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?)