The end of an era has truly arrived in the world of pirates.
What They Say:
Word spreads throughout the world of Whitebeard's death and the people are relieved that this might mean the end of the war. Blackbeard, however, has different plans!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The double dose of death with Ace and Whitebeard has been a brutal series of events for some as the Whitebeard pirates are in shock over it and Luffy has completely zoned out. With the news spreading around the world, the various feelings about it are pretty potent, especially as a good many people see this as the end of the Whitebeard pirates and through that the end of the war between the pirates and the Navy. There's also a great amount of uncertainty amongst many about it because while they think it may mean the end of the war, they know that there's still a great deal of pirates left and someone will try to step into the role. Especially as Whitebeard's final words were about the One Piece being real, which could set out a new wave of searches and pirates hunting it down.
The fallout from events has everyone making their way from Marineford with as much haste as possible, but it's causing some splits as well. One of the main focuses is getting all the Whitebeard pirates out and ensuring that Luffy himself is safe in his catatonic state. Buggy ends up securing his own crew again in essence here with the way he's got such a faithful group with him which I continue to find very amusing. There's plenty of face paced running going on here as everyone flees and as the Navy fires off after them, but there's also some very calm moments mixed into it as we see Blackbeard and his group moving forward with their own mysterious plan, one that Shiryu even says that they'll have to disband if they fail to accomplish it. Their actions around Whitebeard even have the main Navy men watching on with a fair bit of apprehension.
The fight to get away is one that won't go terribly smoothly, which makes a whole lot of sense considering the fight to get to Ace was a lengthy and brutal process. But the focus now is a bit different as the pirates are intent on protecting Luffy at all costs since that was one of the few requests made, and one that some of them like Jimbei got from Ace when he was alive back in Impel Down. Seeing the coming together of these key and powerful figures is really enjoyable, from Boa making her stand to Ivankov being fiercely protective. It's unfortunate that Luffy is essentially completely zoned out though since that keeps him from being an active participant. The missing element of his rage in trying to get out and doing all that he can is something that I think would have been really intriguing to have here.
Blackbeard's plans slowly come to the forefront here and it's something that has him in a potentially incredibly powerful position that makes him unlike most anyone else. And with the crew he has with him, what he's intending to do is a potential game changer if it all follows through as you can imagine. With much of the episode focused on the ramification of events from Whitebeard's death and the attempts to get away, we get a good mix of action and quite somberness over what's gone on in the last couple of episodes but also a great deal of fear that one known evil may very well have been replaced with an even greater and more malevolent evil in the eyes of the general citizenry of the world. The hopes for the war being over are strong in the people, but events never go as one truly hopes...
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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