ONE PIECE Ch. 679: G-5's Determination
Law, Luffy, Smoker, and the rest of the Straw Hats and company have escaped what could have been certain death from Caesar Clown's poisonous gas that has surrounded the island. However, they are now trapped in the lab of the very man who created it, and there is no telling how many more tricks this villain has. Everyone must put their differences aside in order to get through the last gate and escape the deadly gas known as Shi-no-Kuni, but not everyone makes it out.
I really love the potential that this arc is building to. Just wishing it would hurry up and get there already. Luffy may not hate Smoker, but Smoker hates all pirates. Now, they have to work together once more. Sworn enemies turned allies against a greater evil is a classic premise. I can't wait for the powers to start colliding. Most of this chapter is just a mad dash to escape through the final gate to safety, but it still manages to get me anticipating the coming events. That includes the ultimate fate of the mini-dragon of Vegapunk. They just left the pour thing behind.
Looks as if I may be right about the enigmatic Monet. It appears she's been Law's inside-man (bird-lady) this whole time. She has seemingly been helping Law from the shadows by replacing his chains with regular iron and slipping Chopper all the information he needs to save the children. The plus side of her being a good guy is possible future appearances past this arc. It's hard to explain, but there's something about her that draws me in.
This chapter must have the biggest disappointment I've had in ONE PIECE for some time, and it all revolves around Tashigi and Zoro's reunion. Last time they saw each other was way back inAlabasta, and she's always brought out such an adorable side to the otherwise gruff swordsman. Here, they basically clash swords for a second, exchange quips, and that's it. Though, it's probably my own fault for coming at this with any sort of expectation.
While we're on the topic, I have to say that I'm sick of Tashigi always having to be rescued and never standing on her own two feet. If she's suppose to be this skilled sword fighter. I'd sure as hell love to see some proof of that. Not that I can't respect the determination of the G-5 Marine unit that sacrificed themselves to get her to safety.
Chapter 679 may be another in a series of build ups to action we've been seeing for a few weeks, but I still have a lot of faith in what Oda has set up for the title card fights for this arc. Luffy's naturally going after Caesar, Smoker seriously wants a piece of the traitor Vergo, but who is everyone else up against? We have so many fighters but not enough opponents to go around. Despite my reservations, it's still a fun read, and I'm certainly looking forward to the next chapter.