The battle finally wraps up and we get some Very Special Moments…
What They Say:
With their backs up against the wall, Luffy and his crew come out swinging! It's going to take everything they have to finish off the Amigo Pirates. And even if they are able to, one final battle still awaits Luffy!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)”
With this episode, One Piece finally finishes out what has turned out to be a fairly awful side story to prepare for the movie Strong World that debuts this week. The series backtracked from the Impel Down storyline, though tied into it a bit with the mention of the Golden Lion being someone who escaped from there, and went off about events that happened a bit ago which sets the stage for the movie. All it has done for me is reduced the interest in the movie substantially because I’m really hoping that none of the new characters introduced in this arc appear in it, especially the Nami fanclub. It just takes a show that already runs in some unusual areas and pushes it in a bad direction.
The final episode of the Special Presentation arc comes down to two pieces, both of which are fairly lackluster. The first half is mostly given over to the fighting as Luffy gets really into wanting to take down Largo, not that Largo is truly all that impressive when you compare him to the majority of other opponents Luffy has had. There’s that pervasive feeling that if this wasn’t connected to the movie that the swath of opponents we have here would be cast aside easily in one episode, never mind strung along for this long. That said, there’s a cute couple of moments as the two battle it out in the jungle until the residents of the island decide that they have to actually take a stand themselves and fight back. In the end, it all feels rather pointless and doesn’t add much of anything when it comes to the Golden Lion other than a mention here and a few words there.
The second part of the episode focuses on Yoko as we see more of her past and time with her Marine father. All of it is to try and build more of a connection for her with the Giant Beetle which is really hard to care about in the slightest. And that’s really summed up this entire arc. One Piece was a show I was really leery of when I first started it back at episode one, but it grew on me. And in leaping ahead to the new stuff, I was really into the Impel Down storyline. Thankfully, I know that this arc is out of the norm and I’m not viewing it as anything other than what we used to get in comic books prior to a big maxi-series event tie in. But like those stories, this is all fluff and it only served to push me away rather than draw me in and has me ready to shy away even faster the next time around. Next week can’t come soon enough.
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.