The Straw Hats came to Dressrosa for one reason. Find the SMILE Factory, destroy it, and run to leave it and Doflamingo to the wrath ofKaido, one of the Four Emperors. Although, Franky has been moved by the plight of the people, and he makes an impassioned plea toLuffy that will involve them all into a massive revolution.
In honor of the season, let's just skip over the still entertaining stuffing of this chapter and let's really dig into the meat. That's the mega-brawl between Doflamingo and Trafalgar. I'm under no delusions that this spells the end for Doctor of Death, but you can't help be feel that he's in some serious trouble by the end of this issue. This heavy hitter may even be out for the count for a good long while unless they can rush him to Chopper, who isn't even on the island.
Then we have our pure-hearted protagonist. Luffy's been having his fun, and that's pretty much par for the course in this series. We then understand that in every arc he learns something about the antagonist that crosses the line of even his laxed sensibilities. That's when he gets serious, and the real action explodes. Witnessing Doflmingo's ruthlessness only feet away is sure to light a fire under the rubber-man.
I'm going to make what I know is a rather absurd critique, and it actually isn't just limited to this chapter. It's something that's bugged me in this series as a whole. I also want to preference this by stating that I know it's a rather silly thing to be bothered by. However,...why is it that a flintlock pistol fires multiple rounds? Go through the manga, and most of the guns or rifles you'll see appear to be old style flintlock firearms. Yet we've always seen them firing off multiple rounds without so much as a reload.
I know it's likely just a matter of Oda invoking the classic swashbuckler theme, but it's always seems weird to me. It just stands out to be more in this chapter for some reason.
This has been a smorgasbord of events this edition. From Bellamy betrayed, Franky's desire to join the Dressrosa Revolution, and Zorodressing his captain down for not counting him in on the tournament. You're likely to find something to sink your teeth into, and we're left off with a major cliffhanger. I'm starving to know what happens next, but I'm just going to have to satiate that hunger with some of my homemade streusel topped pumpkin pie for the next week. ONE PIECE will be on break.
Follow along with the latest ONE PIECE chapters yourself, tune in for the SJ Podcast, and check out the free starter pack sampler at ShonenJump.com here. You can download the free app for both iOS and Android devices.