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ONE PIECE #589 - - Special Review

ONE PIECE unveils its own Emotional Spectrum? Wait...

Look, I don’t make any bones about how I continue to look at a lot of these shows through the lens of American superhero comics. As such, I have no hesitation in saying that the big “continuity exposit” about the Worst Generation here totally smells like Oda’s doing a mythos-building retcon on the order of GREEN LANTERN’s Emotional Spectrum. I mean, just look at the screengrab above! It’ll only be a matter of hours before somebody on DeviantArt draws a fan art linking these outlier pirates to the Red Lantern Corps, Agent Orange and the Indigo Tribe, et al.

What’s funny is that this sort of continuity house-keeping is usually done by writers and artists making sense of the series they’re working on, however many years and decades after the original creators have departed it. Oda’s just doing it to himself here, though, and that’s a hell of a feat. I mean, he’s even at that level of metastasizing world-building now that most of the appeal of this episode comes from characters just revealing which other characters have returned to the storyline, right?

I have no attachment whatsoever to Caesar Clown, for example, but I’m willing to bet that many of you more seasoned fans were having a hell of time speculating over whether he might really be that pink gas demon this whole time. Oda certainly loves giving a funny, audible tick to almost every character, though - - so perhaps the guy’s weird, creepy laugh tipped you off to his real identify from the beginning.

Maybe it’s simply because I’m coming into this saga from the beginning, as opposed to dropping into the end; maybe it’s simply because I’m just a morbid guy and I prefer the twisted darkness of this research lab gone awry; but I’m already starting to like this a lot more than the Fishmen arc.

(That said, I will pick a nit and chortle over how the alligator-centaur-dude says that all the researchers were laying around paralyzed for a year before their “savior” came. You’d figured they all would’ve starved after a few weeks, no?)

Watch this episode, "The Worst in the World! a Scientist of Terror: Caesar!” here and decide for yourself, then read my comments about the previous episode here.

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zeemod155on April 3, 2013 at 6 p.m.

It's pretty hard to tell since some characters (Smoker) name-drop other character's (Caesar's) name like they've been mentioned or seen before. But this is the first time we hear of his name or see his face.

Petiewon April 3, 2013 at 6:40 p.m.
One Piece has always been big on expanding the world and referring back to older characters. After big arcs we usually see how past allies/enemies react to world news or what the Strawhats have been doing. Brownbeard was actually first introduced in a chapter that was showing the effects on the world after the Marineford War Arc. The strawhats are still the most important characters, but all the extra stuff fleshes out the world in a good way.
 
Like Zeemod said this is the first time we've run into Ceasar, most of the villains do have a distinctive laugh though.
Next week is a Dragonball x One Piece x Toriko crossover! I guess it'll run for more than one week, maybe?
FoxxFireArt moderator is online on April 3, 2013 at 6:42 p.m.

If there's something you can guarantee with ONE PIECE. Every villain has a unique laugh. Big villains are almost never seen clearly on their first appearance. The cloud of gas just sells to the audience that Caesar is a Logia devil fruit users. The way Smoker is made of smoke, Caesar is made of gas.

Just a point of fact, much of the expositionary imagery in this episode was never shown in the manga version. It was also in black and white. The anime staff did the color coding of the Eleven Supernovas. The Supernovas aren't a retcon. They were all introduced long ago. They were rookies crews, and their fame has grown over the two years to be known as the "worst generation."

To be fair, you missed some pretty epic moments in the Fish-Man Island Arc (Luffy kick Hordy), but Punk Hazard is also a good one.

One of my favorite scenes was Tashigi telling Smoker to close he shirt. Not becasue it reveals so much of her breasts. It's just a humorous way of calling it out that no matter what Smoker always has to have his shirt open.

YotaruVegetaon April 7, 2013 at 10:03 a.m.

How could you not look at this show through the lens of American superhero comics? We know Toriyama was a fan of Superman and whatnot, and without knowing for sure, I bet Oda likes American superheroes. Or, at least, The Joker.

I don't think the color coding of these guys means anything to their personalities or types, though. In GL, colors mean something. I think this was just "it's cool looking to color code these people.

As a Skipper (get it, it's like Shipper, but instead I'm skipping episode- whatever) I have never encountered Ceaser. I would think that he's a new character! Also, going back to surmising that Oda likes batman villains, could Ceasar Clown be named after Caesar Romero? Eh!?

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