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ONE PIECE Ch. 769 Review

The phrase 'be careful what you wish for' has very rarely come back to bite me as exactly as it does here.

I never imagined the day would come that I wouldn't be enjoying this moment.
I never imagined the day would come that I wouldn't be enjoying this moment.

Trafalgar Law has resolved himself to personally settle the score with Doflamingo at the risk of a certain victory by other means. Meanwhile,Bellamy has decided to show his own resolve to be a fool.

The Good

A battle of Warlords!
A battle of Warlords!

It's a good thing that the battle between Doflamingo and Trafalgar takes up most of the time of this chapter, because the latter third is sort of a disappointment. The clash of these two Warlords is on a scale that is appropriate to their positions. There's some give and take on both ends in both brutality and wit. Law gives just about as good as he gets, and I like that he doesn't fall for Doflamingo's obvious guilt trip over the past.

What's shocking in this chapter is how graphic the violence has become. The scene of Law screaming with a dismembered arm is almost unnerving. At least it would be, if we didn't know he could reattach it with relative ease. Oda has just normally shied away from intense blood for scenes not set in the past. This is something I'd more expect to see in BLEACH than in ONE PIECE.

The Bad

Resolve that lacks reason is just idiocy.
Resolve that lacks reason is just idiocy.

You know what's pretty surprising. Back when Bellamy first appeared in this arc, I had been anticipating almost this very moment with an almost sadistic joy. I wanted to see the former anti-pirate trying so hard to prove his growth. Only to get crushed once more by Luffy. However, now that Oda has pulled yet another impressive redemption, I'm now bothered to see a former hope transform into a disappointment.

The biggest problem is that Bellamy lacks any rational motivation, apart of willful ignorance. He knows full well that his actions don't make any sense and says as much. He boasts about how his power has improved, but does the creator think the audience has also forgotten that he also has one foot in the grave as it is? He doesn't stand even a remote chance to win against Luffy.

Verdict 2/5

I would have been thoroughly disappointed if this chapter had solely focused on the Luffy and Bellamy scene. I instead enjoyed Law and Doflamingo's fight and dialog. It's just too bad that it was soured at the end by Bellamy trying to prove what a fool he is to a man who doesn't even care if he lives or dies. I guess in one way this does leave the reader with a sense of tension. With Bellamy on the verge of death, will Luffy be able to throw a punch this time? The very question Luffy answered way back on Jaya. Can he throw a punch that would mean almost certain death?

Any closure on this moment may have to wait. ONE PIECE appears to be on break next week.

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Destinyheroknighton Dec. 5, 2014 at 10:27 a.m.

The cutting off Law's arm was surprising and the Doffy's speech was awesome.

So I forgive you for it!!! The same way I forgave my father and brother with Death!!!

Doffy is my favorite shonen villain now.

I do like Bellamy didn't turn face, because he feel betray by Doffy. Like he said, it is his fault for picking the wrong side and he to prideful to go against Doffy.

Anyway, I like this chapter. But it was very simple

I wondering what research Oda doing for his break, anyway I can't wait for the next chapter

tximinomanon Dec. 10, 2014 at 2:44 a.m.

I do understand Bellamy (kind of)

It reminds me (again, kind of) to the guy they met back in Sanji's restaurant (can't remember his name it was something with G I believe)

What I don't get is why Luffy don't just uses conquerors haki on him. I'm pretty sure he could knock him out that way at this point.

Dekkenon Dec. 15, 2014 at 9:21 a.m.

@tximinoman: Are you referring to Gin?

About Bellamy, one theory I've heard is that, because of his determination to stick to his principles and how he has progressed since the last time Luffy met him, now he is not weak enough to knock him out, however considering how injuried he is, it should be easy to do so.

tximinomanon Dec. 17, 2014 at 11:59 p.m.

@Dekken said:

@tximinoman: Are you referring to Gin?

About Bellamy, one theory I've heard is that, because of his determination to stick to his principles and how he has progressed since the last time Luffy met him, now he is not weak enough to knock him out, however considering how injuried he is, it should be easy to do so.

yeah, I was referring to him. Gin knew deep down his captain was wrong but kept fighting against the people who feed him because he was loyal to him. It's kind of the same thing as with Bellamy (although Gin was appreciated by his own Captain, not like Bellamy)

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