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 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.
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.
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.
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?