I’ll be honest… I’m reaching another point of fatigue with “Punk Hazard.” Perhaps this episode was simply below the usual quality level, but I’m starting to get a better understanding of how “off-seasons” in TV broadcasting are needed to give the audience a break as much as the crew.
I’ve lost track of the episode number I started with, but it’s safe to guess that I’ve been following this show for around 26 episodes at this point. That would be the length of a whole season in a regular show, but we all know that concept’s irrelevant to ONE PIECE. This 15 ‘season’ has been running continuously for over a year and half, and I feel like the crew would be running it daily if they could.
Joker’s name has no relevancy to me, and neither does Don Quixote Doflamingo’s… so the successive chain reaction of shocking reveals that takes up the majority of this episode held no resonance for me. I understand that this wasn’t ‘filler’ in the way that fans usually define it, but it still felt rather padded in my eyes. A quarter of the episode’s devoted to this silly prelude with the G-5 bullies that runs on a lot longer than it should. Another big chunk is devoted to the children going through another fit of violent drug withdrawal that’d be shocking... if it weren’t the third time we’ve seen them freak out on screen. We get the point, now!
The only piece of new information that seemed relevant (to me, anyway. Always about me) was the reveal of these kids’ parents and their missing children photos. Then again, the sympathy points are kind-of incremental, now. You can see that these kids have got families worrying about them... but weren't you already feeling sympathetic already?
I don’t know how much longer I want to stick with this. Certainly, I want to see Luffy deal out some fiery comeuppance on this Caesar Clown creep. However, if we’re honestly only halfway through this arc, I don’t know if I’m willing to ‘power through’ another 26 episodes to see that payback.
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