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marvelB 2012-07-04 04:21

One Piece - Chapter 673 [manga]
 
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Another week, another chapter. And boy, do we get some HUGE revelations in this one. The raw is out now, and credit goes to our friendly neighborhood Aohige for translation:



-Chapter title is "Vergo and Joker". Splash page features Usopp and Brooke in a museum.


-At some random NW island, a platoon of G5 marines headed by a commodore named Yarisugi (whose name means "too much") tells some worried citizens that they were unable to find their children. The commodore says that their deaths were even confirmed by G5's top vice admiral....


-Back at Punk Hazard, Usopp and Sanmi are forced to deal with the giant kids, who have awakened and are going berserk from withdrawal symptoms again. As Usopp prepares to sedate them again, Caesar himself suddenly appears to offer the kids more of his drugged candy. Meanwhile, Zoro's group are still dealing with the slime, which is revealed to have a DF power: Sala Sala(mander) no mi: Model Axolotl.


-Back at the lab, we see Vergo chatting with Monet, who points out the hamburger stuck to his face. We then learn his true identity: Vergo is the vice-admiral who commands the G5 marines. While he's eating the burger, we see that Luffy and co. are all imprisoned together, nearby (amusingly, Luffy is reminded of Alabasta since he's locked up with Smoker again :p). Law, who's also in the cell, explains the history between "Joker" and Vergo: It turns out that Vergo was a pirate who joined the marines under Joker's orders 15 years ago, and rose to VA rank during that time. The evil VA then tells Smoker and Tashigi that he'll have to kill them since Law revealed his past to them....


-Luffy asks Law about Joker. Law says that he was a former underling of Joker himself, which is why he knew him so well. Vergo also happens to be the mole's most trusted subordinate. But while in the underground he's known as "Joker", the dark info broker is known in the outside world as the Shichibukai Donquixote Doflamingo.....!!!!!!




See? Like I said, one huge revelation after another this chapter. I believe a few people had already guessed that Dofla is Joker so kudos to them. But now I'm interested in Vergo (BTW, the raw showed his name in English, so we know how it's spelled now). It really does look like this dude will be a major villain in his own right now that we learned more about him. I definitely can't wait to see more of what he's capable of now that we know he's the top dog of G5. And as for Law being a former Dofla pirate.... well, that was pretty predictable. But I guess this means that he'll be turning on his former captain now.....


Boy, the slime turning out to be a DF user sure was a surprise for me. And it really does go to show how versatile Caesar's power is (since a creature made from a DF can eat its own DF.... I mean, WOW). Looks like it really WON'T be that simply to take the scientist down after all. Looks like the post-skip Straw-Hats really have encountered their first truly challenging opponents after all. Man, I can't wait to see what happens next.....

aohige 2012-07-04 04:34

The official spelling is Vergo.
Which was the spelling I've been using since the start. :D

VA Vergo is most likely a lot stronger than he's been letting the Marines on.
I'm thinking he may even have been the first-mate of Dofla back in the days.
I wonder what position Monet had in the crew, she doesn't address Vergo with any honorifics either.

marvelB 2012-07-04 04:43

BTW, just wanna thank you again for the translation! :)


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Originally Posted by aohige (Post 4237364)
I wonder what position Monet had in the crew, she doesn't address Vergo with any honorifics either.


Personally, I was sort of thinking that she may have been a somewhat recent addition to the crew. Mainly because Law didn't show any indication that he knew her as well as he did Vergo. But now I want to know more than ever just how strong Happy Harpy is.....


Oh, and what's the deal with Luffy calling Law "Torao"? Or was he referring to Vergo?

aohige 2012-07-04 04:49

Quote:

Originally Posted by marvelB (Post 4237367)
BTW, just wanna thank you again for the translation! :)





Personally, I was sort of thinking that she may have been a somewhat recent addition to the crew. Mainly because Law didn't show any indication that he knew her as well as he did Vergo. But now I want to know more than ever just how strong Happy Harpy is.....


Oh, and what's the deal with Luffy calling Law "Torao"? Or was he referring to Vergo?

Trafalgar spelling in Japanese -> Torafaruga- -> Tora(tiger) -> Tigerdude.

He is a Shichibukai afterall. :heh:

(putting -o at the end is a common naming in Japan, and often used in nick-name naming too. It literally means "man", "guy", etc)

marvelB 2012-07-04 04:55

^Oh, okay. Heh, it didn't occur to me that Law even shares an animal-themed name like most warlords. :)

aohige 2012-07-04 05:04

Someone pointed out a mistake, Yarisugi should be a commodore.

Those entry level admirals confuse me.

marvelB 2012-07-04 05:08

Oh yeah translated chap is out now.



Uh.... are those french fries stuck to Vergo's face in that flashback pic of him? :heh:

Jouten 2012-07-04 05:09

This chapter was sure interesting. So Vergo is Smoker's superior? I see a fight comming... Hope Smoker doesn't lose this time.

They haven't noticed Chopper yet. I wonder if he will free Luffy and the others.

Lol at Robin and Luffy for being nostalgic, despite their situation and Smoker being pissed off about it

Kanon 2012-07-04 05:16

Crazy chapter!! So many revelations, some predictable (but still awesome) and others unexpected. Doflamingo is as impressive as ever. To think he had one of crew mate infiltrate the marines and rise to the rank of Vice Admiral undetected. And he was also the one manipulating C.C from the shadows. This guy is everywhere.

The slime being a DF user is also pretty insane :heh:

Looks like Nami and Ussop are screwed, so it really is up to Zoro's group to save the day. This will be tough, given the opponents they'll have to deal with.

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Originally Posted by marvelB (Post 4237380)
Oh yeah translated chap is out now.



Uh.... are those french fries stuck to Vergo's face in that flashback pic of him? :heh:

Yeah. Looks like his face is a food magnet :heh:
I'm sure Oda is going to have a lot of fun with this quirk.

aohige 2012-07-04 05:18

Doflamingo's sphere of influence and power seems at the level of Yonkou.

If his power wasn't in shadows and stealthed, we may have had a fifth Emperor (Gokou) :heh:

Undertaker 2012-07-04 05:26

So that would mean that G-5 have multiple VAs and even though they are of same rank, there is still hierarchy there, maybe there is indeed something between the different uniforms between VA? (If I remember correctly, Garp and Tsuru were shown to have slightly different uniform compare to other VA before.)

So now Doflamingo enters the picture as well guess that would also suggest that Law was the ship's doctor back inDoflamingo's pirate days.

Anyway, this would also pretty much confirms that Luffy and co. will probably get a bounty hike after this. Now they know a dirty secret that WG and Marine definitely don't want others to know.

This arc now looks like it might end with Vergo bravely sacrificed himself to protect the kids from evil SH and was driven back by heroic VA Smoker. If there is still spot open for admiral, it might just be enough for Smoker to get promoted. Though I don't know what that will do story-wise considering Garp turned down his promotion many times to stay free.


Quote:

Originally Posted by aohige (Post 4237390)
Doflamingo's sphere of influence and power seems at the level of Yonkou.

If his power wasn't in shadows and stealthed, we may have had a fifth Emperor (Gokou) :heh:

Agree, he like the mafia boss of pirate world.



Quote:

Originally Posted by Kanon (Post 4237387)
Looks like Nami and Ussop are screwed, so it really is up to Zoro's group to save the day. This will be tough, given the opponents they'll have to deal with.


I don't know, considering that CC's power to be pretty gimmicky, I won't be shocked that Nami/Ussop combo is able to find the neutralizer for it.

ronin myael 2012-07-04 05:58

Quote:

Originally Posted by aohige (Post 4237371)
Trafalgar spelling in Japanese -> Torafaruga- -> Tora(tiger) -> Tigerdude.

He is a Shichibukai afterall. :heh:

(putting -o at the end is a common naming in Japan, and often used in nick-name naming too. It literally means "man", "guy", etc)

that's an interesting piece of information. i've always thought that trafalgar law's name was taken from cape trafalgar where a great naval battle was once fought. oda likes to use names of historical people and places so i thought he got the name from that (although i still think he did). but i never thought that it would be associated to the word tora in any way. thanks for that info aohige-san! :)

so it's vergo not wergo, eh? he actually had a burger stuck to his chin and he didn't even notice?! :heh: leave it to oda to come up with a powerful and even respectable character and still manage to make him look silly. :D

so the majority of us are right, joker is indeed just a code name. i'm not surprised that it turned out to be doflamingo, i had other suspicions too, but i'm certainly thrilled that it is him! i hope he makes an appearance in this arc. we still have no idea how powerful that guy is so i'm itching to know what he's capable of.

Mateus 2012-07-04 06:01

All this talk of Doflamingo, is he supposed to be Joker?

Undertaker 2012-07-04 06:06

you haven't read the chapter yet?

It's revealed by Law and the spoiler on top.

ronin myael 2012-07-04 06:07

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mateus (Post 4237431)
All this talk of Doflamingo, is he supposed to be Joker?

uh... yes. didn't you read the chapter? :twitch:

Bern-san 2012-07-04 06:15

Mother of God, Doflamingo is always involved in all shady businesses:heh:

Didn't expect Law to be part of his crew in the past!
Loled with Robin's comment about them being jailed with Smoker again
Chopper has it difficult with Harpy and Vergo there to try and help them escape...

It would be cool if Nami and Ussop managed to take down CC

randomlex 2012-07-04 07:10

Damn, Doflamingo is pretty powerful, indeed - he definitely seems like a fifth Yonkou-level power, working from the shadows. Pretty impressive.

And it just struck me that Law is officially at the same level as his former captain - both Shichibukai - could it be that he plans to defeat him (possibly using the remains of the defeated Yonkou's crew, many of which would actually be grateful)?

Nice chapter, can't wait for the anime to catch up.

james0246 2012-07-04 07:13

So it was a hamburger...

Randrak42 2012-07-04 08:09

Is it wrong for me to envy Franky this chapter? Just look at where his head is...lucky bastard.

C.A. 2012-07-04 08:18

Oda might have overlooked the Schichibukai fitting animal design of 'Tora'falgar Law.

Instead of having tiger stripes, Trafalgar has leopard spots on his hat instead.

Also great to see an amphibian added to the list of Zoans, Oda is slowly expanding to the rest of the animal kingdom. But there should be more insects since there are literally more insect species than all other species in the world combined. They also have the largest population and biomass of all animals combined.


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