No matter how powerful your commanders may be in the Navy, it's gotta suck being a normal guy in a world full of super-powered pirates.
What They Say
While Jimbei and the others steal a Navy ship successfully, they need time to bring it back to Impel Down. Meanwhile, though it seems like Luffy can beat Magellan with one last push but Magellan will show his ultimate power which will leave Luffy and the others with no other options but to run!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
I'll admit, I really wanted Luffy to go all Indiana Jones on Magellan by simply wiping him out with one really hard shot. But I knew that any fight between the two, particularly a rematch, would end up taking a bit more time than I wanted it to take. Magellan has shown off his skills a few times now and we've already had one big fight between the two so it shouldn't spend as long on this fight as it did earlier. But it's also going to be a fight that gets more serious far more quickly, especially when Magellan learns that Jimbei is part of Luffy's group and has already made it outside.
And as cute as Luffy's bouncing super awesome cool battle suit is, it's just a bit too goofy for me.
The episode essentially runs along two tracks here, much as it has for the last couple. The exterior angle is a lot of fun as we watch Daz, Crocodile, Buggy and Jimbei making their way out to the Navy ships and doing their best to acquire one. It's really just a given that they will get one considering the overall power involved there and even Magellan is concerned about it when he finds out that Jimbei is involved on the outside. Buggy is sadly pretty much out of the picture for much of it outside of the recap moment but it's great to see Crocodile in action alongside Daz while Jimbei has the best ending moment to the episode that really makes it the stuff of legend.
The other track of the show works over the fight between Luffy and Magellan as it goes to epic proportions. Magellan is pretty ticked at this point, particularly after the Jimbei revelation, and he essentially goes all Nausicaa on Luffy's ass by creating a massive dropping venom creature that he rides inside and controls. The slightest touch spreads all over a person and pretty much kills them near instantly. This has everyone really freaking out since not even the wax can stop the spread of it, which at least has the benefit of eliminating Luffy's super awesome cool gear. The fight takes some amusing turns as it goes along but it all leads to what is quite possibly my favorite sequence of the entire Impel Down storyline as Luffy figures out exactly how to use Ivankov to escape from Magellan's venomous grasp. It's an image that will stay with you for quite a long time and definitely worth watching.
One Piece hits some over the top moments in this episode, even for a show like this, but they're moments that manage to work surprisingly enough and kept me thorough entertained. I was concerned that we'd end up with another episode of fighting between Luffy and Magellan after this one but they've managed to keep things moving at a good pace here overall and are making significant progress. While the Impel Down storyline has run for, what, twenty-five weeks or more at this point, it's been an amazing ride and they've brought it to a really wonderful spot right now where I'm excited to see where it will go next. Though there have been lulls here and there, I adore how it's managed to bring back some really fun characters from early on as well as introducing some good new characters as well, all while advancing several plot points. The comic book geek in me wants episode 450 to be more special, like "double size", but what we get here is solid and helps to shift the direction of the show going forward. An excellent episode overall.
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.