As basic as the gag about Nami flipping out on Sanji is, I suppose there actually is an extra level of humor there since we all saw that him changing the coat on her body was probably the least pervy thing he did while he was in control.
If I went back through the episode numbering, I’d probably find that the body-swapping sub-plot went on for a pretty long time. However, I still got enough of a kick out of it that I felt just a little disappointment when Law finally reversed his 'shambles' spell. The show really could have centered an entire arc around this gimmick alone. (They might still eventually revisit the gag, with different mixing and matching, somewhere further down the line, right?)
ONE PIECE strums different chords in my pop-cultural synesthesia at different times (as I’ve said repeatedly here). Occasionally, it reminds me of the elegantly-imaginative world building of a classic strip like LITTLE NEMO IN SLUMBERLAND; and that was certainly the case this episode with the many shots lingering on the eerily serene, snowy ruins of Punk Hazard. When a show is as breathless in its plotting, you appreciate the moments it takes to stop and occasionally linger on its own fantasia. We all should ‘smell the roses’ from time to time, no?
Weirdly enough, I think this is the first time I’ve seen Brook use his very-Negative Man astral projection trick. I did a little outside snooping about it (having never got the proper introduction to the guy), and didn't realize until now... that his powers come from a Devil Fruit? Would one of you more learned fans give me the 411 on ol’ bonesy here? Those fruits really are the catch-all cause of power in this world, aren’t they?
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