I have no idea how Oda sensei intends to wrap up the coliseum fights, but one thing is certain – the arena was chock-a-block with action and hubbub this week, from explosions and boxing, all the way down to sniping and Hasshouken! The latest chapter of One Piece was certainly a wire-to-wire battle royal, and it seems like an end for this showdown is almost in sight! I have a hard time seeing anyone but Lucy emerging victorious – after all, he is the main character of the series and the reward in question is a memento of utmost importance from his beloved brother. Luffy would never allow the Mera Mera no Mi to fall into the wrong hands – that much is clear, but whether he has to come first, fair and square, at the coliseum match is a completely different matter. There’s indisputably more than one approach to achieve his goal and even if Luffy, by some stricken luck, loses the current match, he could always use brute force to get his hands on the Devil Fruit – a straightforward seize and make off, just like any other pirate! In fact, I’m surprised a head-on line of attack wasn’t Luffy’s first choice, and he has resisted barging right into the Donquixote headquarters for this long! This is where we must give credit where credit is due – Luffy is still his usual happy-go-lucky self, but his increased wisdom and character growth are also decidedly noticeable! The Straw Hat–Trafalgar Law Alliance and the bigger picture that their plan encompasses are obviously Lucy’s foremost concern at the moment. While his one-time juvenile self would not have think twice about wreaking havoc – no matter how ill-timed his action may seem – the conscientiousness that he has displayed here is, no doubt, a testament to Luffy’s newfound common sense, and such character development should bode well for his future adventures!
Aside from Lucy, the candidates who have made the strongest impression thus far are Don Chinjao – the former pirate who commands a hefty bounty of 500 million, and “Jean the Bandit” – the bounty hunter who seems to be aware of Lucy’s true identity. Don Chinjao is quite an imposing figure to say the least – not only was he able to go up against both Luffy and Cavendish at the same time, it was also revealed just this week that Chinjao is a one in a million who possesses the Haoushoko Haki! Jean Ango’s appearance, on the other hand, is not nearly as intimidating – but he makes up for his lack of bombast through his underhanded tactics and keen insights. His formidability as a combatant is hardly a fluke – for starters, he seems unaffected by Chinjao’s Haki blast and Jean’s prowess in the art of pilferage has perhaps made him the worst opponent for Lucy! Luffy’s camouflage is on the verge of falling apart, and make no mistake about it, there will be consequences should his real identity be brought to light! I wouldn’t put it past Oda sensei to take the unexpected route, whether it’s the concealment of Lucy’s identity or the ultimate winner of the coliseum fight, everything will remain in a constant state of flux and the jury is most certainly still out there – which, of course, points to an imminent pickup of frenzy and upheaval on the horizon!
- The Funk Brothers and the “Destruction Cannon” Ideo seem like cannon fodders to me – Color me surprised if one of them turned out to be the winner!
- Ideo’s character design reminds me of the titular mecha from Sunrise’s Densetsu Kyojin Ideon – one of my first ventures into the spectacular world of Super Robot!
- “No steak for dinner tonight” – Lucy’s being awfully nice to the “Fighting Bull”, just think about how many times he has tried to eat Chopper already!
tl;dr: @SeishunRC – #OnePiece 715: Who will Emerge Triumphant? Luffy’s camouflage is on the verge of falling apart! #Manga