I knew it all long – those shoddy disguises aren’t fooling anyone! Lucy’s failed attempt at camouflaging himself has become something of a joke now that he has been identified as the Straw Hat captain, not just once but twice. Chinjao, who appears to have a history with Monkey D. Garp, knows who is hiding underneath those stache and if their brief exchange in this chapter is any clue, he’s probably not going to be one of Luffy’s allies. But make no mistake about it, Chinjao is merely a sideshow to the grand scheme of things, the most significant knock-on effect here is that Cavendish, who harbors a vehement hatred for the Eleven Supernovas, is now also in the know of Lucy’s secret identity. Such a revelation might lead to an earlier-than-expected scuffle between those two and kudos to Oda sensei for throwing in an interesting twist that I wasn’t anticipating, not this early in the game anyway. One of the things I’ve always liked about characters in One Piece is that there’s a deeper and darker side to them that’s always just barely concealed under those jolly and flamboyant exteriors. It’s tempting to simply disregard Cavendish’s threats and not take him seriously as a character – after all, he is a bishounen (pretty boy) stereotype exaggerated to its logical extreme. But if his hefty bounty of 280 million is any indicator – higher than that of Basil Hawkins and X Drake pre-time skip, I wouldn’t be too hasty to write him out as a fluke and he is most certainly capable of putting on a good show, even if he’s not nearly powerful enough to defeat Luffy.
As for the other parts of the chapter, the coliseum fights for Block-B has kicked off in an expectedly grand fashion, but for my money, the ultimate showdown is likely to boil down to Bellamy and Bartolomeo. I highly doubt any of the alliance formed or unique abilities displayed will be game-changers, especially when none of the other contestants, aside from Bellamy, has demonstrated Devil Fruit abilities or even the knack of Haki and Rokushiki. The human drama at the Corrida Coliseum is fairly interesting, but hanging over all this is a big question mark – Is Doflamingo clued-up to the latest antics of the Straw Hat-Trafalgar Law alliance? There’s never been another character quite like the “Heavenly Yaksha” and no doubt, he’s a fascinating package of contrasts – carefree and glitzy on one hand, but cruel and sadistic on the other. Clearly, the Straw Hat has picked a very powerful foe to mess with, and the question of whether they have bitten off more than they can chew this time remains to be answered.
tl;dr: @SeishunRC – #OnePiece 707: Luffy completely fails at cosplaying – Chinjao and Cavendish know! Does that mean Doflamingo is in the loop as well? #Manga