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ONE PIECE #607 - - Special Review

ANIMATION MONEY... ON DISPLAY... THIRD GEAR!!!

I get the feeling that there’s been a hiccup or two going on “under the deck” lately for ONE PIECE. Not only is this episode a week late, it also recycles a scene or two at the beginning. At first, I was worried that I accidentally loaded the wrong video. Why, I even double-checked to make sure I didn’t! But I quickly realized that it wasn’t my fault, it was the show’s, and I’ve got a theory about why…

You don’t have to be at all versed in the logistics of animation production to sense that this ‘fierce battle’ between Luffy and Caesar is a carrot that’s been dangled in front of the animators all season. Artists are supposed to be able to draw everything, of course, but we all know that they enjoy a big, super-powered fight the most. The rendering on this one episode gets kicked up so many notches that it feels like watching a ten minute clip of a bigger budget ONE PIECE feature.

While we’re on the subject of ‘ridiculous escalation,’ as it were, I’m going to pull in another pop cultural talking point to articulate my appreciation of this show. Now that I’ve gotten to see happy-go-lucky Luffy swelling up with righteous indignation, I can’t help but think of KINGDOM HEARTS. Please don’t take this pejoratively, of course, but I’ve never been able to get over the ridiculous novelty of how those games give Disney’s funny animal characters their best FINAL FANTASY action makeover. Obviously, the approach worked, but it’s nevertheless amusing when you see Donald Duck doing all the badass posturing that’s typical to J-RPG’s.

Luffy is likewise lionized here in a fashion that’s just as much of tonal jump… but somehow, it just kind-of works. I guess if character wins you over with his silly antics, you're willing to follow him in whatever he does?

Watch this episode, "A Fierce Battle Gets Heated! Luffy vs. Caesar!” here and decide for yourself, then read my comments about the previous episode here.

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FoxxFireArt moderator on Aug. 15, 2013 at 8:39 p.m.
This will be Luffy after a few more episodes
This will be Luffy after a few more episodes

Right now, Luffy doesn't know why he needs to fight and capture Caesar. He says as much in this episode. He just talks about something fun will happen if he does. However, shortly Luffy will learn something in particular about Caesar that will give Luffy a reason. Something that will piss off even this happy-go-lucky pirate.

When Luffy gets angry, that's when he always pulls out some amazing new attack. That's how we originally got attacks such as Golden Rifle and Jet Gatling. You've seen examples of that with the Red Hawk and Elephant Gatling. Being ahead of the story in the manga, I can't wait to see what Luffy uses when animated.

This episode is an example of extending events for the better. They added tot his fight from the manga, and I htink that really helped make it more impactful. I loved every time Luffy got one of his really good hits in. This is a rarity for Luffy to go into a fight where he completely outclasses his enemy. Logia users are hard to hurt, and Luffy's struggling to get one good hit in. If Monet hadn't rescued him, this fight would have been over.

sickVisionz moderator on Aug. 15, 2013 at 10:49 p.m.

I haven't watched the episode, but from your description it sounds like this episode is an example of why I watch battle shonen anime: the hope and prayer that eventually they're going to deliver a fight that makes wading through the tropey and often mediocre story worthwhile.

I'm not sure why you usually only see these amazingly animated scenes in battle shows. Pretty much anything where characters are moving could benefit from hq animation. Like a major dance sequence in The iDOLM@STER (which actually did turn up at points) or even just a scene in a romantic series that's like the dramatic high point of the series.

YotaruVegetaon Aug. 18, 2013 at 8:53 p.m.

I wonder why episodes get delayed. Is it Oda? I wouldn't think so, but his health problems come around, then the show is delayed.

The action was great this episode, and I'm waiting for things to get really intense.

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