While General Franky holds off Baby 5 and Buffalo, Luffy waits for his crew before they hit the road and catch Caesar before he's spirited away. Elsewhere, Monet has a grim, final message for Doflamingo.
Pushing aside the fact that this arc has had a total of three harrowing leaps through gates. I enjoy the fact that Franky's battle with Buffalo and Baby 5 is in this fog of war. They don't even know what they're battling about or the motives of the other. It's absurd but plausible given how both parties aren't in the loop to current events. I didn't care much for Dolamingo's crew, but I got some laughs seeing the General Franky showcased more.
I don't believe for a second that Monet is really going to be sacrificing herself, or it would be more accurate to say that I don't want to believe that will happen. There are so many hints that her loyalties aren't as they seem, and she's a phenomenal liar. My money is on her just giving the impression that everyone is dead so Doflamingo wont be the wiser. Sort of what the Straw Hats tried to pull on Crocodile waaaaay back at the end of Little Garden. It's a great way to sneak up on someone later if they don't know you're alive.
Well, here I was hoping that Luffy had finally such the trap of Caesar Clown, but he's awake yet again. Could he really escape with Smoker's disembodied heart, or will they catch him? What I'm confused about is that Smoker seems rather unconcerned. I wonder, did Law pull a fast one and that's not in fact Smoker's heart he holds in his hands?
Baby 5 continues to highlight the role of a negative icon. Not only does she do whatever anyone asks of her. Her devil fruit abilities render her practically useless unless she's being used by someone else. She's a character who's completely dependent on the power of others and a living tool. Not that the powers make for a bad show.
Have you ever wished that you could just hit that switch in your mind that keeps you from believing anything could happen in fiction? It can be like trying to watch professional wrestling once you realize it's all scripted - - I didn't say fake. Stories could feel much more fun and dramatic if you weren't sure about the outcome 90% of the time. This chapter finale gives the impression that once Monet hits that button that everyone will die at once, but we know that's not going to happen. Meaning, she either doesn't press the button or it just fails to explode. However, I can admit that I'm still a bit worried about Monet's fate, so perhaps I'm not as cynical as I think.
Next week is the Christmas break. I'm not sure there will be a review up. On that same note, I'm also not even sure there will be a SHONEN JUMP published next week. That would make a review not only pointless but impossible. Happy Holidays, everyone.