Ah c’mon… I know that nobody ever dies in the world of ONE PIECE, but that was a total cop-out. It was such a dramatic, harsh and, dare I say, cool moment. Trafalgar pulls the cruelest slight-of-hand by swapping Smoker’s consciousness with his subordinate’s at the precise moment that he’s about to die? That’s got the panache of a classic Joker- esque practical joke.
“You’re so upset about your boss dying? Fine, he’ll get to live on - - through you!” Or something to that effect. == TEASER --
Well,it might as well have been a shell game he was playing with this hearts, because I guess he threw a new one into the exchange faster than you could see it. Maybe I’m just bagging on this because it’s not as fun as the 4X4 switcheroo he pulled off with the Straw Hats, but… still… c’mon…. it’s a cop-out.
Watching this episode right after #2, it’s hard not to smirk bemusedly about how Nami has evolved. Look, I’m not prudish about this stuff, but there’s no skirting around the fact that, in the current show, the most salient aspect of the character is now her bodacious rack. She’s either wearing a teeny-tiny bikini top, or somebody’s ogling her cleavage, or there are a multi-episode sub-plots (such as this one) that are almost entirely focused on her getting felt up by a guy who’s in control of her body.
Again, it’s all harmless and cheeky humor. However, I guess ONE PIECE only gets a pass for this kind of thing because it’s a funny, foreign show. If this happened in an American comic or cartoon, you can only imagine how many offended blogs would be written about it.
(And I would’ve loved to have been around during the timeskip that saw her just leaping through this part of puberty; if only just to hear the reactions from the audience).