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ONE PIECE Ch. 741 Review -- AV MOD Material

We interrupt this plot for our regularly scheduled flashback.

Took you long enough, Usopp.
Took you long enough, Usopp.

Usoland is nevermore! It's time for Usopp of the Straw Hats to finally take the stage. At least not this week....or possibly the week after.

The Good

Such trust isn't deserved but still admirable.
Such trust isn't deserved but still admirable.

What is there for me to really say about this chapter when honestly so little actually happens. It's been a while since I've seen that in ONE PIECE. While the outcome for Usopp was incredibly predictable, the best part was how his return to the battle came about. The Tontattas are such gullible people. They'll fall for pretty much anything, but Leo and the others defy their trusting nature in favor in their faith in Usopp.

Obviously that faith wasn't placed especially well initially, but you can't argue with the payoff. The part that I actually like and wasn't expecting was how Usopp completely owned up. He could have kept up the ruse of Usoland, but I'm really happy that he comes clean with them. Even if you aren't a hero. It doesn't mean you can't become one.

The Bad

The saddest part of this panel is the break announcement.
The saddest part of this panel is the break announcement.

I guess we all knew that it was going to happen at some point. It's flashback story time. I'd normally be alright with that -- providing it doesn't go on for too long, but the timing couldn't be worse. We finally get to the point of Usopp getting heroic, and it's preempted for the boy-hood tale of Kyros. What makes matters worse, I suspect that there is much more to come. All that momentum the series has been building comes to a grinding halt for what I'm assuming is the story of how Rebecca was born. If you feel the story needed to be told. It doesn't have to be "here".

Verdict 2/5

This was an amazingly unproductive chapter, and the fault for that is on the author and an ill-timed flashback. No real action to speak of, the comedy is next to none, and the best part of the events is arbitrarily cut off for something far less entertaining. Oda is normally much better at hitting the emotional heartstrings. I wondering how long Oda could keep up this streak for solid story week after week. I think I now have my answer. This long.

In all honesty, the best part of the entire edition this week is that awesome splash-page of the Straw Hat Army. I hope that can hold you out for a week. ONE PIECE will be on break. See you then, everyone.

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Juubion March 18, 2014 at 3:21 p.m.

OMG, dramatic flashback number "I'm not counting anymore because I don't ********* care".

Thanks to a very unfortunate incident, Usopp talking about heroism unlocked a flashback to people saying that Luffy isn't a hero when he was just talking about sharing meat. That's actually kind of fun, because he tries to share food with Rebecca this arc.

ImDictatorBowDownon March 19, 2014 at 4:21 p.m.

Ever since this arc started it seemed like Ussop regressed in character development since Enies Lobby, I hope this chapter means that Ussop permanently got rid of all his facades and is finally going to start working toward being the brave warrior he strives to be rather than just acting like he already is one.

Jinbeifan1on March 24, 2014 at 7:35 p.m.

@ImDictatorBowDown: I doubt it, I'm sure he's still gonna be totally afraid of everything unless he somehow pulls this win way out of his ass. It might give him more confidence I suppose, which is totally possible. But this flashback is gonna be so annoying

tximinomanon March 25, 2014 at 3:43 a.m.

@ImDictatorBowDown said:

Ever since this arc started it seemed like Ussop regressed in character development since Enies Lobby, I hope this chapter means that Ussop permanently got rid of all his facades and is finally going to start working toward being the brave warrior he strives to be rather than just acting like he already is one.

Even further than Ennies Lobby, back in Arabasta he fought like a man against mole-granny. It seems that Oda has forgotten how Ussop was supposed to be after the time skip.

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