Maybe it’s because the notion of a WMD that’s essentially a colossal grape Fruit Gusher absolutely tickles my black heart, but this episode was very likely my favorite out of this whole “Punk Hazard” arc. At many turns, ONE PIECE seems like a demented Saturday morning cartoon, so having Caesar’s evil master plan look like something hatched from a commercial that’d actually run during one of those toons seem perfectly fitting. I mean, we all knew that shit would rot your teeth, sooner or later - - it only follows that it’d bleach you out of existence on the macro scale, wouldn’t it?
(Just to run this train of a thought a little further - - anybody else find it very easy to picture the Straw Hats running into Cap’n Crunch and aiding his war against the Soggies for an arc?)
That’s what this entire episode was focused on, wasn’t it? Our heroes manically fleeing for their lives across the snow as they’re being chased by the products of a giant pop rock experiment.
The only other notable thing that happened here was that mysterious note getting chucked at Chopper’s face and confirming all the hesitant thoughts he was just running through his head. It’s exactly the sort of ‘plot development’ that would’ve happened in second grade, come to think of it, so this episode was just pushing all sorts of buttons that made me think of that very specific time in my childhood.
At this point, I’m less curious about the identity of who was warning Chopper and more hopeful that the next stage of the arc will see the Straw Hats getting back at Caesar by slamming his secret Pog collection down.
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