Re: One Piece 650
Good chapter - been a while since I enjoyed a purely text based chapter in any manga for a while. In truth, with a timeskip, Oda needs a few more, particularly about certain pirates and marines. But I'm sure as the SHs leave and meet up with other past characters, the NewGen pirates especially, we'll get filled in.
I am not upset about the Admiral fight being off panel - it pretty much as to be for suspense. Both Aokiji and Akainu have a history with Luffy, particularly Akainu, and to showcase their complete powers in an even fight would diminish at future turns when the fights with either SH or BB pirates happen. You want those surprise turns, especially as a writer, to entertain the reader. Has to happen that way. No qualms on this one.
Um, conquer a country for candy? Er... OK, I'll accept that. Spin this one for me, but it better be more than a further showcase for Luffy power ups - that's what this whole arc was about. Time to move on to the new seas. Although, they probably have to do something about Caribou, but it would be more interesting if he disappeared until later when the other mythical weapons came into play (i.e. get help and then make a play for Poseidon to cause upheaval of the pirate world). But then, Caribou has been devious, not smart.
A simple souvenir of someone's kill
And like the sea
I'm constantly changing from calm to ill
Madness fills my heart and soul as if the great divide could swallow me whole
oh, how I'm breaking down