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ONE PIECE #591 - - Special Review

Drug addiction! Withdrawal! For kids, you know.

Well, ain't this some ironic timing? As you might’ve notice, I’m watching ONE PIECE from the front and from the back, as it were, and the last episode I watched (one of the earliest ones) was just nauseatingly precious. Obviously, even if these write-ups somehow happened to be on Oda’s radar (which is more preposterous than Gum Gum fruit abilities, certainly), the episodes in question were completed looooooooooong before I wrote about any of them.

All the same, though, it’s still fun to imagine Oda bristling at my critique and saying, “Oh, you want to get adult, now? Let’s get adult.”

Which is to say that this episode featured a rather shockingly-intense depiction of drug addiction. This is far away from, say, Garfield having a bottomless appetite for lasagna - - this is a bunch of kids going through violent withdrawal symptoms over drug-laced candy that some sicko’s intentionally got them hooked up on.

When I was a kid, basically every cartoon on TV had at least one episode that doubled as an anti-drug PSA. The most spectacular of the bunch, certainly, was which was a mega-crossover on the order you'd only otherwise see in fan fiction or in Patton Oswalt’s viral filibuster. Maybe it’s because the Straw Hats’ colorful crew is so varied that the characters could conceivably have been culled from various other shows, but my pop culture synesthesia was pulling that special up something fierce while watching this.

I don’t know, I’ve got a sense of humor that grows increasingly more morbid with time, but I found much dark amusement in how intensely dramatic the show gets, so fast, whilst still stubbornly making time for the usual chibi and panty raid jokes.

Yeah, yeah… it’s all good and disturbing in the context of this universe. It also plays like wicked, wicked black humor, and so, I totally approve.

Watch this episode, "Chopper's Fury! the Master's Inhumane Experiment!” here and decide for yourself, then read my comments about the previous episode here.

Tom Pinchuk’s a writer and personality with a large number of comics, videos and features like this to his credit. Visit his website - - tompinchuk.com - - and follow his Twitter: @tompinchuk

FoxxFireArt moderator on April 19, 2013 at 8:07 a.m.

The Punk Hazard arc still has some great moments coming. I remember this chapter also being pretty dark and disturbing, but the anime version of Synd's freakout was even scarier.

This episode was suppose to have a brand new opening theme. It aired in Japan, but for whatever reason FUNi didn't stream it. I've never seen this issue with opening themes before. From what I've gathered, it has some issue to due with licensing. So far, there's no sign when we'll finally get the proper opening. I hope that gets cleared up soon. I watched the new opening over on You Tube. It's nice. Though, it does spoil a few reveals.

zaldaron April 19, 2013 at 10:44 a.m.

So which mega crossover are you referencing? It is always hard for me to tell if an anime is amied at kids in Japan or not but they do seem to have more tolerance for not coddling their kids than we do.

Destinyheroknighton April 19, 2013 at 10:59 a.m.

@zaldar:

He was talking about Cartoon All-Stars: To The Rescue, it was a really bad anti-drug cartoon with Bugs Bunny, The Chipmunks, Michelangelo and others. I remember my Grade School Teacher show us that and it was so bad

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