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AV MOD MATERIAL: ONE PIECE Ch. 704 Review

At what point will the ONE PIECE cast become so large that it will collapse in on itself?

Even the statue in this scene has a story about it.
Even the statue in this scene has a story about it.

Luffy has joined the tournament for Ace's Flame-Flame Fruit, but among the other competitors are pirates, familiar faces, assassins, warring nations, and a lovely-lady gladiator named Rebecca.

The Good

I Love Lucy!
I Love Lucy!

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.

The Bad

So many new faces, and one familiar one.
So many new faces, and one familiar one.

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.

Verdict 3/5

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.

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

Jinbeifan1on April 10, 2013 at 11:27 a.m.

i was a little surprised bellamy was still alive

ShadowKnight508 moderator on April 10, 2013 at 1:16 p.m.

@Jinbeifan1: Agreed, especially after what went down in the Jaya Arc at Mock Town. I thought that Doflamingo had him killed off after his loss to Luffy by taking control of Sarquiss and finishing off the battered and beaten Bellamy.

jj_jacksonon April 10, 2013 at 3:53 p.m.

I'am also a bit suprised about bellamy..i guess that kinda reenforces the NOBODY dies rule in one piece..well at least the important pirates good or bad.

FoxxFireArt moderator on April 10, 2013 at 5:39 p.m.
@Jinbeifan1@ShadowKnight508@jj_jackson
Or Bellamy was killed, but Oda decided to bring him back to be a punching bag for Luffy one more time. Remember, there can only be four out of the free-for-all, and one of the spots has already been settled. Wont it be fun to watch Luffy crush him once more?

I'm betting the next two will be Rebecca and Cavendish
Jinbeifan1on April 10, 2013 at 9:39 p.m.

First off, after this recent chapter... WTF

Fujitora is the new Admiral??? that was crazy, I wonder what his DF is though...

also, wouldnt it be hilarious if Violet joined the SH crew cuz of Sanji? I highly doubt it, but it would be HILARIOUS XD

LordTerminalon April 11, 2013 at 11:52 a.m.

Okay if Bellamy can survive an ax to the spine from Sarquiss then that pretty much gives me hope we'll still see Monet again in the future. A small hope but it's better than no hope.

Destinyheroknighton April 11, 2013 at 4:01 p.m.

@FoxxFireArt:

We never see what happen afterward, it was just a slash off panel. It not like Pell surviving a point blank bomb to the face

I getting a Yakuza vibe from Doflamingo group now. Since he kind of care for his crew mates and punish people for failing him

Armor Lucy was awesome

It seem like Rebecca or Jesus Burgess going to get the fruit (I can feel it in my gut)

Cavendish going to get his butt headed to him

I can't wait for Lucy to beat Bellamy again (wonder if he still have Luffy's fist mark)

I like this chapter, can't wait for the next one

Petiewon April 11, 2013 at 4:45 p.m.
@Jinbeifan1: You thought that was crazy? I thought everyone was expecting it. 
 
I hope Bellamy laughs at old man Lucy and asks if he even knows how to throw a punch.
Anybody know what Luffy is doing? We haven't seen him for a couple of chapters.
jj_jacksonon April 11, 2013 at 5:50 p.m.

@FoxxFireArt: that would be fun to see!! i hope it happens lol but instead he knocks himout with haki this time avoiding the punch altogether lol that would be awesome

Om1kronon April 16, 2013 at 1:09 p.m.

What I find most impressive is that Oda-San is able to have such a lucrative library of characters, and he changes up their wardrobes every now and then or during different arcs, and I don't think it's necessarily because he wants to give them a fresher look, I think he just doesn't want to keep drawing the same damned accessories for them lol. But jeez that would drive me nuts. And he does this on a weekly basis, which is nuts to me.

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