I have to say that I was pretty shocked that Law and Luffy intend to honor their deal with Doflamingo to hand over Caesar. It does play into Law's plan as a distraction. Caesar's super positive attitude makes me sure that things wont go well for the gaseous scientist when Doflamingo arrives.
Oda is really mixing up the formula in these past few arcs. Not only is this one of the few times the crew has ever headed to an island looking to cause trouble, but they're using strategy to actually try and avoid all out war. Though, I'm under no misconception that things aren't going to go exactly as planned. What fun would that be to read? Doflamingo certainly has an interesting wildcard up his sleeve to get Luffy's attention.
One of the better laughs I got out of this week's chapter was when Law caught himself being drawn into happy-go-lucky atmosphere that is the Straw Hats. One moment he's intensely serious, then he's distracted by lunch orders. Even he's shocked by his own reaction. I'm also loving that Oda is making a runner out of Nico Robin's imagination bubbles.
All the reactions to Doflamingo's dropping his name from the warlords wasn't really necessary, but it does give the reader an impression as to just how ingrained he is to the dealings of the world. I was just more interested in learning how the news of these alliances was leaked by this mystery reporter, and how Jewelry Bonney escaped capture.
Well, ONE PIECE has finally reached the 700 chapter mark. This becomes even more impressive when you realize that the entire run ofToriyama's DRAGON BALL ran for a little over 500. It was a fun chapter with some good laughs, and it gives us more direction for what's on the horizon. Looks like the adventure really begins next week.