ONE PIECE Ch. 772 Review

Topic started by No_name_here on June 20, 2010. Last post by tximinoman 1 month, 3 weeks ago.
Post by No_name_here (856 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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What an odd couple.
What an odd couple.

Another heavy hitter for the Don Quixote Family falls to a rather unexpected challenger.

The Good

Wedding and a funeral.
Wedding and a funeral.

If you sweep aside the whole Rebecca scene at the beginning, you're going to get some laughs out of just about every moment within this chapter. I really have to hand it to Oda for turning me around on Baby 5 so suddenly. She really annoyed me for the longest time, and now I find her sort of adorable.

Even Cavendish and Bartolomeo make for a unique pairing. You have the Straw Hat uber-fan, and a guy who harbors an irrational hatred of Luffy. It sort of reminds me of something I once heard a comic writer -- who's name escapes me at the moment -- talking about. He was answering an interview question by explaining how you could make a cast that could do the job perfectly, but that makes for a poor reading experience. It's all very much an ODD COUPLE scenario.

I wanted a fun read, and this issue certainly gave me that.

The Bad

Another one falls to the peanut gallery.
Another one falls to the peanut gallery.

Where is all this going, and why is Oda putting such an emphasis upon these secondary characters? If you look at the score card, the only member of the Don Quixote Family to be defeated by one of the Straw Hats is one. Usopp's long distance defeat of Sugar. All the others have fallen to the actions of various tournament extras. It's certainly unique for a manga of this caliber, but how about mixing it up with more Straw Hats?

Coming back to Rebecca. This portion of the story has turned into a massive disappointment. Good for her to finally speak up that she wants to fight, but all she's doing is just sitting there as an easy target. Not even so much as a move to defend herself. I can sympathize with Kyros' to want to keep his child away from harm, but you can't stuff the cat back into the bag.

Rebecca is an accomplished fighter who's been a gladiator for years, at this point. They're also up againstDiamante, and she has just a strong a claim against him as her father. Scarlet may have been his wife, but it was also her mother. She should either run or go on the defense. A lot better option than being either a spectator or a handicap.

Verdict 2/5

Despite its flaws, there is still a lot of entertainment value to be had out of this chapter. It has some great writing, but this strong focus on third or fourth tier characters is wearing thin for me. For an arc that has gone on for longer than the Baroque Works Saga, I'd hope that the protagonists would be highlighted more. Don't take that as a criticism against the overall arc. I'm enjoying the Dressrosa story. Just shift the plot back toward the title cards, please.

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Post by Destinyheroknight (10,479 posts) See mini bio Level 21

I'm enjoying the Colosseum fighters, I glad Oda is building them up for the One Piece War. I also like different characters are getting the spotlight, showing that supporting character can do things on there own.

Sigh, I really want a father and daughter team up. I hope Rebecca jump into the action, if she don't I'll be very disappointed in Oda. Also, Robin should go fight Trebol, I'll be mad if she give Kyros a leg.

Dear Kyros, take your own advice. Rebecca is old enough to protect herself, she don't need you to protect her. I know she a pacifist, but she know how to fight and want to help. All you doing is getting tire.

Well, FoxxFireArt I feel we going to be getting the Straw Hats fights after Gladius fall. I guess Oda saving the best for last.

Cavendish and Bartolomeo remind me of Zoro and Sanji, I would like to more of them after this arc.

I was hoping Dellinger would fight Robin, but it seem he out of the picture now.

Surprise Ideo was a long arm, I guess it make sense. Now I wondering if Luffy copy Ideo's technique to create Red Hawk attack.

Anyway, it was a middle of the road chapter.

Post by tximinoman (60 posts) See mini bio Level 6

I think I said it in last issues review but I'm pretty sure this is going to be Luffy's army in the last battle so that's why Oda is introducing them now (so we kind of care about them when they come back). But that being said, I could be wrong and Oda could be doing this just because, if you remember the war between Whitebeard and the Navy a lot of captains we never heard about jumped on the spotlight when that was happening and I really doubt Oda has a bigger plan for them in the future. People like the Diamond guy or that swordsman with the moustache and the top hat, have some panels and time dedicated to them and I'm really not sure we'll be seing them again.

So far I'm kind of enjoying this arc, although I get that if the Strawhats aren't the ones fighting this fights could easily be skipped.

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