Luffy crushes the dreams of Caesar Clown, along with nearly every bone in his sternum; but the crew still needs to escape with the kids before they're all overcome by the shinokuni gas. Unfortunately, Law's plan to capture the mad scientist may be ruined ifDoflamingo's killers, Baby 5 and Buffalo get him first. Thanks goodness Franky seems to have thought ahead.
"Luffy's got a magnum in his pocket. He's gonna pull it out, and finally shut Caesar Clown's fat-ass mouth." I'm not so bold as to assume any rhyme I could come up with could ever hold a candle to the Otaku King, Richie Branson; but I felt that Luffy's latest attack the Grizzly Magnum required a bit more flourish than usual. The fall out of this blew away any expectation I had. It reminded me of one of those climax scenes you'll often see in action movies where they repeat the scene several times from different angles for dramatic effect. We aren't the only ones watching this display of power. Much of the New World's underground were witness to this pwnage.
As everyone is gathering together for the grand escape, Luffy's passion may have backfired since two of Doflamingo's crew have arrived. I'm impressed that Franky thought to pull out the General Franky. Baby 5's body is made of weapons, and Franky is also covered in weaponry. The villains of the arc have proven to be largely ineffective. This coming fight looks to be a balanced match, but how formidable is a person who would do anything you ask?
One of the most undeveloped subplots of this arc has to be the story of Kinemon's search to find his son. It's yet to add anything to the story, but him getting caught in the gas should serve as a test subject for Chopper to pull out an inevitable antidote. All this concern about Kinemon is nice and all, but....what about Monet? I'm a bit concerned that Law hasn't noticed her absence, but I guess Odadoesn't want to tip his hand about the depth her involvement yet.
People often rail against the role women play in shonen manga. When it comes to Baby 5. I agree to a point. She has to be an example of one of the worst stereotypes. She's a woman who does whatever people ask of her out of some misplaced sense of being needed by others. However, much like Archie Bunker she's not intended to be a positive role model. She's a villain, and you're suppose to think poorly of her behavior. In balance you have Nico Robin, an intelligent, lovey scholar who is the most mature and classy member of the Straw Hats.
It's been another in the run of entertaining chapters that have followed these past few weeks. It makes me wonder how long this streak can last. With Luffy and Law both pulling out literal earth-shaking attacks, how could anything that follows in this arc expect to equal or surpass in Franky's coming match up? But I can't hold that against this chapter. I cheered, I laughed, and I had fun.
In case you were curious. I've confirmed that the Punk Hazard arc wont begin in the anime series until the first week of January. As the manga version is closing up. The anime version is beginning. 2013 is looking to be a great year for ONE PIECE fans.