Into every life a giant Minotaurus must fall. And hard.
What They Say:
Warden Magellan is now fully aware of Luffy and his friends' breach of Impel Down - and he is not happy! As the Warden moves to corner them, Luffy and his companions must face another monster from hell, the Minotaurus!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)”
Some ten plus episodes or so into the Impel Down infiltration arc and I’m starting to wish that things would move along a little faster. And then I remember that we had a four episode or so break to deal with a side plot to a movie where said plot had practically no recognizable impact on, which makes this arc feel even longer. The push deeper down into Impel Down continues here and the bulk of it is made up of the four main guys running around like crazy trying to figure out how to either get down further or get up higher to escape. With a brief pair of bookend scenes really involving either Ace or Hancock which gives them a few lines at best, the majority here is all about the running. The foot clomping sound effects guys are earning their bucks again this week.
The split in the group is still fairly expected as Buggy and Mr. 3 are doing their best to climb out of level three so they can escape while Luffy and Bon Clay try to make their way down to level four so he can find Ace and Bon Clay can find his mysterious man of interest. Well, that mystery is resolved but honestly I wish it hadn’t been because some things simply can’t be unlearned and Bon Clay provides a lot of that. The material involving Buggy and Mr. 3 is fairly amusing as they try to escape upwards only to encounter something big and nasty in the form of a Minotaurus, which actually looks kind of cute in a cow-like sense in a few scenes. The big bad is doing its best to fulfill its goal of doling out punishment to those that escape by these two guys know how to keep on the run and away from the big bads. And they have a subconscious ability to find their way back to Luffy which brings said big bad into contact with them as well.
Watching Luffy and Bon Clay is kind of surreal in a way because the two are so seemingly happy in the strangest of situations that it just doesn’t feel right but you can’t help but to smile about it. The two of them are just so in synch with each other and have a sort of carefree attitude about how they approach things, dealing with situations as they occur while not really planning for things, that it’s easy to see why they get along. Luffy’s intent on getting further down works out well with Bon Clay around as he knows the way and we get a glimpse as to how level four is constructed and it paints a picture of a really twisted mind that must have created this place, with a level that’s beyond the heat that they found on level three by such a huge magnitude. Each new level is just setting up a new thing they have to cope with – and then ignore since they’ve mostly ignored the heat on level three when it comes to Luffy and Bon Clay – while making further progress towards Ace.
One Piece is still in its predictable phase right now which has been punctuated by moments of nostalgia as he comes across characters from the past and gives them a new life this far into the show. Bringing back people like Buggy and Mr. 3 after all these years is great and fits into the story, but we’re also getting to the point where we want to see more meat with the situation. But I can admit that a lot of it stems from having the overly lengthy interlude prep for the movie forcing this to be dragged out even more. There’s a lot to like here with these characters as they’re definitely the main draw, but I’m hoping for a bit more progress to occur soon though I figure we’re a few episodes too early for that yet.
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.