and it all revolves around Tashigi and Zoro's reunion. Last time they saw each other was way back inAlabasta, and she's always brought out such an adorable side to the otherwise gruff swordsman. Here, they basically clash swords for a second, exchange quips, and that's it. Though, it's probably my own fault for coming at this with any sort of expectation.

While we're on the topic, I have to say that I'm sick of Tashigi always having to be rescued and never standing on her own two feet. If she's suppose to be this skilled sword fighter. I'd sure as hell love to see some proof of that. Not that I can't respect the determination of the G-5 Marine unit that sacrificed themselves to get her to safety.

Verdict 3/5

Chapter 679 may be another in a series of build ups to action we've been seeing for a few weeks, but I still have a lot of faith in what Oda has set up for the title card fights for this arc. Luffy's naturally going after Caesar, Smoker seriously wants a piece of the traitor Vergo, but who is everyone else up against? We have so many fighters but not enough opponents to go around. Despite my reservations, it's still a fun read, and I'm certainly looking forward to the next chapter.

-Kristoffer Remmell ( FoxxFireArt) is a freelance graphic artist, writer, and over all mystery geek.- Follow for news updates: @FoxxFireArt

Destinyheroknighton Aug. 31, 2012 at 12:21 p.m.

The part with Tashigi and Zoro reunion didn't really bug me, since they was kind of in a rush

Anyway, I enjoy the chapter

Username_Undefinedon Aug. 31, 2012 at 2 p.m.

I think Zoro's and Tashigi's reunion was appropriate, given the situation. Considering that the gas was right behind them, they didn't have the time to hold a conversation. Besides, Zoro had a huge grin on his face during their clash (compared to a few panels earlier when attacking the Marine) and made a quip about her promotion. I'm not big on shipping, but I still think that he's glad to see she's okay and doing well for herself.

Also, it was no where near a poignant as Going Merry, but seeing the now statues of Marines that saved Tashigi had a lot of emotional punch. I hope that they all get posthumously promoted. (or just promoted if Chopper and Law figure out a way to save everyone, this is One Piece)

Godspeed, gentlemen.
Godspeed, gentlemen.
Lobos_Del_Rayoon Aug. 31, 2012 at 2:45 p.m.

@Username_Undefined said:

Also, it was no where near a poignant as Going Merry, but seeing the now statues of Marines that saved Tashigi had a lot of emotional punch. I hope that they all get posthumously promoted. (or just promoted if Chopper and Law figure out a way to save everyone, this is One Piece)

Godspeed, gentlemen.
Godspeed, gentlemen.

I got to admit though if I was going to die from a poisonous gas that would turn me into a statue I want to strike a cool pose like they are especially the guy in the back holding up peace signs. XD

Petiewon Aug. 31, 2012 at 3:10 p.m.
RIP(?) Marines, bros to the end.

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