|The battle is brought to the Marines!!||1 out of 2 users found this review helpful.|
Luffy's bold steps have landed him in front of the three most deadliest enemies on this battlefield, and Ace's execution is only moments away. The lines drawn in this battlefield starts to blur as Crocodile becomes more involved, and Whitebeard reveals a special secret he's been saving for just the right time. The most powerful man in the world has boldly escaped from the Marine trap, and Whitebeard takes this war right to their front step. Ace is now in reach, but will they make it in time before the swords call?
It's almost jarring to start a One Piece episode off with Luffy using tactics. Well, if not tactics. He's thinking far more clearly in a battle than he's ever done before. We have always known Luffy to just rush into any battle head long with no plan and burst through like a train. It may of looked like Luffy was taking all three admirals on at the same time. In fact, he was a literal smoke screen he was making so he can get past them. It may not of completely worked, but it's damn impressive for him.
The animation is still pretty good in this episode and the battles are really starting to heat up. This whole war has felt like a big series of back and forth turns at who had the advantage. This one is a bit of a mixture. The admirals are still pounding on Luffy with Kizaru and Aokiji sparing off with out hero, but he still has some back up in the Whitebeard Pirates. The more I see of Marco, the more I like him.
If you remember that technique that was introduced back in the Water 7/ Enies Lobby Arcs, the Rokushiki. That makes a rather sudden reappearance as some nameless Marine is now using it against Luffy. The only problem is that this technique has been kind of rendered useless, story wise. Luffy took out Rob Lucci, the master of Rokushiki. Once Luffy defeated him, the technique became less threatening and more annoying. More so from just some random guy on the battlefield.
We finally get to see what that trump card Whitebeard mentioned last episode, and it's a great one to have. All the Whitebeard Pirates are out of Sengoku's trap, and the old man takes the first shot. For some reason, it feels as if the really interesting parts of this battle just began.
There wasn't much too bad to say about this episode. Though, maybe that drawn out seen of all those Whitebeard Pirates swimming in cannon fire was a tad too long. I think the episodes are purposely being stretched out to make them fit a one to one ration of episode to chapter. It sort of reminded me of that first scene at Normandy Beach in Saving Private Ryan. Which isn't too bad. I just wish they would just fill up the scenes with more fight scenes and less extras.
The scene of Mr. 3 felt like it was going to just be a silly scene, but it also gives you a feeling they are building to something there.
This was a fun episode. Not spectacular and moving as the last one, but still good. I do have to say that it's bold of Oda to have the hero getting so thoroughly pounded around. It's almost as if he's trying to show us that Luffy really is just a single fish in a giant pond and has a ways to go. This was the first time he has ever gotten so close to an admiral and gotten the best of them, but he did that my running away.
The way the episode ended sure was a thrill, but I wish they would just name some of Whitebeard's attacks. It wouldn't change much, but I'd just find it interesting. This does make you want to watch the next one. I would rate this a 3.5 out of 5.
Favorite Moment: Crocodile steps in