A former king is unmasked, a history is revealed as an army prepares to strike, and a father steps from the shadows to save his daughter. A revolution is coming to Dressrosa.
Eiichiro Oda has often been criticized for having extended flashbacks in the middle of his arcs. While I understood where some people were coming from, I often saw it as a chance to care about the past in place of just being told about it. That being said, it appears Oda has been made aware of this critique and has taken it to heart these past two arcs.
The past that's explained in this chapter is abbreviated but still informative. The Punk Hazard Arc toyed with this concept, but that land didn't have much history to begin with. Does this make the reader as invested in this land as you have been in other past adventures?
We also get some hints to the more recent events. By that I mean the identity of the toy creating devil fruit user, Bartolomeo is likely to bring Luffy to Zoro, after begging for an autograph; and did anyone else catch Hack whispering to someone via a transponder snail?
As I think back on it, it was a pretty good thing that Oda revealed that the toys of Dressrosa were once humans. Otherwise the reveal at the end of this chapter would have been incredibly awkward. I didn't want to ponder on the mechanics of how a toy could have produced a human child with a woman. This certain does add a new layer of tragedy to the scene of Scarlet's death scene.
A bit I'm still unclear about. I understand that humans have forgotten the people who were changed to toys, but that doesn't explained why Toy Soldier never revealed to truth to Rebecca in their years together. Perhaps he was also unaware until just recently. That's a problem I have with this chapter, but it's one that I'm hopeful will be explained.
I feel that the enjoyment you'll get out of this chapter may be more dependent on your personal tastes. Much of the recent action takes a back seat to a lot of exposition from supporting characters. However, that doesn't mean it isn't entertaining. Oda really has mastered his story telling talents. He feeds you information while deftly adding some well placed comedy to make it a fun read.
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