My biggest issue with the Dressrosa Arc is how Luffy's been mostly separated from the plot in his own B Story. The wrestling inspired rumble is entertaining for the most part. It's just so removed from the purpose that originally brought the crew to Dressrosa, and that's been one of the more intriguing issues. Now, here's what I find interesting about this twist. Normally in a ONE PIECE arc the crew gets mixed up in some events that's out of their hands, and it's up to Luffy to reappear to save the day at some point. This time, the crew came looking for a fight, and it's the gang that's going to be converging on Luffy's position, given that the SMILE factory is located under the coliseum. What started as a tournament is looking to become a giant four way brawl. It's the Straw Hats, Don Quixote Family, Navy, and the Tontattas.
Oda has made a habit of showcasing some wild Grand Line islands with each new arc, but he gave the audience a double scoop of crazy this time. First it was the living toys. Secondly came what I could only describe as the manga equivalent of the Smurfs. We're still getting to know the Tontattas, and I'm finding them incredibly endearing. Oda has finally dropped the bomb on the toy-people. Seems Doflamingobrought in some devil fruit user to change much of the population into toys, but to what end?
What was one of the best aspects of last week has taken a dramatic drop given Don Chin Jao's massive mood swings. One moment he's all power bad-ass, and now he's just balling his eyes out over some lost treasure from decades past. This just left me with a question. Is there anyone Don Chin Jao doesn't have a grudge against? He's starting to get on my nerves. I'm talking Obito-whining-about-Rin-level annoyed.
I'm glad we've finally had the fog cleared a touch on the issue of the toys on Dressrosa. It sure is bizarre, but I also found the concept rather tragic. I certainly sympathize with their plight. I'm just confused. Doflamingo often reminds me of the Joker -- Nolan's version. What seems random has a darker purpose, but a purpose non the less. I'm just left scratching my head why he's gone through the trouble making people into toys and adding rather arcane laws of behavior on top of it. Knowing Oda, we'll get an answer eventually.
It's time for the Obon Festival in Japan, and that means WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP goes into the Summer break period. There will be noONE PIECE chapter next week, so that means no review. We'll be back on August 26th.