“I will never question a lady’s tears” – is it really possible that Sanji can be even more “GAR” than he already is? Not for the first time have I found myself man-crushing on Sanji for the crazy things he says, and his interaction with Violet this week was yet another fine example of his unrivaled machismo! I’ve always had a soft spot for the Straw Hat’s “Black Leg” – he’s not just a badass and a great cook, Sanji also has some of the best lines in the entire One Piece universe, “Men who can’t wipe away the tears from a woman’s eyes aren’t real men”! The fact that Violet turned out to be a Donquixote family assassin – and a Devil Fruit user at that – hit me as somewhat of a surprise, but Sanji’s response was pretty much in character and his resolution to the dilemma facing him this time is no different from before – he’s a courteous jack-a-dandy who is truly one of a kind! No question, it was Sanji’s supreme fortitude that ultimately succeeded at swaying Violet’s heart and now that she has betrayed Doflamingo, it remains to be seen what lies ahead for the Giro Giro no Mi user. Violet’s circumstance is quite similar to that of Nico Robin’s and I suspect there’s a good chance she might emerge as the next Straw Hat nakama – along with warrior dwarf Leo, who is in my view, another strong contender!
There’s no doubt at all that Doflamingo is a fearsome opponent – he is widely regarded as the most powerful Shichibukai, and the fact his influence extends beyond that of the World Government is simply a testament to his dreadful reputation. Aptly pointed out Trafalgar Law, the only ones capable of pulling such an imposing stunt are the Tenyruubito, and the most recent bombshell certainly suggests a connection between the Heavenly Yaksha and the odious World Nobles! The Joker’s complicated past has been vaguely hinted at by Vice Admiral Vergo – who is of course, one of Doflamingo’s most trusted subordinates – and what’s unfolding in this chapter is merely an extension of that, something that points to bigger conspiracy in play! In fact, even the Marines were caught off guard by Doflamingo world-deceiving scheme, and it seems like Admiral Fujitora has played right into the Joker’s plan, without any prior warning. What Issho does at this juncture is crucial in setting the stage for the ultimate confrontation – he is a wild card who can swing either way and his mild temperament – and concern for civilian safety, is certainly in stark contrast to Akainu’s “Absolute Justice”! I don’t expect Trafalgar Law to go down this early in the game, but the Surgeon of Death is obviously in a tight spot, and whether he makes it out alive could very much depend on the blind Admiral’s judgment – my gut’s telling me Issho’s going to switch sides and I hope I’m right!
- I like that Nico Robin materialized her entire upper body and not just her head – I’m sure Trafalgar Law and Ceasar Clown got a pretty good view!
- Violet was tsun-to-the-max, but Sanji was able to tame her down just fine – I’m keeping my fingers crossed that they’ll be the first official couple in the Straw Hat ranks!
- The Giro Giro no Mi is pretty cool – It’s not just a peeping device, Violet can also make whales out of her teardrops!
- That bastard Caribou is making grandma fight – I wonder what crazy moves does granny have, Hi-Ya!
tl;dr: @SeishunRC – #OnePiece 712: “I will never question a lady’s tears”! Doflamingo just punked the entire world #Manga