One of the more amusing team-ups continue as Buggy and Luffy keep on running.
What They Say:
Luffy must part ways with a priceless treasure map before Buggy the Clown agrees to lead him through the bloody tangle of Blade Trees and Spike Needle Grass that make up Impel Down's Crimson Hell!
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Back when I first started watching One Piece, I have to say I really detested Captain Buggy since he was one of the earliest villains of the series. In a lot of ways it showcased to me why I was not going to like One Piece because the design, the wacky personality and the over top nature of the ability really just didn’t click well with me. Now some four hundred episodes later, he’s back in the game and teamed up with Luffy as they run through the Impel Down prison.
And I couldn’t be happier. Perhaps it’s the passage of time and seeing the first hundred episodes of the series which helped me get into the rhythm of the show. As a team-up, the two are a very solid comedy duo here with Luffy amusingly enough playing the straight man. When the two expectedly ran into each other in the previous episode, it could have gone any number of ways. That they team up to fight off the Blugori wasn’t a surprise but that they did it so effectively was hilarious. They almost seem to thrive off of each other in the fight, though Luffy outclasses Buggy at least by the way he takes out four of them so quickly for the one that Buggy gets.
A lot of this episode involves running around, which is like the previous episode except this time it’s not a stealthy run. The guards are searching for their missing man and are completely confused by there being a second person running around assisting Buggy. We get to see a lot of the first level of the prison because of this and even the guards post through an amusing manner as Luffy decides to start running right through the walls. There is a really good little twists provided here as a treasure that Buggy has been searching for all this time is now literally on Luffy’s arm, and with the knowledge of where Ace is, the two are able to come to a good deal, though one that has Luffy doing lots of running with Buggy’s feet tucked under his arms.
While there isn’t a whole lot of major moments going on here, it is a good episode that keeps the flow of the series going now that the pace is picking up after the exposition and infiltration. There’s a lot to like here with how the two pair off and work together but also a couple of brief moments where Hancock really comes across as such a lovestruck little girl. I enjoyed the stealthy material that came before this but I’m also really enjoying watching everyone run around with Luffy being so serious in finding ace and getting him out of there. The show is quick and simple but with a huge back story to it now. My only regret in coming into it at this time is that most of the others that I do know about are all off screen. Still, this episode provides the right shift in tone and sets the pace for what’s to come, resulting in a good episode.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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