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Another week has gone by and we’ve managed to watch even more One Piece. This week we watched episodes 688 – 746. We made it to the end of the Dressrosa arc. These last 58 episodes were really awesome and full of both new and exciting things like Luffy going into “Fourth Gear”, defeating Doflamingo, Sabo’s past and the formation of the Straw Hat Fleet.

First up has to be Fourth Gear. Luffy got 2nd and 3rd gear pretty much back to back during the Water 7 arc, so we haven’t seen Luffy get a brand new form in about 400 episodes. The hype for this form was real! Luffy bulked up his body and covered himself in haki. He got these cool marks on his body that were modeled after his devil fruit. Needless to say, Luffy looked super cool.

He also showed off all of his new abilities that came with this new form that he called bounce man. On top of the increase of speed, strength, and pure destructive power, Luffy can fly in this form. He beats up Doflamingo like a rag doll. Until he runs out of Haki.

Luffy gets some rest for 10 minutes, thanks to friends, and once he gets his Haki back, he takes down Doflamingo in one mighty blow just as he told the citizens he would.

After, Doflamingo’s defeat the Navy took him in. Luffy fell asleep and got some much-needed rest. While Luffy was asleep his brother Sabo came to the house where the Straw Hats were staying and he told them what happened to him. We find out that Sabo had a really bad case of memory loss and didn’t remember anything from before Dragon saved his life. When Ace died his memory came back, it was a touching story. We got to see him grow up with the revolutionary army which was pretty cool.

Lastly, after the Straw Hats departed Dressrosa all of their new allies made the decision to become subordinates under Luffy, even though that’s not really what Luffy wanted. Regardless the new Straw Hat Fleet was formed and it has 5,600 members. Luffy is well on his way to becoming king of the pirates. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

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This week we watched episodes 638-644. We had family visiting so we didn’t get to watch many episodes but the episodes we did get to watch were pretty fun.

First, we got to see who won block B at the Corrida Colosseum. Unsurprisingly the winner was the “number one pirate who should just go away” Bartolomeo. His power was pretty cool though. He’s a barrier human who ate the Barrier-Barrier Fruit! Not a single competitor in Block was able to lay a finger on him. Every time they tried they simply hurt themselves.

Meanwhile, Sanji went and beat up the people Violet asked him too. Of course, it all turned out to be a trap and Violet really is an assassin of the Don Quixote family. She handcuffs Sanji and beats him up. Then she reveals that she ate the Glare-Glare Fruit and became quite an insightful woman. She has the ability to see inside others minds. When she looked in Sanji’s mind she saw umm… Let’s just call it Sanji’s love for women. Violet started to believe what Sanji was saying about how he feels about a woman’s tears after looking into his mind. Apparently Violet didn’t really want to work for Doflamingo. She turned on her comrades and used her impressive “Eye Whale” ability to incapacitate them.

Later, Violet uses her devil fruit power to let Sanji see inside her mind to show him that Doflamingo had fooled them. He never actually quit the Seven Warlords and the newspapers were all false.

Meanwhile, Law, Usopp, and Robin escorted Caesar to the exchange point on Green Bit. For what feels like convenient plot purposes Law sends Usopp and Robin to explore the island. They end up being captured by some strong little people and get taken to their village underground. However, they do end up talking their way out of trouble.

By the time Law get’s a call from Sanji to tell him what’s going on it’s too late. Joker has arrived and so has the new Navy admiral Fujitora. This leads to an epic three-way battle. At least that’s what it looks like it was going to lead to. Instead we just see Fujitora show off his incredible power. He swings his sword towards the sky and a giant meteorite comes down from the Sky. All three of the fighters manage to protect themselves. The Navy soldiers and Caesar just run to avoid the blast. It looks like Law is just trying to buy some time. Instead of fighting he runs away into the Green Bit Forest.

Meanwhile, both Sanji and Franky find out the location of the factory, apparently, it is disguised as a toy house. While they are heading over to the factor the Battle Royal for Block C beings at the Coliseum. Block is Luffy’s Block. It takes him a little while to get used to fighting without showing his Gum-Gum powers, but he gets the hang of it.

Luffy ends up taming a the Brutal Bull and taking down a giant. He quickly becomes a crowd favorite to win. Thanks to his strength speed and haki Luffy is sure to win even if he doesn’t display his Gum-Gum powers. There are so many stories being told this arc I can’t wait to see how everything comes together in the end.

Episodes 629-637

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This week was pretty busy for us we didn’t get to watch much One Piece at all. We only managed to get in 9 episodes but those episodes were the beginning of the next Arc of One Piece,”Dressrosa” before the arc started though we did get some interesting news. Buggy the Clown has become one of the Seven Warlords. It’s not really relevant to the plot right now but it was so unbelievable when I saw that I felt I just had to mention it.

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Now, on to the things that are actually important to the plot. The Straw Hats along with Trafalgar Law are using their newly formed alliance to try and take down one of the four emperors. The next step in their plan is to hand Caesar back over to Doflamingo. Meanwhile, another group will go destroy the factory where they are making these man-made Zoan type devil fruits. A third team will stay behind and guard the ship.

Of course, Luffy’s team gets separated fairly quickly. Some “fairy” steals one of Zoro’s swords so he has to go after it. Sanji and Kin’Emon (the samurai) go after him but Sanji gets distracted by a beautiful dancer named Violet and the samurai just gets lost.

Meanwhile, Luffy and Franky find out that there is a tournament being held at the Corrida Colosseum and the prize is the Flare-Flare fruit. That’s the Devil fruit that gave Luffy’s brother Ace his powers. Apparently, when a devil fruit eater dies the power of that devil fruit is then reproduced somewhere else in the world. Doflamingo got his hands on the new flare-flare fruit and put it as a prize for the tournament drawing in all types of strong fighters. Luffy doesn’t want some stranger to possess Ace’s power so of course, he enters the tournament.

The tournament consists of four battle royals the winner of each battle royal will move to the main tournament. There are plenty of interesting looking new characters in this tournament. I can’t wait to see the fights. I am pretty sure Luffy is going to when the whole thing. He entered under the name Lucy but he’s still going to have some trouble keeping his true identity a secret.

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