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AV MOD MATERIAL: ONE PIECE Ch. 681 Review

Luffy and Caesar finally have a semi-serious clash this week, and Trafalgar Law makes big his move to claim a weapon he's been waiting for.

ONE PIECE Ch. 681: Luffy Versus Master

The match we've been waiting for is just beginning as Straw Hat Luffy takes on the the master of gas in an all out brawl, but the mysterious Monet steps in to block Luffy and aide Caesar's escape. As Sanji defends Tashigi from Vergo, it seems Law is finally making the move he's been waiting for since joining the Shichibukai.

The Good

I think Caesar may need a change of pants.
I think Caesar may need a change of pants.

For as wicked and deadly as Oda developed Caesar to make him appear as a viable threat in previous chapters. Within pretty much two panels it's obvious that this gaseous-genius doesn't stand a whiff of a chance against Luffy in a straight out fight. Funny enough, I actually find that rather entertaining. It's such a great way to mix things up in the traditional shonen style. I laugh every time I see that terrified expression of Caesar. The way CC can control the gasses on his environment gives me the strong sense that Nami will be the key to Luffy's ultimate victory. Manipulating the environment is her specialty, and all Luffy needs is one good opening.

Who are you Monet, and what are those powers?
Who are you Monet, and what are those powers?

For as many cool scenes Trafalgar Law has had, Monet is easily turning into the most intriguing character of the entire Punk Hazard Island Arc. With Law, I don't feel the level of ambiguity that this chapter's closing would like the readers to have, but I find my self constantly drawn to Monet in all her scenes. I'm really looking forward to seeing what becomes of her by the end. It appears that she's not working as a spy for Doflamingo willingly.

The Bad

I want to avoid the embarrassment of last week as Tashigi was once again being tossed around like a sack of potatoes. How long is Tashigi going to continue having to be saved and finally get stronger? I really can't wait for the whole "run away from the poisonous gas" part of this story to end. Every time it seems to be over. It keeps lingering like bad gas -- pun intended.

The Sanji and Vergo fight at least has my attention. Does Vergo have a hardening Devil Fruit power, the Tekkai from theRokushiki, or does he have something similar to Luffy's Armament Hardening technique? Whatever the source, it appears Vergo has broken one of Sanji's precious legs. Maybe that's the window for Tashigi to help Sanji. There' aren't enough villains in this arc to go around. They may have to share.

Verdict 4/5

I don't know what you have planned, but you better do it quick before Monet steals all your scenes.
I don't know what you have planned, but you better do it quick before Monet steals all your scenes.

I've been spending the past few chapters waiting for the build up to stop and for the action to begin, and this chapter really delivers. It has some great fights, fun twists, and a plot that has me waiting for more. Oda just better be careful, or Monet may just steal the spotlight away from Law in this arc. I gave this chapter a 4 out of 5. It wasn't perfect, but very entertaining.

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

Jinbeifan1on Sept. 13, 2012 at 1:57 p.m.

well going by technical One Piece women, Luffy will offer her a spot on the crew and he'll promise to help protect her. she'll blow him off at first, but then later she'll see him unleash his full power somehere along the line of the story and she'll come back and accept. if not then she's the biggest mystery of OP so far, I'm still confused about what she'll be doing

The Stegmanon Sept. 13, 2012 at 3:14 p.m.
The master of gas huh?....
Destinyheroknighton Sept. 13, 2012 at 3:37 p.m.

I'm really interested in Monet, PH Dragon, CC and Law in this Arc. I believe this is the most interesting Arc for characters (for me) since CP9 Arc

Also I do hope Tashigi step up, I don't want her to be Sakura of the One Piece's world

@The Stegman:
The master of gas huh?....
No, he the master of the island. But he is a gas human :)
LordTerminalon Sept. 13, 2012 at 4:58 p.m.

@Jinbeifan1 said:

well going by technical One Piece women, Luffy will offer her a spot on the crew and he'll promise to help protect her. she'll blow him off at first, but then later she'll see him unleash his full power somehere along the line of the story and she'll come back and accept. if not then she's the biggest mystery of OP so far, I'm still confused about what she'll be doing

To be honest, I sure hope that's what happens. She's too cute to side w/ that deplorable bastard Doflamingo. Or whoever it is she's being forced into working for. (Seriously, I wouldn't be surprised if Doflamingo wasn't the real string puller, pun unintended, behind Monet at this point)

FoxxFireArt moderator on Sept. 13, 2012 at 8:30 p.m.

@Jinbeifan1:

I'm not holding my breath that we'd be so lucky that Monet would join the crew. I think they've exhausted their bad guys turned good then join the crew quota. The crew could use more women.

@The Stegman:

All of that was intentional.

jj_jacksonon Sept. 13, 2012 at 11:34 p.m.

You guys sure have an obsession with monet lol..i personally dont think shes a good fit for the crew but maybe thats just me.. and plus id rather not have luffy invite someone to the crew every arc...i mean geez guys he just invited jimbei..i mean shes cool looking but she hasnt done anything spectacularto win me over yet..

Om1kronon Sept. 14, 2012 at 4:06 a.m.

I don't think the're going to pick up any new members in this arc.

Lobos_Del_Rayoon Sept. 14, 2012 at 9:55 a.m.

So i hope I'm not the only thinking this; back when Law and Luffy first formed their alliance it was based on them taking down a Yonko. At first I was like oh I wonder which of the Yonko they will go after then I remebered Luffy war with Big Mom. I figured this was the Yonko they would go after but after this chapter I have the feeling Law intends to bring down Shanks. Don't ask me why but this is what I feel that Luffy is on the wrong side; I believe Kidd, Hawkins, and Stracthmen are forming an alliance to bring down Big Mom.

OR

Law, Kidd, Hawkins, and Stracthmen are working together to bring down the Yonko and they are recruiting the other Supernovas.

FoxxFireArt moderator on Sept. 14, 2012 at 12:02 p.m.

@Lobos_Del_Rayo:

If it was Shanks, I don't think Luffy would want anyone's help. He would want that to be Straw Hats vs Red-Hairs. There is Bog Mom, but don't forget about Kaido.

Lobos_Del_Rayoon Sept. 14, 2012 at 12:43 p.m.

@FoxxFireArt: I agree and Law never said which of the Yonko he intends to bring down; considering everything that has been said about the Supernovas now being the worst generation. I have a feeling they are a bit darker than what we and the Straw Hats think. What if they are working together under or with someone gathering the other Supernovas, Luffy and Law Alliance, Kidd's meeting with Hawkins and Stracthmen, to take down not one but all of the Yonko. New Blood vs Old Blood.

jj_jacksonon Sept. 14, 2012 at 7:39 p.m.

@Lobos_Del_Rayo: yourforgetting one thing..dont forget who became a yonko..all you guys are forgetting..BLACKBEARD. i thought it was shanks at first too. but its BLACKBEARD doesnt that make more sense? sense hes stolen lots of devil fruit powers recruited half the villains from level 6 and is dominating the new world. im gonna putmy money on thats who they are gonna take down

Lobos_Del_Rayoon Sept. 15, 2012 at 11:18 a.m.

@jj_jackson: Your right maybe the Supernovas are working with Blackbeard to take down the other Yonko this is what has earned them the nickname the worst generation.

FoxxFireArt moderator on Sept. 15, 2012 at 5:06 p.m.

@Lobos_Del_Rayo:

I think you're misunderstanding the meaning of the "Worst Generation". This is what people on the side of the Marines thinks of them. Luffy is also a part of it. It doesn't mean they're actually bad people. They're generation of pirates produced the biggest trouble makers.

I don't see the Supernovas working with Blackbeard. If anything, they're probably worried about him the most. Seeing how Blackbeard has been targeting Devil Fruit users to steal their powers.

Jinbeifan1on Sept. 17, 2012 at 1:26 a.m.

@FoxxFireArt: i think BlackBeard will probably have to be challenged by all of the supernovas for them to even have a chance at the moment, and even that may not be enough. Oda's got someting special for him planned, what that is is beyond me, maybe like the last big bad guy fight, but what he does along the way is still mysterious

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