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AV MOD MATERIAL: ONE PIECE Ch. 705 Review

Does ONE PIECE have the strength of cast to support a chapter that doesn't even star the protagonist?

Does Usopp's hat remind anyone else of a Toriyama design?
Does Usopp's hat remind anyone else of a Toriyama design?

Things are popping off on Dressrosa all over. Just as Trafalgar and the gang is trying to find a way to get Caesar to Green Bit, everyone else is up to adventures of their own.

The Good

Everything is coming up Sanji
Everything is coming up Sanji

If there is anything that bothers me about standard comics. It's that publishers are under the impression that every character they publish has the gravitas to support their own individual books. On the other hand, manga uses their supporting cast sparingly, and they are integrated where best needed for the plot. That balancing act is probably one of the best tests of a manga author. Are they able to create large supporting casts and using them effectively? This week's ONE PIECE didn't even have Luffy appearing. The focus was on the secondary players.

I'm actually impressed with Oda's timing. Just as I was getting a bit weary with the whole tournament, and I wanted to know what everyone else was up to on Dressrosa. I got my answer right away. Zoro's caught his thief, Kin'emon is surrounded, Franky has a clue on the SMILE factory, Sanji took out a sniper for love, and things are hopping on the Thousand Sunny. They all have their own little side stories at high pace.

The Bad

Such an unsurprising reveal
Such an unsurprising reveal

Do you all remember that moment when the Straw Hats first broke into the New World and the fish they caught kept getting swallowed by progressively larger fish? We had the human equivalent in this chapter. We're introduced to two characters using these full page panels. Maynard beats up Gambia, then Maynard is beaten up Bartolomeo, a character we never even get a clear look at. All in service of building this mystery man as a bad ass. He beat up the strong guy, who beat up that other strong guy you've never heard of before. It baffles me that this chapter was titled after Maynard.

Fujitora's official introduction has to be the most lackluster reveal in ONE PIECE. I don't see anyone being surprised about this. Not unless they were surprised by how predictable it was. Oda is usually not this obvious. As I think about it, I now wonder how such a considerate and honorable man ever rose in the ranks of Sakazuki's regime.

Verdict 4/5

The cast was on fire this week. It didn't bother me in the slightest that Luffy never appeared. Events are getting crazy in Dresrosa, and I'm loving it. Not only is their a tournament for a powerful logia fruit, the Marines are preparing for an all out assault, and the World Government has sent in the CP-0. All these forces wouldn't be converging in one place if things weren't about to get crazy at some point.

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

Jinbeifan1on April 17, 2013 at 8:53 p.m.

I was surprised by Fujitora being an admiral because I thought that he was going to be the new Shichibukai :P lol

FoxxFireArt moderator on April 18, 2013 at 10:31 a.m.

Has anyone else been noticing how well things have been going for Sanji recently? Fish-Man Island he enjoyed the mermaids, Punk Hazard he was put inside the body of Nami, and now he has a beautiful dancer fawning over him.

@Jinbeifan1:

The name was pretty obvious, becasue it followed the same pattern of all the other Admirals. Very few characters in ONE PIECE have their names spelled using kanji.

Jinbeifan1on April 18, 2013 at 10:37 a.m.

@FoxxFireArt: *sighs* I need to take a Japanese language class XD

Also about Sanji, I think it's Oda's way of making it up to his own character for putting him in hell... literally XD

Petiewon April 18, 2013 at 1:40 p.m.

@FoxxFireArt: I dunno, I feel like Sanji has been turned into the permenant Buttmonkey of the group. I remember when he actually used to be cool, it's kind of sad.

The Stegmanon April 20, 2013 at 1:20 p.m.

@Petiew said:

@FoxxFireArt: I dunno, I feel like Sanji has been turned into the permenant Buttmonkey of the group. I remember when he actually used to be cool, it's kind of sad.

I agree.

Jinbeifan1on April 20, 2013 at 8:38 p.m.

@Petiew: aww dont say that, Sanji is still an awesome guy! At the moment he's making up for all that gay stuff that happened to him during the time skip :P and he still kicks ass, wadatsumi knows for sure haha

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