I think there is a lot between "Great" and "Mediocre". For me, it's just good and I still wait for something remotely close from Water Seven/Enies Lobby.
We didn't even get one real good fight since timeskip. Hopefully, we will get some now.
Honestly im more excited of what will happen to our beloved crew after the arc gets over than what is happening in the arc itself.
The only problem I really have with this arc is that it's really only after a year do they finally start the battle. The arc basically started at 700 and now its at 745..... there's 52 weeks in a year and considering the amount of breaks he has taken... wow.
And we still don't know what green bit really is. It's been a full year.
This arc is dragging on. And the only postiv thing that highlights the chapters are the comments of DD. Everything else seems kinda boring. The tournament was boring cause there wasn't one decent fight in it. The problem is that like in the Marineford arc Oda is overdoing it with letting so many characters taking part in this arc.
I mean we are at chapter 745 and Luffy still isn't fighting DD nor is Zoro fighting anyone.
I know a lot of you really seem to enjoy this arc but I'm waiting for an arc that could rival the CP9 arc at least a bit. This arc is missing a lot of things that the CP9 and other arcs had. But mostly it is missing that everything that is happeneing kinda is not really of Luffy's concern nor that of his crew.
I find it lame that Luffy who said that he only wants to have his freedom is going after people who didn't even come into his way. In the past it used to be that the enemy's used to come after Luffy or one of his crew mates and not the other way around.
I don't agree at all with you Mohsen, as you only seem to seek 1vs1 fights without any kind of plot, if the Ennies Lobby arc is the staple. Yeah it had great situations, but the plot itself was far from the highlight of it.
The Green Bit exchange, the Tonttata reveal, Law's struggle on the island, Jora's attack, Viola revealing the truth to Sanji, Sanji defending the Sunny from Mingo, Law recuing Sanji, the strawlyhat vs Big Mom plot, Law leading Mingo to Luffy, the massive colliseum plot line with Luffy wanting the fruit, the Sabo appearance, the S.O.P., Kyros backstory, his involvement with Franky & Co, their invasion into the port, Zoro running around XD, Luffy and co's invasion into the castle, everything falling into chaos leading to the birdcage.
It's gotten better with the recent developments, much more fruitful, imho. I'll see how it ends and maybe revise my rating.
I'm really digging the arc. I think that there's definitely a lot more sub-plots than normal, but that's a positive in my eye because they're all engaging. Now we have everything tied together in the form of Donflamingo making all of Dressora into a gladiator arena. All this build up got me thinking an emperor has to make an appearance before the end of the arc. If I'm not mistaken, no one outside Dressora knows Donflamingo lied about giving up his titles. Can't imagine the news not getting to Kaido. Either way I'm liking the direction and do hope Riku gets his throne back.
I think this arcs rating depends upon whether you liked sabo being alive or not. That was the biggest reveal of this arc. If someone didnt find that interesting, this arc would be boring for that person.
What do you think will happen after the Dressrosa arc?
I think One Piece could go in 4 directions after Dressrosa:
1 They head for Zo as planned. Kinda boring I think
2 Sanji's fight with Big Mama's ship went bad and the guy's on Sunny are captured and need rescuing. I think it's suspicious that we haven't seen any of their fight for a few chapters. But I also think it's too soon for Luffy to have an encounter with Big Mama.
3 Luffy goes with Sabo to meet his dad. My favourite scenario but probably too soon in the story.
4 They have to deal with unforeseen repercussions for attacking Doflamingo. Likely but probably won't happen because even after declaring war on the Word Government they've pretty much been able to do as they please.
You can probably tell I'm not 100% happy with these options but in the end I'm sure whatever Oda writes will be great. So what do you think?
I think it is unavoidable for them to face the aftermath of their actions against Doffy. Kaido won't be silent about the loss of his Smile supply.
They will head toward Zo, and they might find the remaining crew members beaten to death or/and captured as hostages to provoke their leader, Luffy, into emerging from whatever hideout he could be in. Zo is unavoidable too. BIg Mam was trying to sink the rest of the crew into the bottom of the sea, so she couldn't change her antsy mind into taking leisurely her time of capturing the SHs asea. Even on the off-chance something like this happens, what will become of Sunny? Hence, she will liekly follow them to Zo, corner them, beat them to death, seize Caesar from them, and send a message(e-mail on the i-snail probably ), telling their leader what has become of his adored underlings(BM's point of view of the word ).
In case the remaining crew members have escaped serendipitously the clutches of Big Mam due to a storm or whatever incredible fortune with which heaven has blessed them, and she has completely lost track of them, the other half of them will join up with them at Zo, and begin their most anticipated pursuit of the overthrow of the emperor, Kaido.
In my humble opinion, Luffy's spaed meeting with his father, Dragon, is very unlikely to happen right after the downfall of Doflamingo. Such occurrence will swerve the flow of the plot from the rails of logical expectancy into those of absolute absurdity.
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So, all of the above except Luffy meeting Dragon You make a good argument, I just really want Luffy to meet his dad. I can see why now isn't the time though. I agree with most of what you said except them being beaten to death. I don't think any of the SH's will die yet. If any die it'll probably be later on in the war Oda says will happen at the end. I mean all the crew coming out unscathed from a world wide war is probably unlikely. Unless you were using a figure of speech in which case forget this.
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Pretty easy to predict what happens next. Oda has left some huge, rather obvious, clues. Konjuro will be found, and reunited with Kinemon. A basic explanation why Kinemon was traveling to Zou will be given, with details to follow later. The Samurai's possible connection to Kaidou might also be teased, along with the reason Nami included Momo among the three cards that needed to be protected from Doflamingo. A full explanation is unlikely, but further information during the journey to Zou is probably inevitable. Sanji's plan will work, allowing the crew on the Sunny to successfully evade Big Mom. Their confrontation probably will not have any effect on the the upcoming arc, rather setting up a future storyline, will making the Sunny's escape from Dressrosa a little more exciting. Once on Zou, Law will reunite with the Heart Pirates while Luffy reunites with the remainder of the Strawhats. Afterwards Law discusses the next stage of his plan with the combined crews. Kaido probably begins setting his counterattack in motion, but it is highly unlikely he is actually shown. Oda loves dragging out the introduction of villains. Kaido is probably only shown in silhouette and won't be seen for a considerable amount of time. Some of Kaido's high ranking officers probably will be introduced instead, with one or two getting set up as the primary arc villain, completing the transition stage of the arc. Predicting any more would be silly. Oda has established enough that the transition can pretty easily be predicted. Trying to predict the next arc, based on what we know now, would require mind reading. Or writing fan fiction. Arriving on Zou is an inevitability. Oda has already established so much. Whether, or not, the next arc takes place on Zou is another question, and one that can't reasonably be answered yet.
The biggest transitional wild card is the terms under which Luffy leaves Dressrosa. There should be no doubt that, once restored to power, the Riku clan treat him as a national hero, saving the island from Doflamingo's repression. With Doflamingo gone, Dressrosa probably will want to fly the Jolly Roger of another crew, as seems to be the norm in the New World. There is a strong possibility that King Riku offers to fly the Strawhat's Jolly Roger, making Dressrosa Luffy's first allied territory in the New World. This is hardly assured, but fits well within already established plot points.
I don't think Law had a plan past Dressrosa. I think he only wanted to destroy the smile factory so Kaidou would kill Doflamingo. If Kaidou does come after Law and the SH's they'll need to come up with something quick to survive it. I also don't think Luffy's ready to claim territories until he's proven he's equal in strength or stronger than the 4 emperors. I like your other arguments though