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AV MOD MATERIAL: ONE PIECE Ch. 720 Review

Just in case you forgot why Luffy is in this tournament.

You're a mean one, Mr. Blackbeard. You really are a heel.
You're a mean one, Mr. Blackbeard. You really are a heel.

The stakes are getting higher for Luffy as he discovers what Blackbeard has planned for Ace's Flame-Flame Fruit powers.

The Good

Is Rebecca the best candidate for the Flame-Flame Fruit?
Is Rebecca the best candidate for the Flame-Flame Fruit?

What will be the ultimate outcome of this latest arc? This is the first step on the path of taking downKaido, but what of Luffy's more personal quest? Let's just say for now that Oda doesn't pull the rug out from under us, and Luffy wins this tournament to claim the Flame-Flame Fruit. What does he then do with it? Destroying it will just cause it to regrow and continue this cycle. It has to go to someone. Knowing Luffy, he's going to give it to the person he respects. That would mean strength, and a desire to protect others.

I'm starting to think Rebecca is looking to become the best candidate for that. We already know of two subplots revolving around her, and she's been given so much screen time. She even got a second title introduction for just taking off her helmet. I can almost see the moment where Luffy repays her for this meal by giving her something special to eat.

I really feel like a fool now. Here I was thinking Jesus Burgess just wanted the Flame-Flame Fruit for Blackbeard. I never even considered he'd be the one to eat the fruit. Blackbeard's plan to put Ace's power under his command is deliciously wicked. Talk about insult to injury. These kind of stakes are what justifies Luffy's involvement in the tournament.

The Bad

Boa Hancock and this guy should form a club.
Boa Hancock and this guy should form a club.

Once more, I was feeling a cold chill that Bartolomeo was going to be revealed as Sabo. It was seeing how angry he got at listening to the local thugs mock Luffy and mentioning Ace's death. Thank goodness he's revealed to just be a Straw Hat uber-fan from way back. My relief more than made up for his sycophantic/psychotic ramblings.

Verdict 4/5

This chapter pretty much exists to be a reaffirmation as to why Luffy being in this tournament is important to the character. It's helps to give a level of personal risk. More so since the rest of the crew are in all sorts of trouble while on the task that brought them to Dressrosato begin with. It should be interesting to see how Rebecca fights in the coming preliminaries. I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm rooting for her. Then I want Monet to return so they can battle. Snow swordswoman vs. Flame swordswoman! He, he.

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

Destinyheroknighton Sept. 12, 2013 at 4:19 p.m.

Why did people think Bartolomeo was Sabo? They look or act nothing alike, if that did happen I would be so mad

I did find it funny that Bartolomeo is a huge Straw Hat Fanboy (I would never guess it), also that goes my theory of Caribou and Bartolomeo working for the same guy

I love the Don Chin Jao part, it seem Luffy is going to build a mighty army for the final war arc (going to be awesome)

Blackbeard seem to have grow a mighty beard now, I can't wait to see him.

I love how Luffy grow more mature, if this was pre time skip he would have punch Burgess in the face

Also, wondering what Kuzan doing with Blackbeard (don't seem like a path of justice)

Feel like Rebecca going to have a flashback, wonder how long it going to be

Anyway, I did love this chapter can't wait for next weeks

FoxxFireArt moderator is online on Sept. 12, 2013 at 5:22 p.m.

@Destinyheroknight

The Sabo thing comes from Bartholomeo talking about his past with Luffy. Don't forget the dramatic change Coby had in this series.

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