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ONE PIECE #606 - - Special Review

Well, at least they died happy, right?

‘Fan service’ is a stupid term. In anime, it’s mostly used as double-speak for T&A by fans embarrassed about their own love of cheesecake. When it’s borrowed by the ‘norms,’ it’s a too-broad term for winks, nudges and Easter eggs. Ask for an explanation of what it actually means, and people will stammer out some explanation about it being “when a show… uh... gives the fans what they like,” as if that weren’t the basic aim of all entertainment.

You know what ‘fan service’ really is? Watch this episode. You won’t find Nami’s boobs bouncing or obscure references to arcs from long ago, no, but you will find a non-stop series of scenarios designed (almost tenuously sometimes) to make our heroes look as cool as they possibly can be…

Sanji gets to play White Knight when a woman’s in peril!

Chopper Hulks-out after a long dry-spell and totally wrecks Caesar’s minions!

With fiery purpose, Luffy gives ‘the master’ a spoonful of his own medicine!

In other words, scenes that insistently give you everything you look for in a heroic escapism, and none of the boring little moments you don’t want. Fan service.

Of course, as I’ve stuck with the show over the course of this arc, I’ve come to realize that one byproduct of weekly airdates is that show really just ebbs and flows between the exciting stuff and the drier stuff. If there were more time to reconsider, re-edit and re-balance, we might have a more even distribution of the goods - - but that ain’t the name of the game here.

Put simply, this was one of the good ones (although Vergo’s cool super moves still couldn’t salvage how stupid his food-on-the-face gimmick is).

Watch this episode, "The Treacherous Vice Admiral! Demon Bamboo Vergo!” here and decide for yourself, then read my comments about the previous episode here.

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YotaruVegetaon Aug. 6, 2013 at 11:34 p.m.

You're right. When Luffy sucker punched Ceaser, I was overjoyed. An episode usually does not end like that, and it was incredible.

Oh, by the way, we still have not seen this moment someone said would get Luffy genuinely mad at Ceaser. My theory is that the Samurai's child (Momonosuke, is it?) is dead, a victim of Ceaser's experiments. What is worse than child murder? It will not only make Luffy mad, but that proud samurai will have a genuine moment of sensitivity. Two in one shot.

FoxxFireArt moderator on Aug. 7, 2013 at 12:56 a.m.
The interesting thing about this arc is that it's one of the first times Luffy goes into a fight grossly outclassing his opponent. The only problem is getting a clean enough hit on Caesar, a Logia user.

The series would be a lot tighter if they didn't extend the episodes, but then they'd have to do filler arcs.

Verging is using a martial arts developed by the Navy and World Government called Six Powers (Rokushiki). It was created to oppose most devil fruit users. He's mostly using the Finger Pistol (Shigan) attack.

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