The first of the chapters may not have been spectacular, but there were certainly a few laughs. There wasn’t much in there in terms of content that we weren’t expecting. I guess it was just one of those chapters that has to be done but holds no real value in the long-term but it did provide entertainment non-the-less.

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Chapter 798 on the other hand was a lot more interesting.

 

CHAPTER 797 – REBECCA

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ZORO’S DIRECTION!

The chapter started off with one of the long running gags related to Zoro’s directional sense or lack of it. Having agreed to Luffy that they would meet him at the eastern port, Zoro begins to lead the team away only for Bartolomeo to intervene that the direction he was headed in was not actually east.

It seems Barty is already aware of Zoro’s problem considering he’s a fan-boy like us and finds it totally cool despite the obvious fault in Zoro. I love how he can use his barriers as invisible walls that the marines all run in to.

Barty is actually leading the way with a flag to guide the rest of the crew. We have Robin-San (looking as cute as ever); Franky, Kanjuro and Kinemon running beside her. There’s Bellamy, Zoro and Law at the back and in between them all is a Usopp who’s managed to fall face first in the run. The fact that Usopp’s nose has bent out of place is just hilarious.

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PIRATE ALLIANCE!

Bastille is aware the pirates are heading for the eastern port but upon checking his men posted there, he learns that they’ve all been defeated by the pirate alliance. I mean seriously dude, these guys are so easy to defeat, and did he honestly expect them to still be holding out.

The pirate alliance is awesome and I love the fact Baby-5 has joined them.

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RUNS IN THE BLOOD!

So just like her mother, Rebecca decided she doesn’t want the life of her princess and only requires happiness. She wants to spend time with her dad and if it means running away from the royal life, so be it. Not like she’d experienced it in the first place so nothing lost in that department but she has finally gained a dad.

We were expecting something along those lines and it took Luffy kidnapping Rebecca to make all this happen. The scene was quite touching when she made her decision in regards to Kyros. Almost bought a tear to my eye.

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CHAPTER RATING: 5/10

This chapter wasn’t the greatest in comparison to what we had last week but it was above mediocre and I was satisfied with how the plot is progressing.

CHAPTER 798 – HEART

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NO SUCH THING AS FAIRIES!

The marines had to face the wrath of the fairies similar to what Zoro had experienced early on in this arc… Two years ago now I think. The dwarves have hit the marine camp hard, stealing anything and everything that can be named a weapon. That puts them out of action and makes things a lot easier for our pirates to escape.

If that hadn’t been enough, our little Leo has stitched the ships together and even stitched marines to the ground, much the bewilderment of the entire marine force. They obviously are not aware of the devil-fruit abilities of the ferocious little warrior.

Even Princess Mon-Cheri is doing her bit despite how immoral it seems to her. Good Ol’ Mowji is the devil on her shoulder. But it’s for a just cause after all. The pirates don’t deserve to be captured after all they’ve done for the country.

THE WILL OF THE HEART!

It seems Sengoku has been trying to put two and two together all this time and although he had very strong suspicions, they were finally confirmed at the hands of Trafalgar Law himself. He is the reason why Rosinante lied to him in the whole mess-up leading up to the Ope-Ope Fruit’s disappearance and the capture of Doflamingo failing at the time.

The two have a chat and there are again some talks about the Will of D. but nothing concrete is revealed. Sengoku definitely knows something after Law reveals his full name but dismisses it in front of the former Shichibukai, telling Law to forget about it and claims Rosinante knew nothing of it either.

The two can agree upon Law having completed Rosinante’s will in bringing an end to Doflamingo’s reign. They both were close to Corason. Law looking up to him like an elder brother and Sengoku seeing him like a son. So you could say the two of them have a distant family bonding through the death of a mutual loved one.

He doesn’t show any love for Law, claiming he would have captured him should he still be an active marine but he does tell Law to live on for Corason and remember him. That’s the only thing you could truly do that would be appreciated by him.

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THE PURPLE TIGER!

Issho isn’t usually violent but when you piss a quiet man, you know you’re in trouble. The blind admiral picked the world up. Like literally lifted the debris around in to the air and was ready to launch everything down, destroying everybody in the area.

I’m talking crazy amounts of damage here. Can you imagine building upon broken building falling upon your ass from the skies? This is what Fujitora is capable of. He’s not an admiral for nothing. These guys are seriously strong and are the marine’s answer to the Yonkou.

DOESN’T TAKE A GENIUS!

Everybody knows the pirates are screwed. King Riku knows. Violet knows. Even the Tontatta’s know, and they’re the most dim-witted when it comes to realising things. Those incredible little people are ready to come to Usolands help, despite what they see ahead of them.

Barty calls it cheating because the power Fujitora possesses is over-powered, even in comparison to the ability of the Bartomoleo’s Barrier-Barrier Fruit.

PUNCH OF THE YEAR!

Now this moment was badass. Luffy is running for the ship, Barty tells him to dodge Fuji and make a break for it. Luffy has speed so it is possible and it makes sense considering Fujitora is a frickin’ admiral.

But Luffy doesn’t accept Barty’s advice. In fact, he completely ignores it and nails the admiral with a punch. His reasoning behind it what makes this punch epic. He claims that he can’t run away from these fights anymore. He has to take these guys on if he wants to become the pirate king and be the crew leader the straw-hats can look up to. Fair play Luffy but how the hell are you going to defeat Fuji-fookin-tora?

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CHAPTER RATING: 7/10

This chapter was much better and the unexpected encounter in the end was really worth the read. Looks like we’ve got another final fight on our hands.

by Sam Leach, Jul 17th 2017

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It"s been almost 800 episodes and I still stand with the One Piece anime as a way to enjoy this series, even if its heyday is behind us. Most of it comes from an acknowledgement that the production values have in fact never been consistent and the show"s worst pacing issues have been present since at least the 300s, and yet that"s never stopped people from falling in love with the series. It also helps that nowadays you get the occasional amazing episode that"s way above something you would have seen in the early years.

But every now and then even I get a little glum, particularly whenever the show has to flashback to earlier animation and I realize how much I miss the way it used to look. That feeling returns this week as we finally get confirmation that one of Big Mom"s many children is none other than Lola from Thriller Bark, while the lookalike who"s married to Capone is her twin sister. This triggers a series of flashbacks to the Thriller Bark arc, none of which looks spectacular, but it looks the way One Piece looks in my mind"s eye. There are so many little flourishes the anime has added over the years—the softer color pallet, the increased detail in Nami"s eyes—and it all looks fine when the rest of the production is up to snuff, but if the animation"s going to feel half-finished a lot of the time anyway, I wish we had the bold colors and old designs back.

I probably wouldn"t be feeling this right now if the episode wasn"t stretched so absurdly thin. The aforementioned flashback takes up a shocking amount of screen time and I"ve already been getting exhausted by the Seducing Woods stuff. I"m at the point now where I"m trying to imagine how this arc might feel in a marathon, and even with my patient standards I think this section is going to be at least one episode too long. Clearly the production cycle is in a tight spot compared to where the manga"s story is at, and the show is begging for even a small break.

To dredge up some something positive here, when Charlotte Cracker arrives on the scene and knocks out many of Big Mom"s minions, the art on their horrified corpses after having their souls dispatched was ghastly. There"s a lot about Cracker and his upcoming fight with Luffy that"s super cool and interesting, but as of this episode there would be no way to know how big of a deal he is. His massive 860 million bounty is relegated to the next episode preview (alongside a lot of stellar looking animation) but it"s in this episode that we desperately need an adrenaline shot to keep the momentum going, and I don"t think there is one nearby.

I think that"s the problem. Cracker is a big deal, but right now he feels like just another tedious obstacle in the Seducing Woods. The setting isn"t the problem, the characters aren"t the problem, the problem is that we"ve spent so much time goofing off and going through all these repetitive challenges that I can"t imagine the few people who keep up with the anime week to week will be getting a whole lot out of the Whole Cake Island arc so far. Next week"s episode looks great, and I wish that was the one we were getting this week instead.

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Rating: C+

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