I have to say this chapter has got to be the best since I begun reading the manga from Punk Hazard. So much happened its just amazing.
We get a sort of final closure to the situation in Dressrosa. The citizens are happy, the dwarves are introduced to the citizens, we see construction of Lucy, Kyros and God Usopp (lol) statues and right as we leave Dressrosa the country is referred to in the same way as it was in the beginning, a country of love and passion.
Everything else about this chapter was hype.
We see Lucci and maybe Spandam in Dressrosa, and if the translation is correct, they are both part of CP Aegis 0. Its also funny to note Lucci seems to be more superior in rank to Spandam, a funny role reversal. There is no way that isnt Lucci, the bird and the facial hair are identical.
We also have Doffy giving another classic speech about the new era. He’s chained the shit down on a navy ship, yet he is giving Vice-Admiral Tsuru some attitude and lamenting the lack of co-operation between him and the Navy.
But holy crap, the hype he generated. Talking about control of the seas, showing a great spread of all the well known characters of power in the New World, showing us silhouettes of Kaido and Big Mom and quite possible a wavey haired Green Bull. He even coined it ‘The Throne Wars’, a possible reference to Game of Thrones and perhaps teasing us as to what kind of power struggle is coming in the near future.
We also get a mention of Captain Jack, which I’m sure most people agree was the same Jack referred to in the Underworld Brokers broadcast on Punk Hazard. But man the hype becomes even more insane with the short spill on him. He seems to want to free Doffy from the Navy ships escorting him to Impel Down. This is despite the fact there is an Admiral, a former Fleet Admiral and possible up to three Vice-Admirals all present on these four ships. This Jack guy is a ballsy beast by the sounds of it. His ‘do you even know who I am’ attitude makes him seem so incredible, he has to be pretty powerful when you consider the opposition he’s faced with.
The Going Luffy-Senpai. This had me in tears of laughter. Barto’s ship has a stretching Luffy figurehead, a whole crew with the exact same ‘blinded by awesome’ mentality and even has framed wanted posters with some signatures on the side. To top it off, they even roll out a red carpet to the posters for the SH crew to see.
In a small flashback, we see that Luffy gives a piece of Vivre Card to some others (presumably the SH fleet captains), but most importantly we see what Bellamy decided he was going to do. It looks like he’s happy to remain friends, but not intending to join the pirate alliance. We will definitely see him again in the future.
BOUNTIES OMFG. Was jumping for joy to see even the SH’s who weren’t on Dressrosa got increased bounties. Clearly something big has gone down, especially with Sanji’s poster being changed to ‘Wanted Only Alive’. Something really big about Sanji is going to be revealed, and this was the perfect way to end the chapter.
Luffy and Law on a lofty 500 mill, Zoro looking badass with a huge 320 mill, Robin and Franky getting decent increases and GOD DAMN USOPP on 200 mill with his unconscious face! Next we see Brook and Nami getting 50mill increases to 83 and 66 mill respectively, Chopper increasing a massive 100% to 100 beri and Sanji finally getting a real picture and a 100 mill increase to 177.
Nothing about this chapter was in any respect bad. It was all fantastic, top tier storytelling.
So excited for the coming chapters!