I’ll freely admit not a whole lot happened in this chapter, and most of them are the usual scene-building and character introduction, which are only mildly interesting. I’m absolutely fine with that because such exposition are needed to move the story forward and clearly, the former pirate, Hyena Bellamy will play an important role in this arc. For all his bravado and unruliness, Bellamy is no fool – not as sharp as Doflamingo, but capable enough to figure out Lucy’s true identity. The revelation that he has paid a visit to Skypiea comes courtesy of another – that he will be promoted to a leadership position in the Donquixote Family should he come up on top of the competition. It’s still not completely clear how Bellamy’s trip to the sky island has changed him and now that the “New Age” has arrived, just what does he intend to achieve within the Donquixote ranks. The former God of Skypiea, Enel (now the ruler of the moon) probably wasn’t the one who wiped out his crew, but evidently, something fishy is going on in the sky island. It makes me wonder if this might give the Straw Hat crew a chance to revisit the “City of Gold” Shandora and no question, Skypiea, like many of Oda-sensei’s wondrous creation in the world of One Piece lends itself to further exploration. Presumably, that would be the first time Luffy and his team return to a key destination of a prior story arc and I won’t deny it would be highly amusing to see a brand new adventure set in a somewhat familiar setting.
It seems like the coliseum fights of remaining divisions will kick off in the next few chapter and needless to say, Lucy will almost certainly emerge as the winner of C-Block. Pitching Cavendish against Rebecca in D-Block should prove to be an interesting choice and you don’t even have to ask me which one of them I’m supporting. As for the larger focus of this chapter, the contestants to watch out for in B-Block would most definitely be Bellamy and the big-time rookie, Bartolomeo. The quick succession of gimmicks that Bartolomeo displayed revealed just what kind of person he is – vulgar, arrogant and cruel. His animal-like appearance also indicates he might be Zoan-type Devil Fruit user and that should make him the perfect match-up for Bellamy’s savageness in combat.
tl;dr: @SeishunRC – Bellamy has sharp eyes and those shoddy disguise can’t fool him. Rebecca vs Cavendish? Rooting for the former! #OnePiece #Manga
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