As pathetically predicted last chapter, Oda continues on to tell the stories of Robin and Sanji, of whom share quite interesting character involvements. A lot went on this chapter and it’s hard to determine what should really be mentioned to keep this post short. Robin gets a new nickname as “The Light of Revolution”, as she was the sole survivor from Ohara and someone that Dragon has been trying to locate for over ten years. The question for the reason of the bridge is brought up again, but still remains unanswered. Previously, I had thought the bridge was to connect some random islands, but I guess there must be a more sinister reason since it’s from the Tenryuubito. Perhaps it’s being built to make slave trading easier.
Apparently Dragon is going to take this fragile time to gather his “leaders” and either protect it from crumbling or turning for the worse, or reforming it to his own world. The questionable morality of himself still makes this a hard one to predict, but recent chapters show that he’s a pretty nice guy. Kuma on the other hand is pretty much no mystery anymore. His story is basically that he somehow became captured by the government and converted into a half robot as “brainwash” of some sorts. This chapter also proves that it really was him on Dragon’s ship a couple chapters ago, as well as being one of Dragon’s and Ivankov’s nakama.
Regarding the newspaper that everyone seems to be reading but not telling, it’s starting to become a huge tease. However with Vivi’s dialogue, it seems it has something to do with a picture, so maybe it really is a new bounty. Oddly enough, Crocodile’s actually going to the New World, and doesn’t seem to be just disappearing out of the story anytime soon. See, that’s the good thing about Oda. Despite all the things haters can bitch and moan about One Piece, you can’t deny that he ever forgets characters. Character follow up should not be a hard thing to do, but if you take a look at the other big competitors (Naruto and Bleach), they just can’t seem to remember any of their supporting cast.
Surprisingly, Buggy has a lot of mystery surrounding him. Recently, the most interesting thing about him, or rather Luffy’s, was Captain John’s “Treasure Mark”. I read up on what it was and apparently Luffy picked it up from John’s corpse himself near the end of the Thriller Bark arc. You would think something trivial like this wouldn’t be part of the story, but that’s just what makes OP interesting (sigh, I feel like an OP whore). Anyway, the cliffhanger with the letter from the government must be that he’s become a Shichibukai. I’m totally joking too, but if that were to really happen (seeing how Moria’s “dead” and Buggy’s apparently REALLY strong to the government), I would laugh my ass off. Remember when I said Buggy’s a rather hilarious character since he’s constantly being pushed into crap that he accidentally creates? Well, this is it.