Well, I guess I was only half-right last time. As predicted, Law did pull a “gypsy switch” on Caesar; tricking him into thinking he had Smoker’s heart in his grubby clutches when it was actually somebody else’s all along. I proposed that it was Caesar’s own heart - - which would’ve made his dirty trick rather hilariously self-defeating - - but we find out here that it, in fact, belongs to Monet.
The punch-line ends up being more tragic than darkly humorous… so I still prefer my idea.
The flashback revealing the steps that brought us to this specific twist is also rather mind-bendingly convoluted. It very much seems like Oda came up with this gag late in the game and deemed it so cool that he just had to wedge it into the still-fresh backstory, by any means available. And that seems quite likely for a strip that’s being produced weekly, at 20 pages an installment.
Bear in mind, this is an arc that’s been going on for a solid year but - - according to the programming chart - - it still has an hour of screen time left in its denouement. By the look of one episode title, we’ll probably have an entire segment devoted to samurai poppa and samurai sonny hugging it out. Phew...
Speaking to the positives of padding, Franky’s scuffle with Doflamingo’s goons continues to amuse the hell out of me. Push another bead forward in the “Sub vs. Dub” abacus, but it honestly comes down to the delivery of the voice actors. I obviously don’t get whatever wordplay lies in Buffalo’s little verbal tick, but his sing-song cadence is just so manically stupid, I can’t help but smile. Ditto for Franky’s ever-ascending speech style and his ever-insistent rolling of R’s.
Lastly, while my battle fatigue is getting to a point that I’m just dying for “Punk Hazard” to be done with so I can finally take a break from this show, I’d be lying if I said Doflamingo’s menacing cliffhanger wasn’t hooking me to see what happens next with that boa-ed creep.
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