The most predominant theory on how a black hole is created is that a solar body, such as a star, gains so much mass that is actually collapses in on itself. This reaction of opposing forces thus creates a supernova that rips a hole in space to....no one really knows. That same threat becomes more apparent as the cast of ONE PIECE just seems to endlessly expand with each new arc or chapter. That's partly what I experienced this week.
With the introduction of the Flame-Flame Fruit to this story, it became patently obvious that at the end it would either be destroyed or eaten by someone in this ever ballooning cast. Jesus Burgess is either after it for himself or on Blackbeard's behalf. Bellamy can't eat it since he already has a power. He's most likely here to either prove himself to Doflamingo, or a chance at revenge against Luffy. My odds are leaning toward Rebecca. Luffy would want it to go to a good person. She has a sense of honor and wants to take down Doflamingo for some reason.
When it comes to Doflamingo, has anyone else noticed just how many lovely women seem to hold a grudge against him? I'm not sure whether I should hate him or be envious.
If I had any complaint about the Punk Hazard Arc. It was that there were just so few villains compared to the heroes. Well, this has a wild swing in the other direction. Seems each chapter we're introduced to several new characters, but how many of them will be of any real consequence. It might not have been so bad if it hadn't taken up half of this chapter to introduce all these guys. It reminds me of all those rookies that were shown trying to join the Impostor Straw Hats.
Also, many of the stereotypes of shonen tournaments are starting to pile up. Even the cliche of segmented free-for-all brawls are being used as the preliminaries. At least there are only four brackets. I don't expect this to be as drawn out as say a DRAGON BALL tournament tends to be.
A 3 out of 5 seems a bit harsh of a score seeing how many great laughs I got out of this week's chapter, but it's a bit frustrating when we know that most of these names are just fodder to be wiped out by the four remaining combatants. I almost subtitled this review as "Meet the Fodders". I did some math last week, and the ONE PIECE manga has roughly 420 named characters. That's not even counting the number of characters that were introduced this week. It was a good read, but I wish we'd start getting to the point a touch faster.