EP 645-659

This week we watched episodes 645-659. There were a few cool things that we saw from the Colosseum, like another form of fusion and Luffy’s battle with Don Chinjao for the winner of block C. Outside the Colosseum, we learned more about the History of Dressrosa.

First, let’s go over the quick updates on what’s happening in the Colosseum Lucy (horrible fake name for Luffy) is still fighting in the battle royal for block C. In block C there is a pair of brothers fighting. One of them is short and ruthless and the other is big and strong but he refuses to hurt anyone. The smaller brother got angry after being called a shrimp and getting beat up by one of the other contestants. He then reveals that he has devil fruit powers. He has the ability to turn himself into a skin jacket. He orders his brother to put him on and then he completely takes over his brother’s big strong body. Then he becomes a truly powerful and tenacious fighter. He couldn’t hold a candle to Luffy but it was cool to see another form of fusion in One Piece.

Luffy ends up fighting Don Chinjao who has a grudge against his Grandpa that his so deep he’s vowed to take it out on his children’s children which means Luffy. Apparently, Grandpa Garp flattened Don Chinjao’s pointy head which was the key to his special treasure. It’s pretty outlandish but it’s just the way it is sometimes. Don Chinjao’s Haki is really strong though which made for an entertaining fight. Of course, Luffy won in the end. On his final punch of the fight, Luffy restored the point on Don Chinjao’s head.

Meanwhile, outside the Colosseum, we learn a little bit about the history between the country of Dressrosa and the Don Quixote family. Like 900 years ago the Don Quixote family ruled over Dressrosa. When the 20 kings of different countries came together to form World Government (800 years ago) they moved all of their families to “The Holy Land of Mariejois”. Those families eventually became known as the Celestial Dragons. Don Quixote Doflamingo is a decedent of the same family that once ruled over Dressrosa. He came back and took over the country 9 years ago. He deceived the people and made them hate their current king.

The whole story is well thought out and it uses little pieces of information that we’ve been getting over the past 650 episodes. I love how One Piece keeps paying off all of these little details they’ve been dropping over the course of the show. This is one of the strengths of this long-running series. I can’t wait to see where the story goes from here.

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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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