Looks like Nami’s dangerous curves weren’t actually a… * AHEM *… development the show only got around to after the timeskip.
Seeing Zoro fight Buggy’s pet acrobat is validating, in a way. I’ll take the fact that “Cabaji” opts to fight whilst on a unicycle as shonen’s way of justifying the analogy I worked out during my last YU YU HAKUSHO write-ups…
Basically, I see the creation process behind most shonen shows as being more-or-less akin to a guitarist attempting to nail a solo whilst riding a unicycle. He’s willfully invited a situation where he’s bound to mess up a few notes, or fall to the pavement, or worse. If he does manage to pull it off without a hitch, there’s no factor except luck separating him from every other guitarist who’s stumbled in trying the same thing (maaaaaaaaybe natural talent involved, too, but I’d argue that’s a kind of luck, still).
Yeah, that’s my way of seeing the make-it-up-as-you-go-along plotting of most of these shows. At the end of the day, the quality of any given episode in any given show seems like it’s on a sort of roulette wheel where “Rock” or “Suck” are just the black and red. It either works or it doesn’t, and if ONE PIECE winds up looking so much better than another show, it’s because Oda luckily kept rolling black.
Of course, I’d say he’s been rolling red for these past two episodes. While this wasn’t as… nauseating as the episode with the poodle, it’s still far off from the one that was plotted tightly enough as to feel like a proper swashbuckler. Things got better once Luffy bounced the Buggy ball back and Buggy found that his straw hat’s a greater weakness than his aversion to sea water, but all the stuff with unicycle felt awwwwwwwwfully long. Long enough that my mind none-too-coincidentally drifted to my little ruminations about the nature of shonen.
ONE PIECE is going to start rolling black again next episode, right? Right?