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AV MOD MATERIAL: ONE PIECE Ch. 689-690 Review

Shame on all of you who doubted Trafalgar Law.

Yeah, it's going to cost him an arm and his legs.
Yeah, it's going to cost him an arm and his legs.

Luffy has caught up to Caesar and comes to the rescue of Brownbeard, but he's undeterred by the scientists taunts and continues the long tradition of caving in the faces of everyone who tries to intimidate him. In another part of the labs, Trafalgar Law gets his heart back and has a message for his former leader while he settles an old score with Vergo at the same time.

The Good

That'll do, Brownbeard. That'll do.
That'll do, Brownbeard. That'll do.

I have to applaud Oda for what he creates with his secondary characters. He can introduce really vile people, but find a way to have you sympathize with them, if even only a little. Crocodile was a megalomaniacal bastard in Alabasta, but I found myself rooting for him a bit during the war. Now, we have Brownbeard. I cared little for his first appearance. He was nothing more than fodder, but seeing Luffy come to his rescue was touching.

Vergo wasn't half the threat his abs made him out to be.
Vergo wasn't half the threat his abs made him out to be.

One has to start wondering how long it will take for villains to realize that the more you talk and taunt Luffy the harder the blow back gets. Caesar Clown just doesn't strike me as the most experienced in the scientific method. The more he tries to scare Luffy. The harder he keeps getting punched. Mind you, I'm far from complaining. I'm actually finding it rather satisfying.

I seem to remember that there were several commenters that doubted Trafalgar Law and thought he had gone evil several chapters back. Now, we see that he's actually trying to end Doflamingo's grip on the underworld, and he has an idea that the Marine's are up to something huge. It was a downer to see Smoker get getting pummeled by Vergo, but it was all worth it to watch Law give that final blow to Vergo's Armament Hardened body.

The Bad

And yet he's still talking after this.
And yet he's still talking after this.

I know with ONE PIECE you tend to have to stretch the imagination and not let implausibility get in the way of enjoying yourself. However, I find it just odd that Casesar isn't unconscious already from the repeated blows Luffy has delivered to his skull. He's not a trained fighter. He's a mad scientist who's always depended on his logia powers and other people to keep him safe. The man screams the one-hitter-quitter type. Maybe he's finally out, but I have a bad feeling next chapter will be more of his impotent boasting through broken teeth.

The events of these past chapters leave me a bit confused. Two of the biggest villains of the entire arc have been built up to be these great dangers who are nearly invisible. Still. the pair of them have recently been cut down with relative ease. I'm left with this odd feeling of, "Where does this go?". Unless Vergo has some big trick other than using Armament Haki on his entire body. He's pretty doesn't have a leg to stand on - - literally. I guess Caesar could run away again, but I don't see Luffy letting him out of his sight now. Is the fighting truly over already? Will the rest of the arc will be dedicated to escaping the island with the kids, or will Doflmingo's crew arrive?

Verdict 5/5

Law, I stopped trying to predict you a long time ago.
Law, I stopped trying to predict you a long time ago.

If there were two chapters that ever existed for the purpose of causing a person to spontaneously shout out, "Oh, DAMN!!". These two would fit the bill. Watching Luffy repeatedly crush Caesar's face in left me with a big enough grin, but Law's bit was the real shocker. It took me a second reading to just comprehend that Law didn't just cut through Vergo. He sliced open the entire freakin' mountain they're in. However, he kind of went a bit too far. Can't the gas now get into the entire lab now?

The more recent events brings one burning question. Even when Luffy captures Caesar, where are they going to take him to keep him from Doflamingo? I could almost see Trafalgar - - and hopefully Monet - - tagging along with the Straw Hats to the next adventure in the New World. Not that I'm saying they'll be signing up under Luffy, but they are now an alliance. I find myself tentatively hoping this could all turn into the New World edition of the Baroque Works Saga.

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

Destinyheroknighton Nov. 30, 2012 at 10:55 a.m.

It seem like CC have the same jerk powers as Spandam (able to stay conscious cause they are jerks LOL!)

I can't believe I feel sorry for Brownbeard

I like seeing CC being punch, I can watch that all day

I was surprise that Vergo was able to break Smoker's Armament Haki cover Sea Stone jitte, that make him powerful

I love Law's speech and him cutting the Vergo, the lab and the mountain in half

The only problem I have with these chapters are that there is no Franky

Jinbeifan1on Nov. 30, 2012 at 11:27 a.m.

these were some awesome chapters for sure! although you did get me thinking about what comes next... because im still not sure! i still think monet will join the strawhats the same way robin did (probably bring up nostalgia lol) but that one is a little shaky

LordTerminalon Nov. 30, 2012 at 12:26 p.m.

@Jinbeifan1 said:

these were some awesome chapters for sure! although you did get me thinking about what comes next... because im still not sure! i still think monet will join the strawhats the same way robin did (probably bring up nostalgia lol) but that one is a little shaky

Oh please be true. If Bellamy's fate at the end of Skypeia is anything to go by it's that we know what happens to people who work for Doflamingo and fail him and I couldn't bear to see that happen to Monet!

FoxxFireArt moderator on Nov. 30, 2012 at 2:50 p.m.

@Jinbeifan1:

I don't think it's likely that Monet will join the Straw Hats, but I do feel she'll join Trafalgar Law. After that, I feel there may be a change that Law may temperately join along with the Straw Hats on where they go next.

jj_jacksonon Nov. 30, 2012 at 5:53 p.m.

nah my guess is this is gonna be more of jimbei thing. They will maybe meet up later or circumstances will bring them together is my guess. I'm wondering if the rest of the supernovas will join the alliance. I'm pretty sure its againts blackbeard since he has an army of devil fruit users.

xtremekidxon Dec. 1, 2012 at 6:58 a.m.

this issue has been hailed as the best one piece issue of 2012,,,,,,cant wait to see if oda can top this before the year is over....

FoxxFireArt moderator on Dec. 1, 2012 at 2:51 p.m.

@jj_jackson:

I don't think so. SMILE is an artificial devil fruit that is only Zoan type. Blackbeard has been going after actual devil fruit users.

@xtremekidx said:

this issue has been hailed as the best one piece issue of 2012,,,,,,cant wait to see if oda can top this before the year is over....

I can believe that given the final pages of the previous chapter.

I'm not sure what's more impressive. Slicing the mountain open, or wiping that smirk off Doflamingo's face.

Jinbeifan1on Dec. 2, 2012 at 11:35 p.m.

So far this has been the BEST arc already since the time skip, probably since CP9! the war was cool and all, but this story is just so... awe inspiring!!

bettywhitechanon Dec. 4, 2012 at 7:22 p.m.

Hello, I have very rarely posted here. I am confused by this article. To me, one of the most important facts was that Law seemed to state that he was in league with the other SuperNovas. Are Luffy and Law now in league with the other Supernovas?

I think you guys need help writing articles. I would love to help. Please contact me at bettywhite at gmail .com

Destinyheroknighton Dec. 4, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.

@bettywhitechan:

This is just a review of two chapters, it not going deep into theories

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