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ONE PIECE Ch. 752 Review

Finding extraordinary solutions to unique problems appears to be the theme of the week.

What was once a trap becomes a shortcut.
What was once a trap becomes a shortcut.

Doflamingo has Luffy cornered in what he hopes is a watery grave for the Straw Hat captain, but no one can hope to contain this wild pirate king for long. Across the city, Leo has a plan that's really thinking outside the box.

The Good

In a world that uses snails as phones, who would have thought I could still be amazed?
In a world that uses snails as phones, who would have thought I could still be amazed?

As a writer, you want to put your characters into situations so that your audience asks, "Now, how are they going to get out of this?". It's then your job to do your best to think up a solution that the audience isn't likely to have thought of yet. That's certainly tricky when the readers have a week to brainstorm between chapters.

Well, Oda really did a great job with this issue. One of my favorite solutions to a short cut has to be Leo's smart thinking on using the Tontatta's Beetles to air lift Robin and the gang across town in a matter of minutes. Not through flight, but by bounding across the rooftops through controlled falls to create an incredibly unique shortcut. Luffy's problem solving skills may not be as clever, but he more than makes up for that in style and flash.

I certainly called Kelly and Bobby Funk's collusion with Doflamingo. It was the only explanation of how Luffy and Law wound up in that trap. Sure, the subterfuge was a touch convoluted, but you can hardly say it didn't bring results. Doflamingo really had the boys in the perfect trap. That was until Abdullah and Jeet came to the rescue. The way this series can turn around characters never stops amazing me.

The Bad

The only real negative to come out of this chapter more appears to be a lack of focus. We go from one scene to the next with only the briefest glimpse at separate events across Dressrosa. Though better to see something than nothing at all. Seeing how this chapter closes, it looks as if we won't be seeing any follow through on any of them for a week or two.

Verdict 4/5

Leo informs the gang that ONE PIECE is on break next week.
Leo informs the gang that ONE PIECE is on break next week.

It's an over all great chapter to read that has some nice tension, surprises, and laughs. Basically just good entertainment. The issue lacks some direction near the end that I feel holds it back just a bit but nothing plot breaking. Some good news is that anticipated Law flashback looks to be on the horizon, and I'm effectively intrigued. Just too bad the series is on a one week break.

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Jinbeifan1on July 9, 2014 at 9:04 p.m.

Actually I think you misunderstood the chapter, which I'm sure a lot of people did as well because I misunderstood at first too. Doflamingo didn't work with Kelly Funk, he was doing it on his own because I believe he wanted their bounties or the money that Doffy was offering. But that's when Doffy stepped in himself and slashed the guy away. I thought 'why the hell would he do that?'. But then when he entered the cave he talked about 'saving' them. Which he did (at least he may think so since Luffy easily could have knocked the bullets away). Doffy was talking to Law because he wanted to see why he was causing all this trouble, and didn't know why he would oppose him. He even brought the key to the cuffs, most likely as a gesture for old times sake, and lastly to show that Luffy wasn't the right man to ally with. (but everyone comes to regret underestimating Luffy after all :P). That was the point, was that he just wanted to understand himself before the inevitable fight. It was actually quite a good look at Doffy's character, and I can truly say he's my favorite One Piece villain so far.

Destinyheroknighton July 10, 2014 at 6:26 p.m.

@Jinbeifan1:

Yeah, Doffy is the best villain in One Piece. Can't imagine Oda topping himself, feel sorry for the villains after this arc.

Any who, it seem Jimbei won't be saving Sanji and the crew from Big Mom. He'll be to busy going to Alabasta, I was hoping to see what is happening with them. Anyway, the Sea-kitten is cute

Luffy, why are you being dumb? This is the second time you face Doffy and didn't use Armament Haki. I hope Luffy is just hustling Doffy (but I doubt it, sigh). But I still enjoy the chapter

I was so sad that Moocy got hurt, I really do like him. Also, I notice that his horn magically getting fix and not fix. I wondering what Oda will say about that in the SBS

I really love how Law warn Doffy, not to underestimate Luffy. I can't wait to see his reaction when Luffy become serious

I loving how much Robin have open up, if this was the first half of One Piece. She wouldn't react to Leo's plan

Bartolomeo, have become one of my favorite characters from this arc. I kind of hoping he join the crew with Moocy :)

Finally, Law and Doffy's flashback and it in Doffy's point on view (yay!) I thinking the Doffy with the long spiky is Corazon, since Doffy's hair was never that spiky in the past and Doffy probably wouldn't be mad (he would be smiling)

And then I become sad, that One Piece is taking a break. Oh well, Oda do deserve the down time (I can wait)

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