How surprising, I actually felt emotion, genuine emotion from Doflamingo when he talked about the Donquixote Executives being his family. For someone so cruel, sinister and cold-hearted, I wasn’t expecting Doflamingo to have such a vulnerable side, one that does express a certain level of pain he experienced in his childhood. I really am curious, what happened to Doflamingo, what events took place to lead him down this path, why has he forsaken everything beside his family? How can someone be loving and so hateful at the same time? And what I really want to know is despite the care Doflamingo has for his crew, why did Law end up turning against Doflamingo and wishing for his death?
I was curious to see what card Doflamingo had up his sleeve to save both himself and the SMILE factory from being destroyed and it seems he has pulled out one big joker that has changed this arc dramatically. From position of seemingly being defeated to one where he holds a stronger position over the ones seeking his downfall, and what’s worse, he has pitted the whole nation against those he deems problematic to him and his plans – namely the Strawhats.
What an compelling and enthralling chapter, my excitement has just reached dangerous levels that waiting for the next One Piece chapter to come out has become borderline unbearable. So the danger of Pica and his Devil Fruit really is in how he can manipulate the surrounding environment to his advantage, that being, using the very castle Luffy, Zoro and Viola are in to attack them. It is going to be interesting to see how Luffy, Zoro and Viola handle Pica. At the Colosseum side, ah, the full on action contained within induces me to crave after more, Rebecca is holding her own within the battle and Sabo completely showed Burgess up by nullifying his Surge Elbow and destroying his armor. I also love how Diamante is completely confused at Lucy’s current fighting style, it is going to be so sweet when Sabo takes on Diamante.
The underground trading port, so the climax there is about to be reached with Leo preparing to plant the fake grape within Sugar’s grape bowl. Hopefully the plan goes down as intended and Doflamingo’s real character is revealed to the Kingdom and its citizens.
Monet’s “death” was left quite inconclusive, her heart was stabbed but the stab wound wasn’t that deep, so given that she is a Yuki-Onna and could put herself into a state of suspended animation, should could be saved and subsequently alive. There are also several scenes within the manga that does beg the question, is Monet really dead? And yeah, I’ve become quite obsessed with her character =P.
The relationship between Soldier-san and Rebecca really is incredible, even if Rebecca doesn’t know that Soldier-san is her father yet, the love she holds for him feels like it extends way beyond the times they shared as if her subconscious is instinctively aware of their connection. Soldier-san ready to sacrifice his life for his daughter’s future and Rebecca ready to put her life on the life to protect Soldier-san. I cannot wait for the moment in which the two are able to reunite as father and daughter.
With so many characters becoming relevant this arc on top of all the quality developments I needed something visual to help myself understand this arc more intimately. It took me a while, but this is a summarised version of the players in this Dressrosa Arc at the moment.
No words can describe how incredibly amazing and beautiful this chapter was but I will try. The sheer chaos, excitement and unexpectedness unleashed this chapter was way beyond anything we have experienced thus far in One Piece. Zoro’s bout with Admiral Isshou, Kinemon’s encounter with Doflamingo while trying to retrieve Law but failing, Luffy’s inability to get out of the Colosseum to help, Nami’s realisation of what Doflamingo is after and what Law is giving his life to protect, the cover of the Strawhats blown, the appearance of Big Mom looking to crush the Thousand Sunny and secure Caesar, and everyone’s collective goal of heading to the palace to crush Doflamingo. This chapter was packed with so much intensity and awesomeness, that if tears of euphoria didn’t escape your eyes, your mind would at least be blown.
Oh wow, I was under the impression that Gladiator Ricky was Rebecca’s father but that turned out to not exactly be the case. Gladiator Ricky is actually the former king of Dressrosa, Riku Dold III, Rebecca’s grandfather. The person who I thought was the former king of Dressrosa was the Thunder Soldier, but he is in fact Rebecca’s father. I had expected as much that the Thunder Soldier was related to Rebecca in such a way and most likely the Thunder Soldier is the legendary gladiator Kyros.
What exactly is Law planning? What is with this sudden announcement of his ending his alliance with the Strawhats? What exactly happened with Law in the past and what were the events that led to the fallout between Law and Doflamingo? All these events and connections shrouded in mystery and shadows are really confusing me. Does Law really ONLY want to stop the production of Smile? For some reason, I don’t really believe him, while that may be a major objective of his, I still believe Law’s intention to become Pirate King.
So it’s been confirmed, the toys in Dressrosa were former humans transformed into toys. Interesting that the people the former humans used to know end up forgetting about them, is this an effect of a Devil Fruit? Chinjao knows Rayleigh, I wonder how those two are connected. The fact that the mention of Rayleigh’s name made Chinjao trigger a memory which caused him to break down in tears means that there is some serious history between those two or at least associated with Rayleigh’s name =/. And what a shock, but still incredibly ironic, the dark factory which the Strawhats are searching for is under the Corrida Colosseum…I just know Zoro will end up there somehow when he intended to go to the flower gardens…