As expected, the coliseum fight has quickly evolved into a two-way showdown – it’s a bona fide clash of the titans, one that pits Lucy against the ever-so-menacing Don Chinjao! I’m not going to lie – I haven’t been the biggest fan of this particular plot thread! The tournaments at Corrida Coliseum are hardly the most fascinating and I’m afraid I couldn’t care less about the new characters who, like a bad penny, keeps turning up incessantly! That said, my impression has somewhat improved since the introduction of Don Chinjao and there’s no denying it – this was a great chapter and nothing gets me more excited than to see a crackle of Haki collision! There’s not a whole lot we can say about Don Chinjao at this stage, but his formidability as a combatant is certainly beyond doubt – not only is he a one-in-a-million that possesses the Haoushoko no Haki, Chinjao also boasts a hefty bounty that is over 500 million, which is one of the highest that we’ve ever heard of! The history that he shares with Garp is quite a fine state of affairs – his vehement hate for Luffy’s grandfather is nothing short of apparent and unfortunately for Lucy, it doesn’t seem like Chinjao’s going to back off until he has claimed his revenge! As fearsome as Chinjao is, he was, in all likelihood, still no match for the former Marine Vice Admiral – that’s unquestionably a testament to Garp’s sheer might, and you have to wonder just how powerful the Hero of the Marines was, so much so that he was able to keep an opponent as intimidating as this one at bay!
I expect Luffy to ultimately emerge victorious – but make no mistake about it, this is going to be an uphill battle! Don Chinjao is perhaps the most powerful opponent that Luffy has to face since the two-year time-skip – the adversaries that he has confronted thus far doesn’t quite pose as big of a challenge, and Luffy will probably have to give it his all in this battle of grandeur! The concept of Haki has always been a great interest of mine – there’s so much more about the mystical power that we have yet to figure out, and now that we have two skilled users on the same stage, I expect a lot more information to be revealed. For now, it seems like Luffy intends to hold on to his disguise and such a constraint would, no question, hold back his Devil Fruit abilities – you can’t have Lucy launching Gomu Gomu no Pistols if he wants to keep his identity concealed! His Haki abilities – and perhaps some of the Gear Second Techniques – will probably pick up most of the slack, but it remains to be seen if that alone is enough to defeat Don Chinjao! Chinjao’s eyes, at present, are focused squarely on his quest for vengeance – but let’s not forget, the Ka no Kuni trio are here on a mission, an ulterior motive that Sai alluded to back at Chapter 708! Their true intention remains a mystery and nobody knows how all of that will fit into the bigger picture – does winning the coliseum fight even matter? Whether it’s Lucy’s coliseum showdown, Law’s three-way face-off or Robin’s adventure at Tontatta Kingdom, things are certainly heating up in every way! The Dressrosa Arc is turning out to be quite a thrill ride and it goes without saying that I can’t wait to see how everything unfolds – slowly but surely, the many cards that Oda sensei keeps close to his chest will be brought to light!
- A crackle of Haki collision! – I think my heart just skipped a beat!
- I see cannon fodders everywhere! – Ideo, Jean the Bandit, and the “Jake Jake” Funk Brothers, they were all taken out almost instantly!
- “Give me back my helmet! What’s with that derp face?” – The camouflage stays, Lucy the trap makes her grand return!
- “Why can’t I hit you” – It’s the Kenbunshoku no Haki! Jean the Bandit is not going to last a second against those from Level 6.
- Oh no, Scotch has captured granny! Will Caribou come to her rescue? Fat chance!
tl;dr: @SeishunRC – #OnePiece 716: Clash of the titans and a crackle of Haki collision!! Who will be the Last Man Standing? #Manga