I can’t help but see something pointed about the assembly-line nature of production for this show. The 600th episodes just sort-of comes and goes without any fanfare. Perhaps the three-way-crossover with TORIKO and DBZ already marked the radius of this with enough pomp, already, but still… let’s put this in perspective. The current longest-running American show is the SIMPSONS, and that’s only 528 episodes. The longest-running American show, historically, is GUNSMOKE with a 635 episode count, and it’ll be few years SIMPSONS gets close to catching up to it.
ONE PIECE’s count has long eclipsed SIMPSONS’, and it’s only a matter of months before it pass GUNSMOKE. Right now, we’re talking about 600 episodes, at about 20 minutes (on average), with 200 hours of programming in total. That means, you could watch the show continuously, for a week straight, and still have plenty of material left. That’s a staggering feat...
…And the fact that the show can just casually shrug such a milestone off convinces me, once again, that we’re seeing a metastasized stage of storytelling here.
Now, what about the episode itself? Well, Caesar continues to be the creepiest villain ever. I felt legitimately uncomfortable in my skin when the kids all came sprinting after him because he’s basically offering them candy out of his hand. One of you lunatics said that, later in the arc, we’ll see Luffy get seriously pissed at the guy, and if this particular sub-plot continues to develop, I can see some the Straw Hat getting plenty of fuel for some burning, righteous indignation.
Past that, I don’t know any of the villains lurking in the shadows during Caesar’s infomercial, so it had no effect on me. Brownbeard’s return was a nice surprise, but I was more impacted by Chopper’s all-too-adorable antics as he’s trying to sneak around. Anything Chopper does is cute!
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