Story/Art: Eiichiro Oda
Translation: Stephen Paul
What They Say
Operation S.O.P. is in full effect! Usopp and the others search for a way to undo the magic that has turned so many of the people of Dressrosa into toys. Meanwhile, Luffy heads toward the palace with the goal of taking down the source of all the trouble, Doflamingo!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
As Operation S.O.P. kicks off, Robin and Usopp head off underground with the Tontatta in the hope of knocking out Sugar and in turn returning the toys to their original bodies! Meanwhile, Franky heads off to stir up trouble by mounting a full frontal assault on the House of Toys. Furthermore, Rebecca wins her match in the coliseum, as it turns out that Cavendish has a secret second personality called Hakuba that awakens when he sleeps. This personality is incredibly powerful and wipes out everyone but Rebecca in the blink of an eye, ending with Cavendish sleeping as well and leaving the female gladiator as the sole survivor.
Franky’s fight continues with two of Doflamingo’s top men joining in, Doflamingo has an intense talk with Fujitora, and the final match in the coliseum begins, with Ace’s Devil Fruit on the line! Luffy and crew opt for the straightforward route as well and burst into the castle, where they’re confronted by the ludicrously huge stone-assimilation man Pica! Back in the underground world, things take a turn for the worse as the Tontotta and even Robin are turned into toys.
As the volume winds down, will Usopp be able to be the hero the Tontatta need? Or will his cowardice prove too great? And just what secrets lie in the toy soldier’s tragic past?
Things continue to heat up in this volume, as we reach a turning point in the arc. The fights have started to fall into place, and the background of the key players seems to be mostly laid out on the table. Usopp manages to take star spot once more in this volume, pulling off some really fun and exciting bits throughout. We also get some really nice moments involving Rebecca and especially the solider, which are quite touching. It’s hard to call this a particularly mind-blowing volume, but it’s still a ton of fun and is well put together, making it another nice addition to what’s quickly becoming a rather outstanding arc.
Content Grade: B+
Art Grade: A-
Packaging Grade: B+
Text/Translation Grade: B+
Age Rating: 13+
Released By: Viz
Release Date: Apr 7, 2015