Hey, aren't there other main characters to this show besides Luffy?
What They Say
As Luffy and the others continue on their way to save Ace, Nami learns to appreciate the power of weather during her stay on the Sky Island - Weatheria! And on the Mechanical Island - Future Land Baldimore, Franky struggles to get his groove back!!!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With the near mutiny put down through some careful dialogue that now has Buggy taking up a commanding position again, the show is set to remind us that there are indeed other characters in this series. The Impel Down arc has been all about Luffy and those he met inside the prison, though we did have that very awful side story to support the movie that was out awhile ago. With all that's happened at Impel Down now though, everything has slowed down a bit and we actually get some relaxing moments as the ship moves towards Navy Headquarters, complete with Luffy on the bow staring off into the distance.
Which is a great segue way to move us on to talking about those other lead characters that have largely been a part of the show since the start. Moving us back to the Sky Island of Weatheria, we get to catch up with Nami who is a bit frustrated at the pace at which the island is moving as it's not getting her to the Sabaody Archipelago anytime soon. The wizard she's hanging out with is all laid back about everything, which of course frustrates her a whole lot when he reveals that he has a ship that will take them down to the surface since he does that once in awhile to make some extra money by selling off his knowledge of how weather works. There's nothing like someone with his knowledge who steps into a dry desert location and uses his toys to create weather that will help spurn some growth in the land.
While the bulk of the episode focuses on Nami and her time at Weatheria, the second part of the episode focuses on franky and his time on the Mechanical Island. Franky is a character that I'm only familiar with from the opening sequence really as I haven't seen him in the DVD episodes I'm watching yet so there's no real connection for me here yet when it comes to him. This shorter story has him on the Future Land Baldimore where he's in his tiny shorts in the midst of winter, not a bad thing for a cyborg, as he's surrounded by a bevy of violent creatures who want to take him down. Others are watching over this for their own reasons though it backfires on them with the creatures deciding to take them out as well. With no familiarity at all with Franky, this particular re-introduction of the character really didn't do a thing for me and didn't tell me all that much about the character either to get e to want to know more about him.
Of the three stories that take place in this episode, Nami's is obviously the best but even the two minutes or so we spend with Luffy is more interesting than the Franky mini story. Luffy's calm moments are fairly rarely at this stage of the game so having him waiting patiently to get to HQ so he can save Ace is rather nicely done. With that subplot also cleaning up the near mutiny, the bulk of the episode focuses on the slow and leisurely journey that Namis on as well as Franky. Neither story really offers up all that much meat to its story, but Nami's was fun to watch even if it was entirely predictable. Franky's was almost a chore since there's no connection here to the character or how he ended up in this situation. Still, I'm hoping we get a few more of these since we're getting closer to catching up to the manga so some padding is bound to happen and getting to see the rest of the core cast and where they are while Luffy is in Impel Down is quite welcome.
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.