If you thought things couldn't get any weirder than living toys having children with humans, ONE PIECEhas just brought the crazy sauce to spice things up a notch. BAM! Some criticize ONE PIECE for having the more cartoonish art direction of the Shonen Trilogy, but it's that style that allows Oda to get away with such zany character designs and powers. Poeple can accept that the devil fruits do the most bizarre things as a way of life. It nurtures the audience's suspension of disbelief, and it allowed the creator to truly craft his own world.
I would say that Nami has been having zero lucky in the New World. She spent half of the previous adventure trapped in another man's body. Now she's been warped into a living work of surrealist sculpture. It all harkens back to her fight with Kalifa. Here's hoping she figures a way out of this quickly. This could get annoying in large chunks.
I've been intrigued by Oda bringing Bellamy back into the mix, then I was shocked that I found myself cheering him on. I had pondered on what this was leading to, and now we know. It's all being developed in a drama of moral dilemma. He has every reason to accept this assassination job, but is he still the kind of man who would kill the person who cheered him on? A few months ago, I would have said there was no doubt, but now I'm not so sure.
The ever obnoxious Bartolomeo drops in and appears to suggest to Cavendish that his grudge with Luffy runs deep. Literally the first thing frantically running through my head was "Please, don't be Sabo. Please, don't be Sabo.". I doubt it'll go down that path, but now we're all left wondering who from Luffy's past this heel could be. I bet the uber fans are already combing through all 700+ backlog chapters trying to spot anyone who looks even remotely like this dude.
This chapter goes to reinforce that ONE PIECE has to be one of the better constructed worlds made of of random craziness ever to be conceived. How does a sober mind come up with such avant garde concepts each arc that connect so perfectly? Much like modern art, you'll only see craziness up close. Take a few steps back, and you'll start to see the full picture.
I'd be remiss to review this chapter and not touch on the color work. It's so rare that we ever get a full color chapter. In fact, this may be the first for the full issue. This was much better than we saw inNARUTO. More care was given to depth and shading. I wouldn't want this every week, but I liked it.