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ONE PIECE Ch. 766 Review

Of all the islands, in all the seas, in all the world, he walked onto Minion Island.

This could be bad.
This could be bad.

Trafalgar Law may have the powers of a devil fruit, but he doesn't have the time to learn how to use it. If he wants to save Rocinante in time, he's going to need someone's help, but there is no one to be trusted on Minion Island.

The Good

To have the power to save someone you care about but not understand how.
To have the power to save someone you care about but not understand how.

One of the touches that I really admire about Oda is in his willingness to showing people, heroes or villains, being clumsy with newly acquired power. He's displayed this when Luffy had to train his power as a kid to get a handle on it, Sabo was fumbling, and who doesn't remember the hilarity that came out of Kaku's giraffe power? Oda continues that tradition with Trafalgar in this chapter. Law has the fruit and thus has the ability to save Rocinante. That makes it all the more tragic that he doesn't know how to use it.

Far too often, shonen series will just hand a character new power, and they have a handle on every aspect without fail. Even some of the best series gets away with that troupe. Making mistakes is a particular touch that I feel really grounds what is easily the bizarre array of abilities that can be granted by the Devil Fruit. He takes what could easily be summed up as magical and makes them real-ish. It would be nice if more authors took this under consideration, but not many are willing to allow their heroes to appear anything less than heroic all the time.

The Bad

Uh, whoops.
Uh, whoops.

Under normal circumstances, I might find Vergo's appearance on the island a bit too coincidental. However, isn't that part of writing fictional drama, putting characters in a certain place all at the same time? I also think Oda earns this with the situation that was created. This certain would explain how Doflamingo heard about this deal for the Op-Op Fruit.

Verdict 4/5

Oda bids NARUTO a farewell.
Oda bids NARUTO a farewell.

It's not a perfect chapter, but it certainly doesn't have much in the way of flaws either. The pacing is good, it builds the drama, a good turn part way, and the emotions feel genuine. I came into this flashback arc completely confused how Oda was gong to redeem the child beating Corazon. Well, he's certainly pulled that off. It's one of the writer's better qualities. Even though this isn't my favorite flashback story, I'm still enjoying the events much more than I thought going in.

I now understand Law's admiration for Corazon, and his absolutely brutal treatment of Vergo on Punk Hazard all starts to make sense. It also wouldn't surprise me in the least if Trafalgar took inspiration from Cora's use of the Calm-Calm Fruit for his Room ability.

Aside from the review of this particular chapter. I'd feel bad if I didn't acknowledge the cameo Oda gaveNaruto in the opening splash page. This isn't the first time the ONE PIECE creator has used his opening page to acknowledge certain landmarks in publishing. ONE PIECE Ch. 519's opening was colored red, grey in the volume edition. This was to mark his series passing the final chapter for DRAGON BALL.

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tximinomanon Nov. 15, 2014 at 8:27 a.m.

I'm so tired of this flashback...

I've never cared about Law that much, sure he has a cool design and everything but I don't really care about his life (and I care even less about Doflamingo's brother's life). I much rather like seeing how he and Luffy beat Doflamingo, you know, see the arc progress a bit and all that good stuff storytellers do.

Between this, and Naruto (RIP) and Bleach's war arcs I have the feeling I've been reading the same three issues for about two years now.

Destinyheroknighton Nov. 15, 2014 at 9:49 a.m.

@tximinoman:

This have been going for five chapters and Oda gone on three breaks, and it be over in two weeks or so. They are weekly series, it slow because you not reading all of it at once. (This flashback isn't Noland)

Also we getting to know Law and Doffy better as characters and we also got world building to boot, I for one don't care about the fighting. Oda really making Doffy very interesting villain, then his usual villains.

Any who, I really enjoy this chapter. I like that we get to see a younger version of Tsuru. But I was a little disappointed, that Corazon didn't eat the fruit. I really want to see what happens someone who eat more then one devil fruit.

I wonder why Corazon didn't tell Sengoku about Doffy's plans on the Transponder Snail, that would have save a lot of lives in Dressrosa. Then again, we wouldn't have a story LOL!

I do like how Law wasn't able to figure out his powers right away, that always bug when the hero or villain able to master there new power right away

Man, Corazon and Law are very unlucky. But now, where I go back and read Punk Hazard, it be satisfying to see Law beating Mr.Vergo.

Another interesting thing is Sugar and Monet isn't part of the family yet. I wonder if Monet already in Dressrosa

I like that (creepy) smile at the end

I really enjoy this chapter, this flashback is next to Robin's

tximinomanon Nov. 18, 2014 at 11:34 p.m.

@Destinyheroknight said:

@tximinoman:

This have been going for five chapters and Oda gone on three breaks, and it be over in two weeks or so. They are weekly series, it slow because you not reading all of it at once. (This flashback isn't Noland)

Also we getting to know Law and Doffy better as characters and we also got world building to boot, I for one don't care about the fighting. Oda really making Doffy very interesting villain, then his usual villains.

Even if this flashback has only been on for two weeks or so this arc has been really slow. This is the second time we've had a flashback (the first one was the one about the gladiator and his daughter) and we had the tournament, which I'll admit it was great but it only drag everything (not to mention that getting to Doflamingo took them way too long).

And about the flashback... I don't really need to know Doffys backstory. He's a villain and he's bad, I don't need to know why. They could just have said "He was a celestial dragon and murdered his dad because he's evil and insane" or something like that and that would be enough explanation. I don't need to know about his brother or what was his brother's relationship with Law. I wouldn't mind this flashback if it was the first flashback in the whole arc or if it was placed in the aftermath, but dragging everything by telling this right now, when Law and Luffy finally have found Doffy and are about to fight him, only makes me mad and care even less about Law's backstory.

But that's my opinion I guess. I know many people really like these things and are enjoying this flashback.

Destinyheroknighton Nov. 19, 2014 at 2:23 p.m.

@tximinoman:

I somewhat agree with you about the arc, but I see that problem will be fix with the volumes. Alabasta and Enies Lobby arcs, probably was an chore to read week by week (with breaks throw in).

I found that a little boring, a lot of One Piece villains are like that. I want Doffy to stand out from the rest.

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