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ONE PIECE #593 - - Special Review

Chopper has the most adorable roid rage ever.

A lot of what’s so uniquely bizarre about ONE PIECE can be summed up, quite succinctly, in the scene where the Yeti Brothers are holding Nami-as-Franky captive. She’s hanging from some ropes, squirming around and questioning how they’re going to molest her because, since she has such a rockin’ body, that’s got to be the only reason they’ve captured her. Of course, the Bros don’t know that she’s a “she” - - all they’re seeing is this big, beefy cyborg dude, don’t forget - - so they wonder why he/she is going on so much about all these perverted things he/she is expecting from them.

One bro says, “He must be a queer. That’s cool.”

The other bro then says, “But people who talk too much aren’t cool.”

And then we carry on to a fight between Luffy, the Bros and, later, Trafalgar Law which proves to be one of the best staged action scenes I’ve seen in the whole show.

I’m fixating on this part because it couples so many strange and adult ideas with so much absurdity; and that strange, adult absurdity kind-of double by virtue of the fact that it isn’t actually lingered on. ONE PIECE shrugs it all off so flippantly because, in the scheme of things, it’s probably the least strange part of the show.

Along those lines, I’m also rather tickled by how there’s been such a pronounced drug subtext in this arc (actually, let’s be real: it’s text, not subtext). Caesar Clown pretty much is the supervillainous pirate version of “Mr. Dealer,” he intentionally got these giant kids hooked on drug-laced candy which they’re now suffering violent withdrawal from, Franky-as-Chopper gets some serious roid rage off a performance enhancer because he can’t pace his hits, and I feel like all the Devil Fruits could fit into some narrative about the consciousness-expanding powers of herbs.

Again, I think it takes a small mind to credit creativity to drug use, but the pharmaceuticals are a lot more noticeable in this fantasia than they are for, say, ALICE IN WONDERLAND. Anybody else noticing this?

Watch this episode, “Save Nami! Luffy's Fight On the Snow-Capped Mountains!" here and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.

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FoxxFireArt moderator on May 1, 2013 at 11:09 a.m.

One of my favorite bits in this episode is when Luffy uses his most powerful attack in that entire fight on Franky to knock him out.

The drug Franky took was the rumble ball. It was created by Chopper. Normally, chopper could only transform into three forms, animal, humanoid, and hybrid. The rumble ball allows Chopper to create different hybrid forms for more powerful attacks or defense. If he overdosed and took three. Chopper would become a rampaging monster with incredible strength.

However, after Chopper's two years of training, he no longer needs the rumble ball for those hybrid forms. He only needs one to become the Monster, and he finally has control over himself.

I guess Chopper neglected to realize Franky might not have control of that form. It was worth it for that scene of Franky's monster version of "Super!".

YotaruVegetaon May 5, 2013 at 10:56 a.m.

Franky-Chopper raging out on Luffy reminded me of Hulk chasing Black Widow in The Avengers. Of course, with a One Piece twist.

How can you be a cool brother when one of your brothers is cut in half? That's not cool.

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