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ONE PIECE Ch. 747 Review

It shouldn't surprise anyone that a guy who looks like this might be overcompensating for something.

Everyone has picked a side, and the forces are now engaged in the war for the fate of Dressrosa. Two loses won't shake Doflamingo's resolve. Not when he has a monster such as Pica on his side. Just try not to chuckle when he talks.

The Good

It was fairly obvious that the mystique behind Pica had to be hiding something. He's remained silent and absent for nearly this entire arc. I can't say I'm all that shocked that it was hiding his high-pitch voice. That's a classic gag for large dudes covered in muscles. Although cliche, Oda plays it off to great effects, and it really pays off when Luffy reacts to it with his usual level of tact.

In turn, he takes a huge leap away from another story cliche. Rather than keep hope alive of invading the SMILE Factory, Doflamingo has decided to just destroy the only keys needed to enter past it's impenetrable walls. Finally, an antagonist who doesn't seem to suffer from needless arrogance or just blind stupidity.

Despite my better judgement, I'm finding myself fascinated with the character depth of Doflamingo. I was already interested in knowing how he lost the title of Celestial Dragon. In this chapter, he makes a rather harsh distinction between his parents. He "lost" his mother then "killed" his father a few years later. Don't be surprised if the loss of his mother is what inspired him to later kill. For as ruthless as he can be, there's something sympathetic buried in there. Don't yell at me, but I sort of want a flashback to dig up what I'm certain is a dark past.

The Bad

The bit about having a squeaky voice is very hard to pull off in a manga format. I just don't think you can really understand what the creator is going for. That does allow the reader to sort of fill in the blank, which could very well be funnier than say what's ultimately selected in the anime version. However, I do applaud the use of a unique text for his dialog to really make his "voice" stand out from others.

Verdict 5/5

Oda is getting high marks with me for nailing out seriously solid chapters week after week. Two weeks in a row, we're getting chapters that really feed the hunger of various types of readers. It has plot, back story, some action, and ends it all up with solid laugh and a desire to see what happens next. I'm sort of on the fence with the voice joke, but the best effort was made in what's likely a tough situation.

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zaldaron May 20, 2014 at 4:28 p.m.

Man - the antagonist that has brains to actually destroy the keys rather than assume they can't beat him...that almost makes me want to read this except for the length and the fact I didn't enjoy the first few episodes of the anime I watched..just to silly for my taste. Glad he got away from that cliche though. Wish more people would...the narrating evil dude got old in the original Bond movies....

Destinyheroknighton May 20, 2014 at 7:17 p.m.

I really digging Fujitora struggling with his beliefs. He is a great character, can't wait to see what he will do in the future

I imagine Pica voice to be like the Mickey Mouse voice from South Park

I really loving Doffy as a villain, he really different from other Shonen villains. I do like how he cares for his family and I can really see why Bellamy want to be part of Doffy's family

Doffy have a good idea of destroying the keys

I love the last page, have a feeling Don Chinjao will be the one that take on Pica

Dekkenon May 20, 2014 at 10:06 p.m.

I'm really looking forward to watching this in the anime, I wonder which seiyuu is going to voice Pica.

takashichea moderator on May 21, 2014 at 9:18 p.m.

@Destinyheroknight:

I did not know the manga was still at the Dressrosa arc. I just did a marathon on the anime and finally caught up to the anime after a year or so, Anime Marathon 2013-2014: Toriko and One Piece. That explains why the anime is going really slow.

Destinyheroknighton May 21, 2014 at 9:34 p.m.

@takashichea:

Yeah, it been here for awhile. It pretty much the Alabasta Arc for the New World

The reason it so long is because Doffy is a major villain and their are a lot of twists in this arc. But I think it will end soon, I feel the end fight is coming up

takashichea moderator on May 21, 2014 at 10:08 p.m.

@Destinyheroknight:

I see then. Mermaid Island arc was pretty long for me, but it was pretty enjoyable.

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