Change of pace, lunatics. We’ll be taking a break from EUREKA SEVEN and YU YU HAKUSHO for a week or so to catch up with a number of fine, new Funimation titles that have come to my doorstep. Read my thoughts on…
- SENGOKU BASARA: SAMURAI KINGS *** YAMADA'S FIRST TIME *** DRAGONBALL Z KAI
- CHAOS HEAD *** BUBBLEGUM CRISIS: TOKYO 2040 *** HETALIA: AXIS POWERS
I don’t know if I’ll ever reach the sort of long, quiet Christmas break I’d need to get that deep into ONE PIECE’s staggering volume of material. THE SIMPSONS is only just coming up on its 500th episode, and I checked out of that show years ago. The whole “What would you bring to a desert island?” dinner table topic might have a practical answer in some definitive collection of this show. And so, when I get sent box sets of this show to review, I really have to just pick one at random for the purposes of this column, because the notion of finding the right episode to review is probably as unattainable as the One Piece itself.
This was a fun one, to be sure. Out of the “big three” shonen right now, ONE PIECE definitely has the most "classic adventure" feel to it. Luffy, as I’ve said before, is cut from the same cloth as Peter Pan and his escapades with the Straw Hat team seem like they’d fit on the same shelf as Robert Louis Stevenson's work. They key differentiator, of course, is the superhero fight elements that make Luffy's rubbery barrage of fists so integral to the show. In an odd way, this seems like what would happen if a book like the SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON or a strip like TERRY & THE PIRATES got a shonen makeover that made room for a ton of clobbering. To that end, I did prefer this episode to the last random one I saw where Luffy was having a showdown with some master foe.
I don’t know what led up to this installments and it’s unlikely I’ll find out where it’s going to, but I had fun with the intrigue about this cute little Apis and her thoughtful, but incompetent, efforts to cook for the crew. It’s simply a solid serial with likable characters you’re fine just hanging around with.
Look up this episode, "Precursor to a New Adventure! Apis, a Mysterious Girl!" and decide for yourself.