Utopia ★★★✬☆

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Title: Utopia
Series: One Piece #21
Arc: Baroque Works #10
Author: Eiichiro Oda
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: Manga
Pages: 188
Words: 8K



Synopsis:

From Wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_One_Piece_chapters_(187_388)

“Stalemate”

“Oh Come My Way Karate”

“2”

“Climate Baton”

“She Who Controls the Weather”

“Tornado Warning”

“Utopia”

“Cutting Steel”

“Mr. Bushido”

Sanji and Mr. 2 Bon Clay exchange blows, until Bon Clay discovers the sea cook’s weakness and he transforms to resemble Nami to distract him. Bon Clay dominates the fight, but Sanji is able to defeat him after exploiting Bon Clay’s vulnerability when he transforms. Nami fights Miss Doublefinger, partner of Mr. 1, and a Devil Fruit user who can create spikes anywhere on her body, during which she struggles with how to use her new Climate Baton weapon. Unfortunately, most of that weapon’s abilities are nothing more than magic tricks. One street further, Zoro battles Mr. 1, who possesses the ability to create blades anywhere on his body. Meanwhile, Vivi reaches Chaka, the acting captain of the royal guard, but before they can stop the fighting, Crocodile and “Ms. All-Sunday” Nico Robin arrive.

My Thoughts:

The fight between Sanji and Mr 2 had me laughing. Mr 2 can make himself look like anybody else and so he chooses Nami’s face to distract Sanji. While it was funny, the actual fight itself dragged on with Sanji and Mr 2 simply kicking at each other. I’m not a huge fan of drawn out fights with limbs and body parts whizzing all over the place with devil-fruit enhanced whizziness.

However! We DO find out why Sir Crocodile has been after the kingdom all along. Drum Roll Please! PLUTON. No idea what that is beyond it is supposed to be a super weapon. And King Cobra doesn’t know where it is. So Sir Crocodiles goal is to get this super weapon and forge a government that not even the world government can stop and thus become tyrant of the world. Pretty ballsy!

There’s more long drawn out fights that I skimmed through and finally got to the end of the volume. Can’t say I cared particularly one way or the other.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

17 thoughts on “Utopia ★★★✬☆

    1. I agree, this arc is weak. I am hoping the Baroque Works arc will wrap up in a couple of volumes and then we’ll be on to another story.

      But overall, yes, One Piece is still going. Vol 99 actually comes out today.

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  1. Hi there,

    ah, so we’ve know his plan now.
    It’s interesting, that Pluton is what I meant with the goal I could remember but didn’t thought it could be his main goal. (But I forgot the part about “forge a government that not even the world government can stop and thus become tyrant of the world”.)

    However, the story with Pluton is the start of a pretty important sub storyline that you will find in the series from time to time. You will also get more information about it.

    ~ Misaki

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      1. Yes, you made your antipathy to Vivi pretty clear, I guess ^^”

        Don’t worry, the story about Pluton has nothing to do with Vivi, not even with Alabasta.

        For now I just want to say this: The plot that has to do with Pluton is one of the things I am interested most in One Piece ^^

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    1. They gave zero info on specifics for pluton. I’d guess so though. OR the magical equivalent. I mean, we’re in a world where people can eat fruit and suddenly do things that are anatomically impossible! So I don’t know if you eat pluton and become Invincible Man or shoot someone with it and it kills them no matter what or if by looking at it you turn into a kitten.

      Stay tuned! 😉

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      1. It’s interesting, how different the interpretation of a name can be xD

        When I heard that name the first time, my first guess was to the Roman god Pluton. It made pretty much sense for me that a super weapon is named after the ruler of the underworld ^^”

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    1. I have to admit, I cheated and looked to see which volume starts the next arc, because I really want this done 🙂

      I’m enjoying aspects of it, but not nearly as much as I was in the East Blue arc.

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