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ONE PIECE #586 - - Special Review

Matters suddenly get very intense for the Straw Hats.

...And we’re back after our little hiatus.

To be honest, I won’t actually bother to find out why the show’s production was delayed a week, but it’s nevertheless amusing to entertain the notion that it’s simply because Oda took a week off, however many months ago. The show prides itself on each episode being a direct adaptation of a chapter from the manga (with the short run times and padding longer recaps to enable that, of course), and I imagine that’s a funny situation for everybody involved .

An entire animation staff constantly waiting on the workflow of just one guy? As if producing a strip every week weren’t stressful enough, right?

Anyway, this was probably my favorite episode of this whole arc ; maybe even for the series entire. Perhaps I’m officially “in too deep” with the show now, but all the mayhem just had a much clearer focus for me in this outing. There was a real sense of danger during Luffy’s titular sink into the freezing water, a real sense of menace to the wizard-swordsman’s arcane demonstrations of magic, and a real sense of thrilling adventure when Brook came to save the day.

What I especially appreciate about the show at this stage, is that it’s getting away with tossing around everything and the kitchen sink, as far as fantasy concepts guy. The whole “Musicals Chairs of Consciousness” game that goes on between Franky, Nami, Chopper and Sanji would be seen as wacky enough for a whole episode, or even a whole arc, in another series. Here, it’s almost incidentally tossed up, because it’s seriously the least absurd thing going on.

I keep saying this show is like watching the metastasizing of fanciful ideas, and there really is something sublime to behold when the metastasizing reaches a critical mass like this.

Watch this episode, "In a Real Pinch! Luffy Sinks Into the Ice-Cold Lake!” here and decide for yourself, then read my comments about the previous episode here.

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Username_Undefinedon March 6, 2013 at 7:54 p.m.

I wish the group that got body switched had kept the voice actors that went with the body, but I guess it would have been difficult to transfer their verbal mannerisms to a different person.

FoxxFireArt moderator on March 7, 2013 at 4:48 a.m.
I'm not 100% sure about this, but I'm fairly sure ONE PIECE has breaks for much the same reasons shows in the US will air re-runs during a new season. It's either national holidays, some other big TV event on that day (ie Super Bowl or Oscars), or some combination of events.

The mind / body switch is going to be playing through much of this arc, and it's not over just yet.

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That would be interesting for the actors, but it works out great for me. This way I can keep the voice actors straight when I work on the episode wiki here.
Om1kronon March 8, 2013 at 1:37 p.m.

I don't mind the breaks since I was a week or two behind on the show anyway. New schedule has me all backed up on my anime and comic books damnit. I don't want to spend my free time on the weekends reading lol.

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