The movie that this leads into cannot come soon enough…
What They Say:
The stakes grow even higher as Luffy and his crew are put out of commission by the Amigo Pirates and the people of Little East Blue are faced with an ultimatum - surrender the beetle or everybody gets exterminated!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)”
In the end, it’s all about a girl and her dog. Wait, a girl and her beetle.
One Piece strings out yet another Special Presentation episode that deals with the lead-up to the movie and all that it’s doing is killing any enthusiasm for it at all with such an inane storyline. The introduction of the “little” East Blue island was cute at first but they took it in a bland way by making it like a carnival show than a place where people would live and adapt using the style and culture of the individual islands. Each one is like a perfectly preserved piece of the original and while that may work for show, it wouldn’t work in any real sort of way and rings hollow because of that. While you can be outlandish and silly with a show like One Piece, some things simply don’t click and this is one of them.
The bulk of this episode has the Amigo brothers spouting off and dealing with all foes that come their way in their quest to capture the Giant Beetle. Luffy, Zoro and Sanji are all set to take them on but one of the brothers has an amusing ability to generate all kinds of nets depending on what he eats and he’s able to take them down quickly, which isn’t a surprise since the Straw Hats ends to get overconfident at times and that leads to them getting their butts handed to them every now and then. There’s a lot of drama in this episode as the brothers are over the top about it and Luffy keeps pushing the idea of fighting the Giant Beetle himself in order to get him motivated. The bulk of it though comes in watching young Yoko cry and whine about how she’s going to lose the Boss who intends to sacrifice himself for the island. It’s classic young child and animal material that’s so obviously trying to push buttons that it doesn’t succeed in the slightest and instead becomes comical in a way that sadly doesn’t make you laugh.
With luck, the next episode in the series will be the final one as the Strong World movie debuts on the 12th of December. This arc cannot close fast enough, even if it does allow us to see the cast that’s been pretty quiet during the prison arc. But that’s what happens in a story with a sizeable cast in that some of the characters get pushed to the side for awhile and the focus is elsewhere. This side arc for the movie has been pretty dull and left me not wanting to see the movie. If I had started watching these episodes out of the blue, rather than the few that came before it, I can easily imagine not coming back to it at all. And that’d be a shame because the prison arc has been a lot of fun so far. Hopefully they can recapture that energy when it starts up again, because One Piece really needs it to get back on track.
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.