Oda sensei has always played it straight with his audience – we have known from day one that Luffy is not somebody you want to piss off and his steadfast devotion to his nakama is definitely a force to be reckoned with! The “Pirate Mercenary” Hajrudin was unfortunate enough to experience Luffy’s thunderous wrath firsthand and I’m sure there’s going to be waves of commotion from this one-hit knockout – both within and beyond the arena! Needless to say, Luffy is somewhat of a square peg. Outside of the battlefield, the Straw Hat Captain is the very definition of a “baka”, and his apparent simplicity and cluelessness have always been a great running gag for One Piece! However, it’s hardly an exaggeration to say Luffy is a monster when he enters the frontline and the sheer brute force that he displayed in this chapter is simply a testament to his prodigious skill as a combatant! Hajrudin and Ucy the “the Fighting Bull” are merely cannon fodders in the overall narratives – that much is clear, and characters like them are certainly a dime a zone in One Piece. That said, I’d be lying if I say I didn’t get a charge out of seeing Luffy kicking some serious ass and the sight of him bludgeoning the arrogant giant with his mere fist was, no doubt, amply rewarding!
As for the other order of business, Oda sensei continues to hint at a certain affiliation between Gladiator Ricky and Rebecca – we have no idea what the exact nature of their relationship is, and your guess is probably as good as anyone’s. I have a sneaking suspicion it could be that of a familial bond, and the history that those two share could point to a tie-in with the legendary gladiator, Kyros! Just as expected, the spotlight was shifted back to the Thousand Sunny this week – albeit only for a brief moment! Jora of the Donquixote family has quite a unique Devil Fruit power to say the least, and her ability to disfigure the shape and appearance of any object has introduced a whole new level of tribulation for the Straw Hats. Nothing pains me more than to see Nami’s pretty face getting ruined and I certainly hope the side effects are reversible – such a blasphemous act is simply unforgivable and Jora deserves a major can of whoop ass for the things she did! Momonosuke is mostly likely the wild card in all of this – the planned abduction was not something that I was expecting and it remains to be seen what Doflamingo intends to do with the young samurai. There are definitely many possibilities, and the first one that comes to mind is, of course, Momonosuke’s connection to Vegapunk’s man-made Devil Fruit – the supposedly defunct product that he ate out of chronic hunger! It sure as hell doesn’t seem like Nami & Co. have the upper hand at this juncture and I suspect a third party, Zoro or perhaps even the Heart Pirates, could come to their rescue – there’s bound to be a pickup in both action and drama, and it goes without saying I’m very much looking forward to seeing all of that!
- So many “derpy” faces! – I was able to recognize the work of Edvard Munch and Pablo Picasso. What else did I miss?
- Jora looks nothing like the Mermaid Princess – They’re both giants but Shirahoshi is way cuter!
- Bellamy seems pretty reluctant to carry out the assassination – Does that make him a potential candidate for the Straw Hat crew?
- It appears that Bartolomeo and Luffy have a history together – Tell me something news, everybody wants a piece of the Straw Hat!
- Cavendish is so grudging and vindictive – The day when he gets his ass handed to him can’t come soon enough!
tl;dr: @SeishunRC – #OnePiece 714: Don’t you piss Luffy off, it’s a one-hit KO! Nami & Co. are in trouble, who’s coming to their rescue? #Manga