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ONE PIECE Ch. 740 Review -- AV MOD Material

And they say that a hero could save us... but all we have is Usopp.

Sure you can run from danger,...but you'll never be able to run away from yourself.
Sure you can run from danger,...but you'll never be able to run away from yourself.

Victory can be won or lost at times by the strength and courage of a single person, and the plan of the Riku Army is dependent on just risk. Unfortunately, Usopp is now that man.

The Good

And the hero returns to the story.
And the hero returns to the story.

This chapter of ONE PIECE has a little bit of everything you'd want in shonen-action. There's action, a display of powers and some rather laugh worthy comedy. Yet, why do I feel as if everything has just stopped in its place? Look at Luffy's position. He's just outside the room where Doflamingo, Trafalgar, andKing Riku are within. Don't you expect him to be busting in there? If I wasn't already aware just how deadly Doflamingo can be, I'd certainly be confused. I wonder how long Viola and Kyros can keep a leash on him?

Yes, Usopp's behavior is deplorable -- and I'll get to that, but do we really want every shonen hero to be a gung-ho, run into battle type all the time? I'm not going to fault Oda for making such a unique hero. He's always stood tall when he's really needed. The strength of Oda's story is that his cast are entertaining in vastly different ways. Luffy is the main protagonist, and he hasn't appeared in a week or so. However, I haven't really missed him, and the series hasn't lacked. Not many stories can accomplish that easily.

The Bad

You may be in for a wait, Robin.
You may be in for a wait, Robin.

Back when I originally heard the series was going to be having a two year time skip, I was apprehensive on a few levels. Classically a hero comes out of time skips with a more mellowed out personality. I was scared that's what Oda had planned, because I wasn't sure that this series would have the same feel with a more matured Luffy. Thankfully, that's not what he did with any of his crew. In most cases, it was a good thing, but there are some areas that could have used a bit more improvement. Namely in the department of Usopp.

I would be profoundly more irritated with Usopp's behavior if as the audience we know that he has completely forgotten Robin existed. This seems a bit risky on Oda's part. What if his younger audience doesn't quite understand the memory effect of Sugar's power? It would be one thing to run out on a bunch of strangers, and a completely different matter if he was running out on one of his crew.

Verdict 3/5

This is a competent edition that I was completely entertained reading. We've just been put into an unexpected holding pattern for Usopp. What makes the "hurry up and wait" mentality of this chapter frustrating is that we all know how this is going to turn out. In fact, it was obvious what was going to happen the moment we heard the plan was to scare Sugar to pass out, and the weapon was something that would be easily launched in a sling shot. Usopp is obviously going to stand up to this fight. It's just a matter of how long it will take.

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bigz007on March 11, 2014 at 12:52 p.m.

Even Obito understands that abandoning your friends make you worse than a scum... so for Usopp to abandon his post this way is just too much for me. I know, he doesn't remember Robin now, and probably every thing about his bravery in Water Seven/Enies Lobby including Sogeking, but he was like this even before Robin turned into a doll. He was an extraordinary coward from the very beginning of this arc.

Even if Robin isn't a part of his memory, he still know that Franky is busting his ass of for this mission and he knows that this is important for the rest of the crew.

I wouldn't be too afraid that younger audience won't understand that Usopp is flipping right now because he forgot about Robin, mainly because anime will definitely do a good job with flashbacks here to explain that part a bit better.

I just hope Oda is doing something great here with Usopp and his character development, I would hate to see the same struggle in every single arc.

Destinyheroknighton March 11, 2014 at 6:58 p.m.

@bigz007:

Usopp have always been an extraordinary coward at the beginning of a lot of arcs, I think Oda will turn it down in the next arcs (like what he did with Sanji). Also Usopp is kind of acting like a real person, would face a person who can easily throw ships at you?

Actually, he was beginning to step up in the last chapter and he was rooting for Robin before she was turn into a toy (instead of saying "let's go"). I believe he was going to do something before Robin was turn into a toy. With the Franky thing, he probably don't see him as an crew member anymore, since Robin was heavily involved with Franky joining the crew. In this chapter, Franky call Usopp "Usoland" in his mind, meaning Franky have forgotten some key moments. Man, Sugar's power are deadly.

Anyway, if the theory isn't right I will be really disappointed with Oda and Usopp, but I haven't lose faith with Oda yet. It will take a lot for me to lose faith in One Piece

I can forgive the Usopp thing, but I really wish Nami and Robin would fight more. I was more disappointed at Robin turning into a toy then Usopp being a chicken :)

Like the other parts of the chapter, I was laughing when I saw Kinemon dress as Don Quixote Doflaemon

Here hopping for Usopp to do something awesome in the next chapter. Can't wait until next week

jj_jacksonon March 11, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

THIS SEEMS LIKE THE PERFECT MOMENT FOR SOGEKING.... i hope im right otherwise ussop u coward ugh hurry and redeem yourself!!

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