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AV MOD MATERIAL: ONE PIECE Ch. 703 Review

I tell ya', life ain't easy for a shonen named "Lucy."

Luffy enters the tournament to reclaim Ace's Flame-Flame Fruit under the pseudonym "Lucy", and Sanji's dedication to beautiful women looks to be put to the ultimate test.

The Good

THIS isn't SPARTA!
THIS isn't SPARTA!

You tend to learn a lot of interesting thing if you're fond of commentaries on movie or TV show DVDs. You get clued in on a lot of industry terms as the crew talks amongst themselves. One such term is "B Story". This is a side-story that is often taking place concurrent as the A Story, and it doesn't necessarily tie into the main plot. Seeing how the main purpose of coming to Dressrosa was to destroy the SMILE factory. Luffy's gang could have been called the A Story, but now they've already branched out into their very own B, C, and D stories. Luffy's entering a tournament, we have Zoro chasing the fairy who took hisShusui, and Sanji is being tempted by a femme fatale that wants him to kill a man for her. I get the feeling that by the time this arc ends we're going to be half way through the alphabet.

Talk about a triple threat. Dancer, beautiful, and a stabber.
Talk about a triple threat. Dancer, beautiful, and a stabber.

Of all out options in this arc, I'm less interested in watching a tournament, but I wouldn't be surprised ifOda grabs my attention later on with some Luffy-esque twist. The story that's currently grabbed my attention is Sanji's. For as many times as we witness the lustful cook drool over himself at the sight of a beautiful woman. It's mostly for gags, and we rarely ever seen him conflicted by it. Last time was againstKalifa. Now, the lovely Violet is challenging Sanji to kill a man for her.

The Bad

It's sort of amazing how quickly the purpose for traveling to Dressrosa has been forgotten. It's not even mentioned this week. I'm not complaining about that so much, but what is the rest of the crew up to? Law and Robin are off dropping Caesar on Green Bit, and Namiis on the Sunny. We have so many side-stories. I'm concerned this arc is being stretched a little thin.

Verdict 4/5

Despite my concerns of the plot being fractured into several different directions. I'm still highly entertained with where they're going. I only wish Oda would spread the love around to the rest of the main cast. Over all, it's a great chapter with good laughs along the way.

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

Destinyheroknighton April 3, 2013 at 1:51 p.m.

Lucy and Fairies, is Oda trying to say something :)

Do hope Oda go back and forth with the crew and Law, don't want to see just Luffy beat up on random people until he face Doflamingo's people

I feel like Sanji is falling for a trap, also is Violet Fujitora? (that would be a interesting twist LOL!)

Petiewon April 3, 2013 at 5:12 p.m.
Since I've already read next week's I'll say the tournament is the most interesting thing for me so far. Some pretty exciting things look like they'll happen.
 
On the other hand, unlike you I'm least excited about Sanji. I actually feel like Oda has been slowly ruining Sanji over the last couple of years, there's a bit in the SBS where his voice actor is complaining that Sanji has just turned into a running joke, and Oda says it's his fault because he plays comedy so well. He's gone from a suave, cool ladies man, to an asshole that'll drag himself through 2 miles of broken glass and his friend's dreams to hear a woman fart through a den den mushi resulting in him nosebleeding to death.
I hope Oda has something good planned with this.

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