One Piece Chapter 859 – Operation Assassinate Big Mom

One Piece chapter 859 - Operation assassinate Big Mom begins!

Will the plan really work?

Despite the elaborate plan Capone has come up with to carve out 5 seconds in which Big Mom exposes her vulnerability, every aspect of the plan is based on improbability and the assumption that with so many variables present, nothing unexpected will happen. But this is One Piece and “something” unexpected ALWAYS happens. This time though with Luffy uncontrollably overjoyed about his upcoming entrance, I have this deep sinking feeling shackled by a grating foreboding uneasiness that he will be the one to mess up this carefully calculated plan right from the very start.

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One Piece Chapter 858 – Gathering

One Piece chapter 858 - Pirate Alliance

Enemies join hands (despite their arms being crossed) in order to defeat Big Mom and stop the Tea Party slaughter

Firstly, how did I now realise that HE was Caesar Clown in the previous chapter. I noticed HIM and thought to myself ‘he looks badass, I hope we get to see more of him’. How did I not notice…was it the angle? The stern expression he was wearing? His inclusion within the Firetank Pirates? Whatever it was, well played Oda-sensei, that was a fantastic way to reintroduce Caesar in this arc. With Big Mom as the obstacle within Luffy, Caesar and Capone’s paths, an almost impossible alliance has been formed and it is all thanks to Jinbe who arranged for such a possibility to be made possible.

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Fairy Tail Chapter 525 – The Child Of Mavis

Fairy Tail chapter 525 - The Child within Mavis

The child she does not know she has…

So Larcade really is Mavis’s son? How was he able to survive for so long or was his birth delayed by Mavis’s body being entrapped within a Lacrima prison? Given Irene, it is not impossible but how did Mavis give birth to Larcade and why is she unaware of having a son? Mavis meeting Larcade is inevitable and now that Zeref has injured Larcade, Mavis will need to be brought back into focus to save her son. She will convey to Larcade what love is; what a parents love is, particularly, what a mother’s love. And August will finally have his answer for why ‘his majesty’s son was not loved’, because he was loved already despite Mavis not knowing of his existence and Larcade not knowing of his mother’s existence. Mavis will “save” Larcade and help liberate him as to who he really is.

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One Piece Chapter 857 – The Enemy Of My Enemy

One Piece Chapter 857 - An unlikely alliance

Jinbe may have found a way for the Straw Hat Pirates to challenge Big Mom

Well snap, surprise after surprise, I was not expecting that yet it is a development completely logical. An alliance between the Straw Hat Pirates and Capone “Gang” Bege’s crew, the Firetank Pirates, how ludicrously exciting. This was an amazing chapter, so many developments relevant to the direction of the arc and Jinbe showcasing exactly why the Straw Hat Pirates NEED him. His experience, composition, knowledge and understanding of the pirate world have resulted in a plan the Straw Hat Pirates can utilise to foil the Wedding, save the Vinsmoke family members (especially Reiju), escape Big Mom’s territory and possibly establish a lasting alliance. Jinbe has created an opportunity for the Straw Hat Pirates to genuinely challenge Big Mom and her crew.

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Fairy Tail Chapter 524 – The Black Dragon

Fairy Tail Chapter 524 - Acnologia

My heart just got crushed…

Acnologia really is a piece of work. How arrogant can he get stating that as Irene is the mother of Dragon Slayers, she is his sin. Does he really believe that he is THAT significant that the fate of the world and its future rest on his shoulders. It should be the other way around, because Irene created Dragon Slaying magic and failed to stop herself from succumbing to the effects of its power, she should be the one feeling the need to clear the consequences of her sins by stopping/crushing Acnologia and ensuring a brighter future for the next generation.

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Fairy Tail Chapter 522-523 – The Return Of Acnologia

Fairy Tail chapter 522 - Lost Iced Shell

In order to seal their darkness away…

Back against a wall and motivated by the guilt of his sins, Gray cast his life into one final spell to seal away the darkness plaguing his best friend, his guild and himself. Empowered by his magic, life, and memories, Gray enhances the effects of Iced Shell with Lost Magic. Resolving to be forgotten from everyone dear to him, he channels his spirit into sealing Zeref.

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One Piece Chapter 856 – The Captain And The Chef

One Piece chapter 856 - Sanji's request for Luffy's help

Finally! Sanji finally let down his walls and opened up to his Captain who has always been there for him

Sanji finally let off the weight dragging him down into despair. The agonizing weight of having his dreams crushed and his loved ones lives used against him. A sinking weight wholly reliant on his actions. Sanji wanted to protect everyone even if it meant doing it all alone and against an overwhelming opponent. He complied with the demands required of him and played the part of a pawn in someone else’s schemes oblivious to the reality of what was going on behind the scenes. Now that Sanji is aware of the futility of his efforts, of how the Wedding is actually a precursor to a festival of death and destruction, he turns to his captain for help. And of course, Luffy being who he is, accepts the challenge of further angering a Yonko.

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