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AV MOD MATERIAL: ONE PIECE Ch. 723 Review

The birthright citizenship of the Celestial Dragons apparently has its limitations.

For a guy in his 40's, Don Quixote has some great abs.
For a guy in his 40's, Don Quixote has some great abs.

The crew is under the threat of the Don Quixote Family across Dressrosa, and Doflamingo's manipulation is starting to come to full light. In trying to save the Sunny, Sanji may have rushed into a fight that's over his curly-brows.

The Good

Story time with Doflamingo sounds both interesting and scary.
Story time with Doflamingo sounds both interesting and scary.

So much was occurring in this chapter that it seems to be next to impossible to really go into it the positive aspects without this turning into a chapter summary. I'd like to avoid that, so I'll try and focus on what caught my attention. That's in the status of our villain, Don Quixote Doflamingo.

It's been revealed that Doflamingo was a member of the Celestial Dragons. Although, how does one go about losing a status that you're born into? We've seen those world nobles commit some incredibly heinous acts in full view of citizens. What could he have possibly done -- or not done -- to lose this dubious privilege?

The ONE PIECE CH. 0, which VIZ recently officially published, shows Doflamingo as a solo act as far back as twenty-four years ago. I can't imagine that he would have lefts on his own, then ask for their help now. This feathered-fiend has been shown to be willing to do some incredibly wicked things. Could it be that he actually did something that was so terrible even the World Government couldn't turn a blind eye or cover up? Perhaps he just couldn't live up to their dress code. The possibilities are both endless and terrifying.

The Bad

With the exception of a rather odd introduction of a new character, there's nothing really bad with the chapter. Oh yeah, there was a complete and utter lack of Nico Robin scenes. That's more a matter of preference.

Verdicts 5/5

Oda really has started to perfect his story telling skills. All the B-stories from earlier in the arc have started to slowly weave together. The pace is also drastically improved since we haven't had a break in publication for a while. It's hard to imagine how one could go through this chapter and not find something to grab their attention. For myself, it was Doflamingo's history. What was your favorite part?

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Petiewon Oct. 10, 2013 at 6:05 a.m.

Even if it was ultimately pointless, Sanji jumping in to save his friends rather than just for Nami's sake was the highlight of the chapter for me.

It'd be nice for Oda to redeem his character.

evilvegeta74on Oct. 14, 2013 at 7:17 p.m.

Love OnePiece! Good review.

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