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Annotated Anime: One Piece episodes 722-724

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And now we close on another year in Dressrosa. We had made substantial progress through the arc with most of the executive fights over and only the biggest fight to tackle now. The pacing is still slower than a tortoise and the animation quality fluctuates more so than Doc Brown's Time travelling machine but they're getting better. I just hope for 2016 we're still not in Dressrosa. I really really hope that we're still not in Dressrosa. 


Episode 722: A Blade of Tenacity - The Gamma Knife Counterattack!
I will skip the first half of the episode as it boils down to the rest of Dressrosa suddenly realising that the Birdcage is slowly closing in around them. The morbid person within me wanted to see some people getting sliced up like cheese slices by the Birdcage. Doflamingo states that it will take an hour to destroy everything and that he can always rebuild a new kingdom. Marines attempt to evacuate civilians back to the centre of Dressrosa whilst Usopp panics and the rest of the cast look nervously towards the Castle where Luffy is battling Doflamingo. 

Back on the roof, Luffy barrages Doflamingo with attacks and vice versa. These few shots are dynamic and energetic showing off Luffy's agility at avoiding Doflamingo's string attacks. I could do without the multicolour string as it makes his attacks look less lethal and more childish and cheap looking. As Luffy closes the gap between him and Doflamingo, Law uses shambles to plant a Gamma Knife Attack on Doflamingo. In a turn of events, Law had created a room so large that it was unable to be seen outwards by Trebol allowing him to get the drop on the Heavenly Demon. Law's supposed death was faked and just like most magicians there was a body double that took the brunt of the damage, in this case, was a nearby Doflamingo pirate. The body switch was a smart move. 

Together Law and Luffy were able to bring Doflamingo to the ground. Trebol is happy not to contribute for some reason and is more inclined to shout encouraging messages to Doflamingo. The plot progression could've taken 5 minutes to do, 10 minutes if you extended it to make it more dramatic and flashy with top notch animation which they did. The rest of the episode were re-treads of old material or reactions to the Birdcage event. And despite this, those 10 minutes of Law, Luffy and Doflamingo fighting were worth watching the whole episode. 

I would expect this to be near the end game for Doflamingo if it not for next episode's title.

Episode 723: Haki Clash! - Luffy vs. Doflamingo
Like a horror movie, Doflamingo stands tall after a bad fall. In classic One Piece fashion, there is more than one way a devil fruit power can come in handy and it's all up to the creativity of its user. In this case, Doflamingo is able to use his string powers to repair all the internal damage caused by the Gamma Knife attack. I'm pretty sure you have to be medically trained to be messing around with the insides of a human and I doubt a guy like Doflamingo is. Before Doflamingo is able to kill Law (for good this time), he is interrupted by Luffy and begins to have a Haki Struggle (the One Piece equivalent of a beam struggle in DBZ).

The big reveal in this episode is that Doflamingo also possesses the extremely rare Conqueror's Haki or Haki of the Colour of the Conquering King if we were to give it the literal translation. He first demonstrated it when he and his family were being tied up and tortured showing how they were able to get out of that mess. Trebol discovered Doflamingo and took him under his wing presenting him with his signature weapons; a pistol and the String-String Fruit. Trebol's ominous narration explains that Doflamingo is the one chosen by heaven showing qualities of a king foreshadowing his lineage as a resident of Mariejois. We also see a young Vergo with a silly bowl cut. He looks like a mega dork as a kid,

Finally, the episode turns into Dragon Ball Z as the action is so fast you can only see the impact from air pockets appearing in a zig-zagging line. Luffy relentlessly attacks Doflamingo as the latter defends or gets hit. Nothing really phases Doffy throughout this episode. It ends almost as it had begun with Doflamingo mocking their attempts, Law on the ground too weak to fight the Luffy struggling to keep up. 

Episode 724: Unassailable! The Stunning Secret of Trebol!
Misleading titles are common in One Piece so after watching this episode I'm still not 100% certain about what Trebol's stunning secret really is. The episode begins with Trebol holding down Luffy so Doflamingo could finish off Law without interruption. However, Law's provocative calling at Trebol gains his attention and proceeds to make Law the next upcoming bukkake actor. Trebol's power isn't derived from a Logia fruit. His sticky-sticky power is actually papier mache as his body is hidden within all the sticky substance making him immune to Haki imbued attacks. Could this be Trebol's stunning secret?

Law's big mouth causes Trebol to recount how Doflamingo was found by him, Pica, Diamante and Vergo. They pledged their allegiance to the young Doflamingo as they saw potential in the boy due to his Haki. Every little thing that had hurt Doflamingo, the family would go on and destroy making them a very powerful crime family rather than pirate. Think Godfather instead of Pirates of the Carribean. Through this, they groomed Doflamingo into a selfish, ambitious man and the evilest person destined to be the king of the sea. Despite acting like they are under Doflamingo as one of the executives, Trebol reckons he and Doflamingo were equals since it was Trebol that gave Doflamingo his start as a powerful individual. Is Trebol being equal to Doffy the stunning secret? I would expect at this point for Doflamingo to prove otherwise and destroy Trebol and then make a speech about how he was just using the family for his own gain i.e. what Law was saying the whole time. 

I think this episode was already entertaining with another flashback covering how Doflamingo was integrated into the rest of the family but then it got better. Law manipulates his severed arm (somehow still gripping his sword) and drives it into Trebol revealing a very frail old man beneath all the gunk. It was completely out of the blue as I had expected Law to do another switch a roo. Trebol's mucus is actually flammable and as a last-ditch attempt ignites everything completely destroying the castle roof. Is the flammable property of the mucus the stunning secret?

Fortunately, Luffy is able to grab Law and escape with Doflamingo following swiftly behind. Apparently Doflamingo has no need for a frail old man with a massive gash over his torso. The episode closes out 2015 on a cliffhanger as bullet strings heading towards Law and Robin. I have a feeling that Luffy's fight was Doflamingo will finally begin here now that Trebol has been defeated. Law is also in the presence of Mansherry so he can get fixed up and possibly join the fight. Whether her powers extend to reattaching limbs has yet to be seen. 

[One Piece streams weekly on FUNimation]

[One Piece streams weekly on FUNimation]


Episode 722: A Blade of Tenacity - The Gamma Knife Counterattack!
I will skip the first half of the episode as it boils down to the rest of Dressrosa suddenly realising that the Birdcage is slowly closing in around them. Doflamingo states that it will take an hour to destroy everything and that he can always rebuild a new kingdom. Marines attempt to evacuate civilians back to the centre of Dressrosa whilst Usopp panics and the rest of the cast look nervously towards the Castle where Luffy is battling Doflamingo. The morbid person within me wanted to see some people getting sliced up like cheese slices by the Birdcage. 

Back on the roof, Luffy barrages Doflamingo with attacks and vice versa. These few shots are dynamic and energetic showing off Luffy's agility at avoiding Doflamingo's string attacks. I could do without the multicolour string as it makes his attacks look less lethal and more 

 

Episode 723: Haki Clash! - Luffy vs. Doflamingo

[One Piece streams weekly on FUNimation]

[One Piece streams weekly on FUNimation]


Episode 722: A Blade of Tenacity - The Gamma Knife Counterattack!
I will skip the first half of the episode as it boils down to the rest of Dressrosa suddenly realising that the Birdcage is slowly closing in around them. Doflamingo states that it will take an hour to destroy everything and that he can always rebuild a new kingdom. Marines attempt to evacuate civilians back to the centre of Dressrosa whilst Usopp panics and the rest of the cast look nervously towards the Castle where Luffy is battling Doflamingo. The morbid person within me wanted to see some people getting sliced up like cheese slices by the Birdcage. 

Back on the roof, Luffy barrages Doflamingo with attacks and vice versa. These few shots are dynamic and energetic showing off Luffy's agility at avoiding Doflamingo's string attacks. I could do without the multicolour string as it makes his attacks look less lethal and more childish and cheap looking. As Luffy closes the gap between him and Doflamingo, Law uses shambles to plant a Gamma Knife Attack on Doflamingo. In a turn of events, Law had created a room so large that it was unable to be seen outwards by Trebol allowing him to get the drop on the Heavenly Demon. Law's supposed death was faked and just like most magicians there was a body double that took the brunt of the damage, in this case, was a nearby Doflamingo pirate. The body switch was a smart move. After that many bullets pumped into a guy I didn't think Law would survive. But this is One Piece so he could've managed a few more episodes slowly bleeding to death or to unleash his final ultimate attack that he's been saving for a suicidal attempt to kill the main bad guy. 

Together Law and Luffy were able to bring Doflamingo to the ground. Trebol is happy not to contribute for some reason and is more inclined to shout encouraging messages to Doflamingo instead of physically helping him out. The plot progression could've taken 5 minutes to do, 10 minutes if you extended it to make it more dramatic and flashy with top notch animation which they did. The rest of the episode were re-treads of old material or reactions to the Birdcage event. And despite this, those 10 minutes of Law, Luffy and Doflamingo fighting were worth watching the whole episode. 

I would expect this to be near the end game for Doflamingo if it not for next episode's title.

Episode 723: Haki Clash! - Luffy vs. Doflamingo

[One Piece streams weekly on FUNimation]

[One Piece streams weekly on FUNimation]


Episode 722: A Blade of Tenacity - The Gamma Knife Counterattack!
I will skip the first half of the episode as it boils down to the rest of Dressrosa suddenly realising that the Birdcage is slowly closing in around them. Doflamingo states that it will take an hour to destroy everything and that he can always rebuild a new kingdom. Marines attempt to evacuate civilians back to the centre of Dressrosa whilst Usopp panics and the rest of the cast look nervously towards the Castle where Luffy is battling Doflamingo. The morbid person within me wanted to see some people getting sliced up like cheese slices by the Birdcage. 

Back on the roof, Luffy barrages Doflamingo with attacks and vice versa. These few shots are dynamic and energetic showing off Luffy's agility at avoiding Doflamingo's string attacks. I could do without the multicolour string as it makes his attacks look less lethal and more 

 

Episode 723: Haki Clash! - Luffy vs. Doflamingo

[One Piece streams weekly on FUNimation]

[One Piece streams weekly on FUNimation]

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