Sure, it’s probably too easy to look at every supervillain who cackles with perverted delight over his own villainy and compare him to the Joker. Still, I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t starting to hear Caesar’s lines ‘auto-dub’ in my mind with Mark Hamill’s voice at this point. Even past the basics of this being a clown-themed creep who uses creatively-designed poison gases, the whole scene of him showing off Smiley to a gallery of roguish buyers seemed like exactly the sort of stunt that Hamill’s Mr. J would do. And that bit where the slimer catches CC embarrassingly off-guard and eats the big, deadly candy ahead of schedules is precisely the sort of bubble-bursting gag that’d often happen to Hamill’s more self-serious clown prince of crime.
I got some warnings to watch out for ONE PIECE’s 'Joker,' last episodes, but I’m seeing far fewer comparison points in Don Flamingo at the moment.
(By the way, somebody totally needs to draw some fanart, right now, of Caesar teaming up with TIGER & BUNNY’s Jake Martinez. You know - - that other anime Joker tribute).
Maybe it’s because I get easily grossed out by bad table manners, but the running joke about various food-stuffs sticking onto Vergo’s face really isn’t working for me. Nothing about that character has been terribly interesting, to be honest. He’s not colorful enough to be fun like Caesar, nor ‘respectable’ enough to be a badass. He’s just an awkwardly-designed sketch whom Oda’s just running with because he never gets time to re-think an idea once he’s put it in the comic.
Also - - I will say, once again, that this whole sub-plot with kid’s drug addiction continues to be one of the most atonally messed-up things I’ve ever seen in a shonen show. Especially now when the girl’s being tormented by visions of serpents. That’s like an ALTERED STATES level of messed, right there.
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