Grasping onto that ray of light Luffy and Law has created with their efforts against Doflamingo, the people of Dressrosa gather together in order to save the country they love. Combined efforts working together to stop the psychotic king ready to end all their lives in a hellish slaughter of red. With the path ahead of them illuminated, the people of Dressrosa join in on delaying the Bird Cage in order to buy Luffy enough time to recover his Haki and finally put a stop to the madness of Donquixote Doflamingo. The Dressrosa citizen’s have finally accepted the reality of the nightmare they find themselves in and have chosen to do something to change it.
Just when you think nothing could top the “God” Usopp moment, Oda-sensei comes and reveals the “Sniper King” Usopp. With a desire to save his captain and the urgency to put a stop to Sugar (again), Usopp lines up his shot from an outrageous distance with the help of Viola’s senrigan and out of no where, the miracle of Kenbunshoku Haki awakens in Usopp allowing him to land a perfect trauma shot on Sugar, knocking her out (again). Everything from the set-up to the execution to the situation was perfect, the representation of Usopp as the Sniper King was amazingly portrayed by Oda-sensei. Viola said it best, absolutely amazing (with a shocked expression and hand over the mouth).
I honestly do love Viola’s Giro Giro no Mi abilities, the application it can have is exciting, especially when you realise that with Viola allied with the Straw Hats, the situations created can be many times more dire and serious than previous situations covered in the past. Regardless of its overwhelming nature, the context in which it is being highlighted this arc reveals it to be a very necessary ability when dealing with powerful enemies rooted within the New World. Despite Viola being separate from the Straw Hat Pirate crew, I certainly would love to see her enter into an alliance of sorts just so she has the opportunity to feature in more arcs and showcase more of her fascinating ability.
Viola put it beautifully, right now only the Strawhat Pirates and their allies are capable of shattering the illusions Doflamingo has cast in front of Dressrosa and the world. The World Government are too busy concerning themselves with their own power, influence and relationship with the Tenryuubito that they ignore the cries of those suffering under the hands and manipulation of Doflamingo. Isshou may not be able to see but he is still closing his ears to the cries of the nation in favour of maintaining the duty the Marines hold within the World Government – control and order – something totally different from the peace and well-being of a nation and its citizens.
The house of cards Doflamingo has meticulously built over the course of ten years has finally collapsed with the removal of one key card in the house, the card known as Sugar, and he has none other than the secret weapon of the Strawhats aka. Usopp to thank for such a situation. Chaos usually isn’t a good thing, but the chaos descending upon Dressrosa given the circumstances surrounding it make for such a sweet sweet sight. The Donquixote Pirates have messed up and Doflamingo as the “Joker” with all the cards crashing down around him is going to have hell to pay, well he has already lost his head to it, I do wonder though if he has also lost his life because of it.
Looking at things from Usopp’s perspective, it must not be easy for him; an ordinary human, without any Devil Fruit powers or Haki, going up against unforgiving pirates wielding dangerous fruits, it is expected he would be fearful, yet the level cowardice Usopp is exhibiting now is shocking even me. I just hope Usopp manages to remember the reason he is sailing the Grand Line for and stop himself from running away. Right now, everyone is relying on him, they all have their faith in Usopp seeing through Operation SOP. Usopp is the only one now able to complete Operation SOP, he NEEDS to take Sugar out. I hope that voice inside Usopp called Sogeking manages to make itself heard by Usopp.
You’ve got hand it to Oda-sensei, he knows how to create suspenseful and impacting moments that make you laugh and smile. I loved it when Viola told the group to ‘proceed with caution’ through the Palace lower sections and in the next scene we have Luffy attacking the guards. No matter how intricate and well-developed a plan you have is, if it doesn’t agree with Luffy’s instincts, he won’t follow it. And it is because of that, we are able to get unexpected and sudden developments which constantly keeps the story of an arc fresh and exciting. And it is because of that we were able to see Doflamingo’s ‘clueless’ face, it was priceless. Excellent chapter.
Hahahah I did not see this happening, NOT AT ALL. For three weeks I’ve been wrecking my brain theorising about potential ways the end of Block D can finish but even with that, I wasn’t even close…To think Cavendish had this characteristic to him, sleep walking and a second persona – Hakuba, even stronger than his normal self, I am honestly in awe at Oda-sensei’s ability to surprise the readers yet keep the twist within the realm of possibility. As a fan of One Piece who tries to predict how Oda-sensei will carry out twists, even after 6 years of following One Piece, I can’t predict him, and I LOVE IT!!
Robin took the words right out of my mouth, Doflamingo truly is one cunning man…Just to take over Dressrosa he created so much suffering and hatred, what a sad guy =(. Back to Robin, she was involved in a similar situation with Crocodile back during the Alabasta arc, although Crocodile never went as far as Doflamingo. No wonder Crocodile doesn’t like Doflamingo, his too extreme O.o. The two moments of the chapter for me: finding out that Violet is actually Viola Riku, the princess of the Riku family, and Robin’s shock reaction…I am speechless, she’s never let a reaction like that slip before, could this be signs of her loosening up after years of constantly being on edge and on guard before she joining the Strawhats? Either way, Robin looks hot even shocked.