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ONE PIECE Ch. 742 Review -- AV MOD Material

This wacky royal family makes the Windsors seem almost tame.

Kyros was a hero of the people who many adored and just as many reviled. The family he created for himself was destroyed byDoflamingo, and the first true step in the final revolt is in the hands of Usopp. Everything depends on his victory.

The Good

A valiant effort that fails in the best way possible.
A valiant effort that fails in the best way possible.

This chapter very well started out as a yawn. I had little interest in the story of Kyros and how Rebeccawas born, but it did start to impress me as we drifted away from the wacky origins of how this royal family unit was formed and started delving into the drama of how it all fell apart in Doflamingo's scheme. Originally, I thought Kyros lost his leg in his post transformation life. Imagine my surprise to discover he chopped the thing off himself as a man just to take a shot at the wicked feathered one. It's not soon after your heart has to bleed for him as he's holding his dying wife in his arms who's lost all memory of him.

The real saving point for me in this chapter was in the final moments. I knew the tension of everyone depending on Usopp in the end would have the reveal of his failure and capture. That's just sort of his lot in life, and he certainly looks as if he went down fighting hard. Yet pulling victory out of the jaws of defeat is a theme we always love out of our shonen heroes, right? How can you fault Oda from straying from the norm in his outcome? What makes this better is how unexpected it was. I swear to you. I was chuckling for a solid 30-40 seconds after that conclusion.

The Bad

I think this might be a slight overreaction.
I think this might be a slight overreaction.

The biggest complaint about this issue is focused on the flashback. It starts off in such a rushed way. It lacks some of the creator's normal depth. Though, I appreciate this getting over and done with in a swift manner. Rebecca's perspective on many of these events just felt far more tragic. So that dulls some the impact this time around. However, I see why Kyros' side needed to be told.

The second point of contention is its placement. This really doesn't feel like the time to be wondering back. It's almost ironic that this is probably one of his most ill-placed flashbacks since the Noland back story interrupted the finale of the Skypie Arc. I parse all of this by fully admitting that I don't know what would have been a better place for what I understand is an important piece of the puzzle for the narrative. It just doesn't feel as if it fits "here".

Doflamingo also seems to have improved on his villainous negotiating skills through the years. You don't ask an honorable warrior to side with you then immediately tell him that you're going to kill his wife and child regardless of who he sides with. It seems a bit counterproductive.

Verdict 4/5

I have to admit that I was very quickly losing interest in this chapter in the few opening pages. Things steadily improved as events were allowed to unfold. While I think the flash back lacked some of Oda's usual depth. At least it was over quickly enough. Still, what really saved this chapter from obscurity for me was that finale. It's been a while since a scene in a WSJ series has given me such a natural belly laugh. It makes it all well worth the time spent. Looks as if this war really kicks into high gear next week. Look forward to it.

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dtolsonon April 1, 2014 at 12:26 p.m.

All i have to say is that face

Destinyheroknighton April 1, 2014 at 3:29 p.m.

I really enjoy the flashback, I don't see it being boring and it was just seventeen pages (it was short), unlike Noland flashback that take an couple of chapters. I can't really see any other place to put it and I feel it does make sense to put it there. Since Sugar got KO and everyone will return to normal after the chapter (I hope), it just giving more meaning to the upcoming fight with Doflamingo. Here hoping it will be a two on one fight or Luffy will fight Fujitora.

I love the twist with Usopp, he knew he didn't have a ghost of an chance at beating those monsters. Glad he didn't get a power-up by eating magic wind :/

I feel so sorry for Franky, he have to face four powerful opponents and a small army. Hope, Robin come to his rescue

I love this line, I feel for both Rebecca and Kyros

I still wondering what Doflamingo was thinking, he not going to make any new friends LOL!

Anyway, I really enjoy this chapter and I believe this is the best side character flashback in One Piece. I can't wait until next week

tximinomanon April 1, 2014 at 4:13 p.m.

I didn't understood the end.

Juubion April 1, 2014 at 6:29 p.m.

The art style of the last page remind me of Sergio Aragones, surrealism and Looney Tunes all at once. It's a blast of the past, really.

I'm not surprised. Oda don't knows how to write romance, and Boa Hancock is way of him parodying his own lack of ability. That's because the flashback was so rushed.

But I confess that I was really affected by Scarlett's death, and all the fridge logic that all it entails. When Candy's curse finally breaks, how many more will cry for the ones that they had forgotten and were destroyed in the scrap heap?

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