Marineford is in chaos as Blackbeard lets loose with his powers.
What They Say:
Though the goals of the Navy have been accomplished, fighting is still decimating both sides. One brave voice stands out in the melee to speak out for peace. Meanwhile, as Blackbeard's new powers grow, the arrival of still more surprising new faces into the battle will surely affect its outcome - and the coming new Era!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
One Piece has had a whole lot going on and one of the main parts of this arc has come to a rather striking conclusion with the deaths that have happened. It hasn't exactly quieted down overall, but it's had some lulls to it that have let things settle a bit so that we can get a feel for where things stand. Sadly, Luffy has been comatose during most of this since Ace's death and that's been something of a disappointment since his reactions and overall push to do things helps to propel the series along. That said, there's been so much going on here with so many characters involved that a little less Luffy time after such a heart rending incident is not necessarily a bad thing. It's given others a chance to shine and to show the lengths they'll go to in order to keep him safe after Ace and Whitebeard's deaths.
The arrival of Tafalgar, a character I'm unfamiliar with at this stage, has thrown some uncertainty into things though the Navy men aren't expecting much out of him since he's something of a rookie. It's good to see the various pirates really coming together to defend Luffy and his escape, as well as all their compatriots, as there's a real strong sense of duty among them. There's similar with the Navy as well, but they're generally much more faceless when it comes to the rank and file soldiers that it's harder to get behind them. The one that we do is Coby as he struggles with everything that's going on but also something of a seeming mental breakdown over what he's seen. There's been such an immense amount of carnage and fighting in front of his young eyes that he's ready to snap in a significant way.
While it may be over the top considering all that's happened so far, watching the way the entire region of Marineford is being brutalized is a hell of a lot of fun. With ships being thrust everywhere, the ground splitting, freezing, burning and so forth, it's like the end times in a very small place. With Blackbeard being the main force behind it with his powers and the added chaos of the Admirals and their powers, there's less and less about sides here and more about general survival. So much so that Blackbeard could even take out his own few people in the middle of it. With Akainu getting even more violent and Sengoku trying to hold the line before it all collapses, it's descending further and further into pure chaos. Wonderful chaos at that.
There's an interesting angle that gets played out in this episode that starts to become more apparent as it goes on about how they keep fighting even though there's really very little reason to at this point. Or that they need to fight against each other when Blackbeard is causing so much trouble and the destruction may be spreading far outside Marineford. A lot of these psychological issues are manifesting in Coby as we see him struggling with it all, but it's making its way to others as well that are starting to make the connection. The sheer amount of chaos here is fascinating to watch as it's like a kid just throwing everything against the wall and laughing about how it's all being smashed together. Marineford is going through a lot of chaos and it's really fascinating to see it all unfold, both in the physical world these characters inhabit but also the mental toll that it's now taking. It's less about the characters this episode and more about the overall feelings and oppressive nature of events.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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