Old enemies return once again.
What They Say:
Luffy and Buggy continue on their way to reach Ace, fending off devilish demons from hell at every turn. Meanwhile, the Warden of Impel Down raises a stink when he discovers that his prison has been infiltrated!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)”
The partnership between Luffy and Buggy has been a lot of fun to watch, especially with the way Luffy is being so serious yet oblivious to what Buggy is doing in engineering his own escape. Now that he’s gotten a bit of a clue about it, the pair have ended up on level two where all the wild beasts from hell reside. Luffy has further to go in order to get where Ace is an rescue him and it’s definitely setting up the standard insurmountable yet surmountable obstacles he has to face.
Not surprisingly, the beasts on this level are more amusing than anything else when you get down to it and they’re introduced. The first one they come across is a diminutive hippo which actually has quite the massive appetite and mass to it, much to Buggy’s chagrin as half of him gets eaten up into it. Buggy’s ability continues to be something that’s really amusing now that I’m familiar with the vibe of the show and he actually does use it to good effect now and then while on the run. Sadly, his power doesn’t seem to do him much good in facing off against the monster sized chicken, I mean the basilisk, that they go up against afterward. This is where Luffy has to step up to the plate and go into Third Gear, which is positively priceless.
A whole lot of this episode, like the previous couple, revolve around either the pair of them running around or them running around individually. That happens a lot here too, though with plenty of action and the discovery of who Luffy is. There are also some minor moments that help to flesh things out a bit more. The first one is when Hancock finally meets the warden, Magellan. Magellan is going to be an interesting character I think as he’s quite big and ominous but also because his body seems to be made up of poison which he can spread just by talking. Even the snails wear gas masks. There’s also a little hint towards the end about the one and only person to ever escape from Impel Down which sets up the obvious expectation that it can be done, but it also sets up a future character introduction that could play any number of ways. These are good moments that break up the regular marathon Luffy and Buggy are running and they help to add a little more character to the place.
As the race to the bottom continues, there aren’t a lot of really big things going on here. It’s fairly standard fare when it comes to the running action with various opponents along the way, but what makes it work is the pairing of Buggy and Luffy. They have a certain chemistry that I would not have expected based off their first encounter and I have to wonder how it will changed now that Mr. Three has arrived as well. I think that while the Ace aspect of this arc will be the really big part of it, the true highlight is seeing the various former pirates that Luffy has come across that have been captured and ended up here and how they’ve handled it. This is another fun episode that keeps the story moving, not exactly forward but rather along.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Sony PlayStation3 Blu-ray player via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.