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AV MOD MATERIAL: ONE PIECE Ch. 708 Review

The sins of the grandfather have been passed down upon Luffy.

I wonder if he has to shampoo and condition that beard daily?
I wonder if he has to shampoo and condition that beard daily?

Luffy clings to his secret identity for all it's worth as he faces off against one of his grandfather's bitter rivals, and inside the ring,Bartolomeo has a surprise to show everyone after he drops his pants.

The Good

You know something is wrong when Luffy is the rational one in an argument.
You know something is wrong when Luffy is the rational one in an argument.

The analogy of pro-wrestling only continues with the latest ONE PIECE. This is like those bitter rivalries that we would see explode back stage. A camera and lighting crew just happened to be set up nearby to catch it all on film. The difference here is that there's also a match going on inside the ring at the same time. The only thing I'm left wondering is what did Garp do to Don Chin Jao to get him so enraged, and what did Don Chin Jao do to deserve it? Garp isn't the kind of guy who gets truly vicious on someone for no good reason. This is a match that will have to be settled later in the ring.

Damn, that was vicious!
Damn, that was vicious!

Bellamy may have made the turn from the dark side, but he hasn't lost any sense of brutality. That move he used to take out Abdullah and Jeet is absolutely cringe-worthy. It's a tricky thing to redeem a former villain. The difficulty is in the motivations seeming organic and prevent them from becoming soft. Manga seems to pull this off better than in comics. When Jason Todd was revived as Red Hood, he was interesting becasue he would cross the "do-not-kill" line that Batman never would. However, once he became popular and got his own series. He was suddenly shooting people in the hands and feet. He's now just another Batman-clone who hurts people marginally more.

The Bad

Other than things lingering a bit too much on Don Chin Jao's misplaced revenge, I can't say there was much bad about the chapter. The pee joke is a bit irksome, but it's still better placed than the recent one in NARUTO. Bartolomeo is suppose to be a scumbag. He exists for the purpose of being irritating. That's what will make his later defeat feel more satisfying. I just hope it's soon.

Verdict 4/5

You have to hand it to Luffy for trying to hang onto his secret identity with such tenacity. I had expected him to just give up after he was caught and dealt with the consequences. He's really sticking to the whole Lucy bit. For as irritating as Bartolomeo can be. His defeat of Hack caught my attention. Is this another devil fruit, or has he found some new application of Armament Haki? It was a good chapter that made me laugh and raised some interesting questions. Certainly better upon a second read.

I get the feeling that it could be fun to go through the blocks of fighters and try to pick our winners, Final Four style. Who do you think will come out on top in each of the blocks?

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

tximinomanon May 15, 2013 at 3:16 p.m.

I have the feeling that Bellamy might be the next member of the Straw Hats.

Jinbeifan1on May 15, 2013 at 5:18 p.m.

it was funny how in the recent chapter Luffy was actually cheering for bellamy 0_o lol

FoxxFireArt moderator on May 18, 2013 at 9:58 p.m.

@tximinoman:

It's gotten to the point where people say that about ever new character that appears in the series.

tximinomanon May 19, 2013 at 3:04 a.m.

@FoxxFireArt: Yeah, I know, and I hate the "he could be the next crew member!!!" thing but I don't see Bellamy staying on Doflamingo's side for too long, because... well, after this arc "Doflamingo's side" won't exist.

But maybe he's too brutal for Strawhats and he joins Trafalgar Law's crew after this.

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