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ONE PIECE #570 - - Special Review

This was one of the least-gross images from the episode.

OK - - that business with the poo villain molesting the mermaid princess got really weird, really fast. I considered using a screencap of it as the header image for this write up - - since it definitely is the most striking image of the episode - - but I opted not to, lest this start seeming like a piece on Rule #34 of the Internet and its special relationship to THE LITTLE MERMAID.

Eeesh… that was weird.

And that’s very probably the point. The more the villain makes our skin crawl, the more we enjoy seeing Luffy clock him halfway across the ocean, no? That’s not a rule of the internet - - it’s a rule of shonen TV. For damn sure. That was very satisfying to watch

Maybe it just came down to the fact that the last handful of episodes where supposed to be the cathartic, action-packed release of an epic saga - - and thus, there’s not much to get aside from who’s punching whom - - but I actually had a harder time getting into the story this time. It’s a transition point, taking us from one mega arc to the next, and it’s invoking all this complicated backstory that I wasn’t around for, obviously. I can pick up on the none-too-surprising reveal that the bad fishman’s actually been hitting an undersea kind of steroid that’s sapping his youthful vigor as quickly as it's pumped up his muscles; but all the business with Blackbeard, and Whitebeard, and the assorted feuds between pirate factions was strictly an exercise in callbacks.

Again, I don’t fault the series for doing that - - my fault for not being around earlier, certainly - - but it’s still worth noting in an effort, perhaps, to understand which portions of the Straw Hats’ endless adventuring are more accessible than others.

Also - - seriously, what’s the deal with Neptune appending “jamon” to the end of some sentences? Is that just some cute verbal tick of his? I thought I got the idea early on, but the repeated usage has got me wanting a real answer, now.

Watch this episode, "The Straw Hats Stunned! the New Fleet Admiral of the Navy!” here and decide for yourself, then read my comments about the previous episode here.

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FoxxFireArt moderator on Nov. 1, 2012 at 3:25 p.m.

ONE PIECE is often a series of personal character quirks. The issue with Neptune saying "-jamon" is a Japanese sort of quirk. Often times, in Japanese you end a statement with "desu". It's sort of a way that you let it known the end of the sentence or statement. I'm sure you know the story about the Naruto "Believe It!" line. It was just a replacement for Naruto's verbal tick of ending his sentences with "dattebayo". It's something similar to that.

Women actually do something similar. You may hear Nami or Robin end a statement with "desu wa". That's considered the feminine way of talking. I'm sure you've heard it in other series.

Luffy has had experiences with both Admiral Aokiji and Admiral Akainu. Aokiji easily defeated Luffy, but is actually an honorable guy. He was the guy who saved Robin from the slaughter on Ohara when she was eight. Akainu, as you could tell, was the one who put that scar on Luffy's chest and killed Luffy's brother Ace. Blackbeard was the pirate who captured Luffy's and handed him over to the Marines.

Caribou has the power of the Swamp-Swamp fruit. He was the one who actually kidnapped the mermaids earlier but the Straw Hats got the blame. He was trying to do the same thing to Shirahoshi.

Om1kronon Nov. 1, 2012 at 11:18 p.m.

@FoxxFireArt said:

ONE PIECE is often a series of personal character quirks. The issue with Neptune saying "-jamon" is a Japanese sort of quirk. Often times, in Japanese you end a statement with "desu". It's sort of a way that you let it known the end of the sentence or statement. I'm sure you know the story about the Naruto "Believe It!" line. It was just a replacement for Naruto's verbal tick of ending his sentences with "dattebayo". It's something similar to that.

Thanks for clearing up that verbal tick part for naruto... I always wondered what the hell he kept saying because they never translate his tick like they do in other series such as this. The same way lambo in Reborn always says "monet" but I have no idea what the hell that means. I always look for some clue while watching other anime's. They translate Collonello's "Kura" but not lambo's "monet"

About a minute into this vid.

No_name_here staff on Nov. 6, 2012 at 12:14 p.m.

@Om1kron said:

@FoxxFireArt said:

ONE PIECE is often a series of personal character quirks. The issue with Neptune saying "-jamon" is a Japanese sort of quirk. Often times, in Japanese you end a statement with "desu". It's sort of a way that you let it known the end of the sentence or statement. I'm sure you know the story about the Naruto "Believe It!" line. It was just a replacement for Naruto's verbal tick of ending his sentences with "dattebayo". It's something similar to that.

Thanks for clearing up that verbal tick part for naruto... I always wondered what the hell he kept saying because they never translate his tick like they do in other series such as this. The same way lambo in Reborn always says "monet" but I have no idea what the hell that means. I always look for some clue while watching other anime's. They translate Collonello's "Kura" but not lambo's "monet"

Ah-ha! So it's a button line! It's like every time Macho Man would say, "Oh yeah!"

My mind's kind of blown about NARUTO. Believe it!

@FoxxFireArt said:

Luffy has had experiences with both Admiral Aokiji and Admiral Akainu. Aokiji easily defeated Luffy, but is actually an honorable guy. He was the guy who saved Robin from the slaughter on Ohara when she was eight. Akainu, as you could tell, was the one who put that scar on Luffy's chest and killed Luffy's brother Ace. Blackbeard was the pirate who captured Luffy's and handed him over to the Marines.

Caribou has the power of the Swamp-Swamp fruit. He was the one who actually kidnapped the mermaids earlier but the Straw Hats got the blame. He was trying to do the same thing to Shirahoshi.

Yeah, I'm definitely going to need a reference sheet while watching this next arc, I think.

FoxxFireArt moderator on Nov. 6, 2012 at 1:53 p.m.

@No_name_here:

Ah-ha! So it's a button line! It's like every time Macho Man would say, "Oh yeah!"

My mind's kind of blown about NARUTO. Believe it!

Yeah, that's a good way of putting it.

I thought you knew about the Naruto thing. When VIZ Media was first dubbing the series, they had this extra dialog space due to the animation that was added for his verbal tick, so they replaced it with him always saying "Believe it!". However, everyone found it annoying quickly, and they quickly stopped. "dattebayo" actually has no meaning. You discover later that this is something he inherited from his mother, Kushina.

Yeah, I'm definitely going to need a reference sheet while watching this next arc, I think.

You don't need a reference sheet. You have a whole wiki database on this site. I already know what's coming for the next arc. I'll try to anticipate what's coming and make sure the needed pages have details on them.

Ace sacrifices himself to save Luffy
Ace sacrifices himself to save Luffy

Long Story Short: Blackbeard is a renegade member of Whitebeard's crew. Ace, Luffy's brother and a commander in the Whitebeard Pirates, was chasing Blackbeard, but he was captured by Blackbeard and handed over to the Marines for a place in the Seven Warlords (privateers basically). The Marines were going to try and publicly execute Ace as a message, but that turned into a war between them and Whitebeard's armada. You also learn that Ace isn't Luffy's biological brother. He was the son of Gold Roger that Luffy's grandfather, Garp, adopted to save him. Akainu killed Ace when he took the blow meant for Luffy, Blackbeard then betrayed the Marines, killed the seriously injured Whitebeard, and somehow stole Whitebeard's powers from his corpse. Blackbeard is now the only person who holds the powers of two devil fruits.

YotaruVegetaon Nov. 6, 2012 at 6:13 p.m.

Whitebeard and Blackbeard are actually shown in flashbacks in a recent episode.

I know some people prefer character moments to action, but so much went on in the war that transpired before we got to this arc. There are tons of relevant characters in it- and many of them will return, no doubt. If you have the time, check it out.

It's been spoiled for you already, but it was spoiled for me as well. Still, it was an impactful moment when Ace died, and I think it would've shocked me more if I went into it fresh. I mean, who expects a death like that to happen? No Dragonballs in sight!

Another note about Naruto's infamous catchphrase: In flashbacks, we get to see Naruto's parents. I forget what his mother says at the end of her sentences, but I think it was better than "-datebayo!" I also think his father may have a verbal tick, but I could be wrong.

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