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LoneLobo
September 19, 2009, 06:09 PM
Welcome! After a small break One Piece is back and we finally get to know how Luffy got... into the sky. Not much else to say here, but check out Bittmans Review when it comes out as well, he's also doing a great job. [/Commercial] Time is money, so let's start right away!

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Page 01 Panty payback...

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This cover story is now so predictable... Brook seems to have gotten his panties (congratulations! just try every time, one day it will work out!) and now it's time to pay back by fighting for the people who do not fight. So he will help him them out and show them how to fight... I think that's all =P
The title indicates a meeting between Luffy and Whitebeard, but will there be more between those two? No, not what you think ;) Anyway, let's take a closer look.

Page 02-04 Above the ocean

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We get to know that the ship was picked up by the wave and then frozen on top of it. Bad luck. Luffy has the (brilliant?) idea to slide down the ice and first Buggy is totally opposed to it, but Luffy's optimism changes his mind and Buggy now wants to try it. Why the change of heart? No idea. But then there's the news that the execution will be soon. The indeed work together and, of course, the ship is not sliding back but falls down. A bad plan went wrong...

Page 05-12 Not much happening I

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That panel reminds of something we have seen way back in chapter 218, but it still is an awesome picture. Anyway, time for the typical reactions. Everybody looks at them, everyone is surprised. Jimbei got the shit end of the stick (I love this idiom xD) and rescues the fruit users out of the sea. Luffy meanwhile is already on the ship again and finally Ace and him are reunited. Well, at least they see each other. And then we got a badass double-spread with the five main escapees. Damn, I like that. But... is the world ready for Buggy? I think not, because I am not ready for Buggy xD
And then we got a priceless panel with the super pissed of Sengoku because again one relative of Garp is ruining his plans and causing a ruckus. Garp himself is shocked to. So the page is again there to show us the many reactions the apperance of Luffy and co. caused. Fullbody is surprised, Boa is glad that Luffy is save, Moria is surprised and probably totally pissed and Mihawk... well, he is Mihawk. Corby is overwhelmed by Luffy's awesomeness, Doflamingo has fun because now all Shichibukais are there... damn, just reactions! But Smoker is used by Oda to direct our focus again at Crocodile and this unusual alliance.
Sengoku now asks Jimbei if this is his answer. What? I think it was clear a lot of chapters ago that Jimbei wasn't really fond of Sengokus decision to kill Ace and that rampaging in Impel Down was obvious. Well, it seems Sengoku didn't get the message when he threw Jimbei in a prison cell.

Page 12-15 Not much happening II

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Garp speaks the truth by pointing out that this is a screwed-up team. Much like the Shichibukai IMO. Like Smoker Iva-san now reminds us of Crocodile. And what is our beloved evil ex-Shichibukai doing? Well, going after Whitebeard of course. Important point: Whitebeard notices (!) Crocodile but still does nothing. Why? Well, he is Whitebeard, remember? ;)
Buggy is angry because Crocodile steals Buggy's glory (lol) and now it really gets interesting. "It's been a while, Whitebeard." First, they know each other. Second, maybe Whitebeard crushed Crocodile in the past and that's why he turned into what he is. Remember, Crocodile was once exactly like Luffy. And Luffy interrupts and kicks Crocodile. Notice again: Luffy in Gear 2nd, but just for this brief moment. Maybe Luffy mastered his Gear 2nd a bit more and can now switch between "normal" mode and Gear 2nd faster, therefore using it longer and more effective. Crocodile sure is pissed because Luffy kicked him, but well, Luffy doesn't care. Whitebeard cares not too, so Crocodile doesn't seem to be important to him. His attention is rather focused on the strawhat and that this is Ace's brother.

Page 16-17 Luffy and Whitebeard

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Whitebeard tells him (like the Nyo granny from Amazon Lilly) that he is useless in this war and Luffy.. well, you know him. He couldn't care less. He also doesn't care that this is Whitebeard he is talking with. And tells him that HE will become the Pirate King, not Whitebeard. Everyone stunned. And Whitebeard? Well, he is confused at first and is kinda speechless. BUT, then he does what he can best: he smiles. This is probably the first time in ages that someone wasn't obeisant in front of him. And he likes that spirit! The order to kill every new intruder concludes this chapter after the awesome picture with Luffy and Whitebeard.

Conclusion and Predictions

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Well, pretty short review, isn't it? Was I too lazy this time? Maybe. But actually, this chapter doesn't offer much to talk about. Really, I had a hard time talking about all the stuff because I didn't want to summarize everything. Did I like this chapter? Actually, not really, but it was okay. It had its moments, Luffy joining Whitebeard, kicking Crocodile and Whitebeard smiling. However, it was a necessary chapter to set-up everything for the chapters that will follow. But I was glad to have a chapter with just two double-spreads. The next chapter will probably be more action.
So, what will happen? It's a bit hard to predict because everything could happen. But I think Whitebeard and Luffy will attempt to rescue Ace now. Maybe there will be a flashback with Crocodile and Whitebeard, but I doubt that.

Have a nice day ;)

LoneLobo

Credits: All chapter 557 pictures taken from Franky House, the picture from chapter 218 is taken from unknown.

Kuranzyan
September 20, 2009, 04:09 AM
Someone on the One Piece forum said somewhere, I don't remember where, that Whitebeard possibly sees Gol D. Roger's spirit in Luffy. Sounds credible enough, and judging from Whitebeard's "I'll be damned" it probably is!

chihoho
September 20, 2009, 01:11 PM
what i like about the chapter was that Luffy doesn't care what status you have, he judge people from the personalities. Whitebeard treated luffy like a kid and luffy talk trash back.

LoneLobo
September 23, 2009, 06:45 AM
what i like about the chapter was that Luffy doesn't care what status you have, he judge people from the personalities. Whitebeard treated luffy like a kid and luffy talk trash back.

Exactly! Everybody is "afraid" of Whitebeard and bows their head before him, but Luffy doesn't care about social status or something like that (example: when he punched that slave holder at Shabondy Archipelago).


Someone on the One Piece forum said somewhere, I don't remember where, that Whitebeard possibly sees Gol D. Roger's spirit in Luffy. Sounds credible enough, and judging from Whitebeard's "I'll be damned" it probably is!

Well, it could be. But a "I'll be damned" can be interpreted in many ways. And after just seeing Luffy talking back at him I don't think it is enough to show Whitebeard Gold Roger's spirit. BUT, good thinking. It may be happening in the next few chapters.