Oda sure is on a roll of delivering garbage chapters.
Has Oda been eating a bag of mushrooms before writing these chapters?
For me this chapter hovered around the 6/10ish range. I hate dry criticism of my favorite author, but some of the stuff lately has been so overall bad, not even sure where to start constructive critique.
An overall let down. Lame characters, lame powers, Luffy has been embarrassingly incompetent...
How did we get here? Too much pressure from outside influence? Burnout? Hate to say it but it sometimes even feels like it's not even Oda writing some of these pages....
I'm a hardcore defender of "give it time" but we have gone through just about the whole arc and nothing important has happened for character development, which is what arcs like this should be about.
Oda is a genius. One bad arc is not going to take that away, so for me this arc is kind of a mulligan. Looking back, I feel the hardcore fans of One Piece will gloss over this arc or even pretend like it never happened.
Shame. There was so much that could have been done different here.
I don't want to start going on tangents but my biggest complaint is food based powers. It was a clever gimmick and something I agree weaklings should have. But to say your Commanders are food based fighters simply does not work.
For instance, "Commander" Cracker. What the heck was up with this? Plenty of fans have literally waited for actual years to see Luffy's first 1v1 against a Yonkou Commander, and we get a mostly off panel fight from a guy with a power that simply does not make sense yet is able to hold off Luffy and he loses to water. Then we don't see him after he gets a humiliating send off.
Stuff like that and Luffy's overall incompetence is really killing the arc. It's not over yet but I don't think we'll be wowed by the conclusion unfortunately.
I can already tell Luffy will get one or two legit hits in, then Brook will come to add relief since he's the Soul King, and he and Luffy will have a unique tag team interaction where Luffy uses his battle smarts to position Brook where they take out Zeus and Prometheus. Maybe Luffy gets some redemption by being able to fight Zeus directly since it's rubber/lighting powers.
Anyway just the fact we're already looking forward to how to quickly end this arc and move on is a problem.