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A battle between equal opportunity sword-fighting comes to it's abrupt but entertaining end in this week's chapter of ONE PIECE.

Zoro, I once again bow to your overwhelming awesomeness.
Zoro, I once again bow to your overwhelming awesomeness.

Two of the more powerful swordsmen of ONE PIECE team up together in a fight between the powerful Logia user, Monet.Tashigi finally shows her growth, blood is shed, and Zoro proves that you don't need to cut with a sword to win.

The Good

Tashigi is adorable when she's angry.
Tashigi is adorable when she's angry.

It seems my predictions that the heroes would be sharing villains came true. It was a combination of Zoro and Tashigi to overcome Monet, and it also looks as if it will be Smoker and Law to fightVergo. I was so excited for this chapter, because the combination of these two sword fighters has always created great moments. She brings out such an adorable side to the normally stoic and unmovable swordsman. It's nice getting these rare cracks in his emotional walls.

And it's Tashigi for the win.
And it's Tashigi for the win.

This chapter also brings up the issue of female characters in shonenaction series. More often, they only have women fighting women. I can understand the concern of having your heroes violently beating up on women. That's not something you really want to promote to a primarily young male audience, but is it enough of a balance that it takes Zoro to come to Tashigi's rescue? I did think it was a nice balance that Zoro won not by hurting Monet but by inflicting sheer terror of his power. Finally, Tashigi is the one who gives the finishing blow to save Zoro.

Something I've always been thankful of Oda is that he's always seemed to avoid any big romance between the main cast, something most shonen series have. It really helps to avoid the annoying TWILIGHT-esque debates among fans of who's better for one another. Inarguably, Usopp has the strongest romance with Kaya, and these moments between Zoro and Tashigi feels like a bickering couple. I wonder if Tashigi is going to come out of this arc realizing that Zoro isn't the heartless villain she's always thought him to be?

The Bad

I would say that I'm a bit disappointed that this entire fight lasted only a single chapter. Seeing more of Tashigi fighting would have been nice. I honestly want to see her live up to her vow to get stronger. I'm just happy that Monet is still alive. There are still more questions about her to be answered.

Verdict 5/5

Geez, get a room, you two.
Geez, get a room, you two.

Just as with last chapter, this was a great mixture of comedy and action. I was curious how they were going to handle this chapter with Zoro. He's a very honorable man, but something about holding back against a woman somehow felt contrary to his origin and respect for Kuina. I think this had not as much to do with that fact that Monet is a woman, but of a fight against a woman who wasn't a worthy opponent. Remember, he originally walked away from Hyouzou without finishing him off. Am I off in that assessment?

Who's fight will be next, Smoker & Law vs. Vergo? The only other known villain is Caesar, and that's Luffy's foe.

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

Destinyheroknighton Nov. 2, 2012 at 1:42 p.m.

I enjoy this chapter, but I was disappointed that Tashigi didn't get a longer fight

Well, now I know that Monet isn't joining the crew (but she still awesome)

I also like the fact that there no big romance in One Piece, but it don't stop the fans from making the connections

I love how Oda redo a scene instead of copying and pasting it

Hope Monet get a cover page story after this

Jinbeifan1on Nov. 2, 2012 at 1:52 p.m.

i thought this chapter was awesome! i didnt really care whether tashigi got more face time, i dont expect her to be zoro's level anytime soon if at all. zoro was of course still a badass, which i'm sure we all were aching to see more of him lately. and i also think that we're going to have a few surprise villains appear thanks to Doflamingo sending a couple of his men.

jj_jacksonon Nov. 2, 2012 at 4:41 p.m.
I like how he sat back kinda like vegeta did when goku and vegeta took turns fighting kid buu. I know he respects tashigi and he sees her growth but he still is brutally honest to her and says she's no match for him. Somehow I feel like she will be one of his greatest opponents after a while. Zoro seems like he let's opponents that's weaker than him walk away if they choose if not he crushes them.
FoxxFireArt moderator on Nov. 5, 2012 at 1:28 a.m.


I would have liked to have seen her fight a bit more, as well.


I don't think she should be at Zoro's level, but they made such a big deal about her desire to get stronger. It would be nice to have some payoff on that moment. Odds are, after this arc it will be a long damn time till we see her again.

It would be nice if this all ends with Tashigi getting a better idea of the kind of man Zoro is.

I'm not sure about Doflamisngo's men. Just how far away are they, and how do they even get in when the entire island is covered in poisonous gas?

taichokage is online on Nov. 5, 2012 at 1:19 p.m.
Nice. I've been waiting for these since Len stopped making reviews. It was great. But this chapter almost hinted at the possibility that Zoro > Luffy seeing as Luffy had trouble and Zoro had none. I doubt it but Zoro has always been closer to Luffy's level than I think he's given credit for. I can't wait for he and the other Strawhats to have a serious battle and I'm nearly as anxious to see their next bounties.
FoxxFireArt moderator on Nov. 5, 2012 at 6:46 p.m.
I've been reviewing ONE PIECE on here for a while.
taichokage is online on Nov. 5, 2012 at 7:20 p.m.
Sheesh silly me. I don't know how ive missed them.
SpeedForceSpideron Nov. 8, 2012 at 2:05 a.m.

@taichokage: I would love for Zoro to surpass Luffy. He is a far better character IMO.

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