Luffy and his all-star gang are ready to rumble, though they may end up facing off against each other first.
What They Say
Luffy and the others are in the thick of the battle between the Whitebeard Pirates and the Navy. But everyone is in for a shock as a secret from Luffy's past is revealed, angering the Navy and convincing Fleet Admiral Sengoku that Luffy must be destroyed!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Luffy's style is one that's always been impressive as he just says what he thinks and damn the consequences. So much so that you have to think he doesn't understand what consequences are. Case in point is the opening here where he kicks Crocodile off of his attack against Whitebeard and then stands up to Whitebeard who tells him he doesn't stand a chance in this battle. Luffy has that whole little kid going against the huge guy thing going here with it, but Luffy's attitude is spot on and not only does it impress everyone who sees what's going on, but even Whitebeard manages to give him a little space over it as Luffy digs in his heels even more. Luffy's reputation has certainly grown and literally falling right into the middle of this only cements it even more.
Considering what Luffy has faced in Impel Down, it's definitely different here but it's still similar in a lot of ways as he barrels through the Navy forces. And his minor victories in pushing away the rabble is pretty infectious as it rallies the rest of the pirates that are watching on with all of this. Similar to the last few episodes of battle, we get a lot of action here with the various ultra-powered members of both sides getting involved, but there's a bit more to it this time with Luffy's crew here. What continues to amuse the most though is the way Captain Buggy becomes even more popular among the crew through inadvertent means as everyone views his actions through hugely rose-colored lenses. He's pretty much crapping his pants often enough, but the way he moves and the situations he ends up in has him being praised for his bravery and intent.
One Piece also plays a bit of old home week as we saw various villains from earlier in the series that are now working with the Navy, such as the hypnotist from Usopp's introduction arc and one of the Navy men from when Sanji was introduced. Even Hina from the Alabasta arc is brought int to try and slow him down. None are given the kind of material that Buggy got as he's really had his role changed since the start of the series and, what, a four hundred episode gap? Still, it's fun to see some of these people come back while watching Luffy blowing right through them and digging deeper into the rest of the Navy men and women so he can get to Ace before his now pushed up execution, along with whatever mysterious plan they have in the works to really cement their position with everything. The action is just a lot of fun here as the wide variety of characters we've seen over the years are all drawn together in a huge battle royale.
One Piece has a very strong episode overall as it showcases both the action and emotion of what's involved. The rallying cry to Luffy is something that speaks well of him and the impression he's made on everyone. But there's also the growing concern among people on both sides with who is now involved, especially when some of the big Navy men see that Jimbei is involved with him as well. The only disappointment is that we didn't get more on the way Luffy handled Crocodile here as it felt like there should have been more. The real tragedy in all of this continues to be Ace as he's so helpless in watching it all happen and can't say or do anything to truly turn Luffy away from helping him, which in turn will cause Luffy to likely share his fate. One Piece follows through well here in giving most fans exactly what they want with this arc so far and it leaves you eagerly awaiting the next episode.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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