Just like the meteor that blasted a huge crater on the ground, Isshou or better known as Admiral Fujitora has certainly made his mark in One Piece this week. I have previously called Isshou a wild card that can swing either way and indeed, the Wisteria Tiger of the Marines is turning out to be a reversal of fortune for both Doflamingo and Trafalgar Law. It appears that Fujitora is not siding with anyone in this conflict and his appearance on Green Bit might not even be part of Doflamingo’s plan in the very first place. Isshou is an enigma through-and-through – it’s not just his fighting capabilities that remained a mystery, his personal ideals seem to deviate from the Marines‘ doctrine of “Absolute Justice” as well. The brief insight into his origins – by courtesy of the Joker – points to a relatively short tenure at the Marines and Fujitora, along with a certain Ryokugyuu (Green Bull), were given the ranks of Admiral during the Global Military Enlistment – presumably after Aokiji’s resignation and Akainu’s ascension to power. I don’t think anyone would question Isshou’s formidability as a combatant and the mysterious Devil Fruit ability that he possesses was powerful enough to keep two Shichibukai at bay. At first glance, his power seems to be pertinent to gravity-manipulation, but there’s definitely more to that than meets the eyes – not only can he summon a massive meteor from the sky, Isshou is also capable of creating protective barriers to deflect incoming attacks. Fujitora’s seemingly erratic course of action has, no question, struck everyone in the face with quite a wham – nothing has gone according to plan, and if Trafalgar Law were to survive the present ordeal, finesse and improvisation will become ever more important – a simple prisoner exchange has now evolved into a battle of nerves that pit three of the world’s strongest against each other!
Speaking of Trafalgar Law, his current intent is not exactly crystal clear, but I suspect he’s trying to buy time – in the hope that the Heavenly Yaksha can be stalled off long enough for the Straw Hats to destroy the SMILE factory! The pinpoint location of the factory has not been made apparent, but we know for a fact that it is masquerading as a “Toy House” – and in all likelihood, it’s probably situated somewhere in the flower field, the big stage for the incoming confrontation! Everyone – Zoro, Sanji, Franky, Kin’emon, and even Nico Robin and Usopp – is now headed toward the same destination and with so many competing agendas set in motion, it looks like we’re in for a bumpy ride down the road. I’m especially interested in what’s brewing at Tontatta Kingdom and the Dwarf’s association with Montblanc Noland – a character that made his first appearance more than 400 chapters ago – has certainly caught me off-guard. Clearly, Bellamy is not the only familiar face from the Jaya Arc who’s making a comeback, and if this is the prevailing trend, I suspect there could be a greater connection between the current story arc and Skypiea – or perhaps even the Moon, where Enel currently resides! As everybody’s role in the story punches the clock, the pieces of the puzzles are slowly but surely starting to come together – the only ones that haven’t received any attention as of late are Nami, Chopper and Brook who are at present, on board of the Thousand Sunny. It’s very likely that’s where the spotlight will be shifting to next and needless to say, I can’t wait to see what Oda sensei has in store for the remaining crew – especially when we know for sure that’s an easy target for the Donquixote family!
- The sight of Franky goofing around as a tank had me laughing out loud – He would fit in perfectly as a toy. Panzer vor!
- Luxor, One Piece expert and long-time IRC lurker, has aptly pointed out that the Dwarf looks very similar to the Spaceys – Something worth noting, that’s for certain!
- Law cuts the meteor into half. Doflamingo dices the halves into fragments. Issho deflects all of them with his barriers! – The grandiosity of the current battle is truly epic!
- “Uh-oh!” – It looks like Usoland has dug himself into a deep hole again. A pathetic face is worth a thousand words!
- Violet has such an adorable smile! Can you blame Sanji for going completely gaga? – I’m rooting very hard for those two!
tl;dr: @SeishunRC – #OnePiece 713: Epic showdown – a meteor that helped Isshou make his mark! Everyone’s gathering at the flower field #Manga