Well, damn. After the pace of the last few chapters, I’d thought it would be a little while more before we jumped into these executive fights, but shit really picks up here - that’s awesome.
Going in chronological order;
-Diamante and Burgess are really freaky, physiologically… But it’s a nice reminder of how diverse Oda’s character designs are (well, the men, at least…).
-The introduction of Diamante’s power was a little… abrupt, but it’s very cool. Definitely similar to Inazuma’s fruit, but we’ve seen a lot of similar powers recently, and it seems like Diamante can do a whole lot more with his - if he can form objects into a wide variety of shapes, as seems to be the case, this’ll be a really interesting fight.
-The Mera-Mera Fruit being attached to the fish is a bit of a twist, and I guess disadvantageous, perhaps to Barto and Diamante as fruit users? Although, given Doflamingo’s history of chicanery, I have to wonder if the fruit is even truly in there. Could just as easily be rigged with a bomb, or something like that… We’ll see!
-Seems like Sabo’s got a face scar, which could be from the Tenryuubito attack or anything else. I know some people are really anal about Sabo’s face not being revealed yet (which I don’t understand - we obviously fucking know it’s him, he’s gonna get a big reveal soon, so don’t sweat it), so I did laugh out loud when I saw the sunglasses over his eyes. I think he’ll either be “unmasked” over the course of the fight, or do it himself if he ends up winning the final.
-Typical Luffy, charging right in… But I did love the “what the hell is wrong with this fish” comment.
-Doflamingo’s starting to realize what’s really going on, and beginning to lose his cool. Interested to see if he’s going to rage out at this point, or calm himself down and try to outwit them. It’s been said a million times, but for such a clever guy I’d hate to see him completely blindsided by Luffy’s antics.
-Lao G’s scene was terrific - another wonderful weirdo on Doffy’s crew. The G-sign, the reading glasses, the shaky legs… Hope to see more of him now. And it also begs the question of where Dellinger is, and who he’ll end up fighting.
-So Pica shows up… With some kind of stone or clay Logia, perhaps? It could be one of a couple of things, so I won’t make any serious predictions yet. But the dude is friggin’ imposing either way. Kinemon also seems to have disappeared… Is he trying to find Kanjuurou, or is there something else going on?
All in all, another really solid chapter - I feel like the next dozen or so are gonna be a pretty wild ride.