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ONE PIECE Ch. 749 Review

Oda leaves us with a visual feast before he goes off on medical leave.

Come on ride the bull. Hey, ride it. Moo, Moo!!
Come on ride the bull. Hey, ride it. Moo, Moo!!

It's a full scale charge up and over the giant, stone form of Pica. Nothing will stop Luffy's advance. No bull about it. Well, some bull.

The Good

Just keep moving forward. Zoro's got this covered.
Just keep moving forward. Zoro's got this covered.

With all the explosions and visual spectacles going on in this chapter, one might mistake this for a Michael Bay film. What makes this different is there's a plot, and Moocy the bull has more character development than Shia LaBeouf in all the TRANFORMERS movies combined. If the producers of the anime adaptation follow the manga, I'm betting they're in a bit of a cold sweat thinking about the man hours it's going to take to animate everything that's going on in this chapter alone.

Zoro was especially impressive in this issue. Not only is he his normal bad-ass self while challenging Pica. He was smart to tell the assortment of mercenaries to stop wasting strength on chipping away at parts of Pica that can just regenerate.

The depth of the mystery behind Doflamingo has been growing since late Punk Hazard. Ever since, we've been getting tidbits about his past. Once a Celestial Dragon turned pirate, lost his mother and murdered his father, he's viciously protective of his crew, but he apparently also killed his brother, who was a commander in his forces. Enough is enough, Oda. I'm interested in knowing more. I'm at least open to a flashback. Just as long as it does go on for too long.

The Bad

Nothing really bad to say about the chapter. The end certainly feels like a set up for a flashback story. That's a little disappointing given all the wild action we've been gorging ourselves on these past few weeks. However, I'm open to it.

If you're not reading ONE PIECE in this digital format, I really think you're missing out. There's just so much double page art. I adore owning the physical media versions, but that's going to cut off one of the best action moments of this chapter as it will be buried in the center, between the pages. Oda's been doing that quite a bit lately. I wonder if he's been mainly focusing on the digital version.

Verdict 4/5

Yet another solid chapter out of Oda this week. It really steals the show out from under the others in the Shonen Trilogy. This is a chapter for you, if you were starving for some action. It really often astounds me how the creator can fit so much in the space he's allowed each week.

ONE PIECE will be on a break for a few weeks while Oda goes in for surgery to have his tonsils removed. It was roughly around this time last year that Oda started having complications, and it turns out that he's been working through pain all this time. That certainly explains all the breaks the series has been having. It seems that he's finally going in to take care of the problem. I wish him a speedy recovery. ONE PIECE will return on June 23rd.

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zaldaron June 6, 2014 at 4:02 p.m.

Ride the bull....snigger...snigger...I'd feel bad except from reading these for so long I am almost positive both you and oda knew exactly what you were doing...

FoxxFireArt moderator is online on June 6, 2014 at 6:13 p.m.

@zaldar:

I'm pleased to see someone got that reference. I wasn't sure anyone would catch that one.

Destinyheroknighton June 6, 2014 at 9:18 p.m.

@zaldar:

Shoot, you beat me to it LOL!

Anyway, I really disappointed at Pica, I was hoping he didn't have a sword. I really want Oda to change up Zoro's fights, I'm tire of him just fighting swordsman. But I did love Pica pulling a huge sword from nowhere to murder Luffy and the gang LOL!

I really surprise that Jeet and Abdullah are coming with Luffy. I thought they was going to be background characters, but they did grow on me

Wow, I was going back and looking for things for the wiki and notice when Doffy was talking to Vergo about Law, he said "And after I took him in like a little brother". Doffy replace his real brother with Law, I guessing Corazon betray Doffy or something else. I don't think Doffy is putting on an act, I do believe care for his crew deeply, if he was he would have kill Giolla.

I really want to know Doffy's past, he is by far the best One Piece villain

I hope Oda get a lot of rest

zaldaron June 7, 2014 at 10:19 a.m.

@FoxxFireArt: Seriously....a sexual reference and you didn't think any of us would get it...come on! Anime watchers are not stereotyped as regressed youth for completely bull reasons.... (and I never underwent that drop in testosterone that is supposed to happen when you are 30 either..)

FoxxFireArt moderator is online on June 7, 2014 at 2:31 p.m.
@zaldar
Okay, I guess you didn't get the reference I made with that caption. It was a reference to the 1996 song "C'mon N' Ride It".
zaldaron June 7, 2014 at 11:38 p.m.

@FoxxFireArt: Ahhh you mean I do just have a really way to oversexed brain...sigh ah well...hate to say I never heard of the song...

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