I'm honestly surprised that I seem to be alone in this. In that poll about a tournament arc, so many people were against it. Yet the minute Oda started it, everyone fell in line.
The reasons for that are two-fold.
1)Oda got around the usual pitfalls, by having ONLY Luffy enter, and there being an actual prize at stake that Luffy cares about, rather than just "proving I'm the best". And since it's just Luffy, there will be none of the usual "friend vs. friend" or some strawhat having to jobber to make Luffy's enemy look good. As a result, the side fights can be mostly skipped and it can pretty much run right to the point.
2)There's 8 other plots running on concurrently. Which is pretty crazy, even by OP standards. Not every chapter is going to touch on all of them for 2 pages before hopping to the next.. but it also means Oda probably won't spend 10 chapters straight in the tournament. (Might spend 10 chapters total, but spaced among everything else.)
And on top of all of it, I'm worried that Luffy participating in this tournament will all be part of some convoluted plan of Doflamingo's that will just reek of bad writing. B
You don't have to worry about it, it's been flat out stated that's the case. Doflamingo gets Luffy away from his crew with some sentimental bait. Not convoluted in the least, and not bad writing at all. Especially when considering Luffy could have been pulled aside by a giant hunk of meat or something shiny or gotten his feet stuck in concrete or walked into a giant snake or gotten stuck between two buildings instead.
Well let's see. Luffy has no idea about the fruit as far as Doflamingo knows. The tournament is registering contestants by the tiome they arrive on the island. They could have docked anywhere on the island, it's just coincidental they were near the colloseum.
They SCHEDULED to meet on that island for the hostage exchange THAT day. He didn't announce it until they arrived.
Now, my prepared responses:
Doflamingo could have expected Luffy to hear about it from the town?
It's big news, so yes, anyone on the island who talks to ANYBODY is likely to hear about it.
Barring that, Luffy doesn't go but the tourney draws a lot of strong interesting guys together, from which Dofla can use for any number of purposes. It already drew one of Blackbeard's guys and someone else that's apparently up there in strength. "Well, now that you're all here, Strawhat and Law happens to be on the island. I'm offering X cash award to anyone that gets them, on top of their government bounty."
Luffy getting distracted by the tourney is an easily predictable bonus.
Plus, gives him a chance to fuck with Bellamy again.
–Luffy learned about it the same time it was announced to the general public, and he barely made it in time to participate.
If Luffy had arrived not in disguise, they would have let him and his 400 million bounty enter anyway, late or not.
Long as he got there before the prize was eaten he would have gotten involved, no matter ig he was in the official tourney or not.
That might have been the only place for them to dock.
Again, he knew the time and the place they'd agreed to meet, he scheduled accordingly.
–Oh really, then why isn't Doflamingo there waiting for them?
Some dumb reason.
Hostage, traps, hoping for the crew to split apart, not knowing what Law has in mind?
–Well, he was confident enough in himself to go to Punk Hazard to take on the Straw Hats, Law, and the Marines all by himself.
He'd hoped to get there before they left with the crucial hostage. And he had to check the place out to see whatever else needed salvaging.
If this is all part of Doflamingo's plan, it's going to end up being very convoluted. And that makes for bad writing.
-Lure Law and his hostage to home turf.
-Offer a prize that will attract a lot of strong guys, including hopefully Luffy
I don't see what's convoluted about that.