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ONE PIECE #609 - - Special Review

Heart-wrenching thrills, right here!

Now that he’s using all these Wesker-like super moves (and remembering to clean his face), Vergo is finally living up to the badass rep that Oda wanted us to just buy when this dude was introduced however many episodes back. The show’s kind-of getting into soap opera territory (where half the conversations seem to consist of terse talk about characters’ bitter history together), but I do appreciate the irony of this guy toying with Law in exactly the same fashion as when he tortured Smoker earlier.

Actually, “the show being on the other foot” seems to be an odd, recurring theme for this episode. Between the narcotic candy that the lil’ big’uns are hooked on and Caesar’s uncanny resemblance to the weed demon from CARTOON ALL-STARS TO THE RESCUE, it feels like Oda’s been weaving some greater theme about drugs in this ‘Punk Hazard’ arc. It’s all the more striking when Chopper frets about the effects of his performance-enhancer (a steroid by another, fantastical name) running out while he’s warning the kids not to take any more candy because it’ll ‘ruin their bodies forever.’

I always felt like there was something… noteworthy about how most of the superhumans in this world get their powers from ingesting exotic plants. Hell, ‘Devil Fruit’ and ‘Logia’ are only a few syllables away from ‘Devil Weed’ or ‘Lotus.’ No, I’m not trying to draw some tenuous point about “What ONE PIECE is really about” on the order of a head shop clerk’s radical interpretation of ALICE IN WONDERLAND. Nevertheless, drugs do pop up a lot in this series, with wildly varying levels of malevolence and benevolence, and I’ve got to wonder if Oda’s parents might’ve been doctors or pharmacists or some such, because there is undeniably a message recurring here about one must know the difference between good drugs and bad ones.

Now, one of you go run with this thesis for your grad school paper.Watch this episode, "Luffy Dies from Exposure?! The Spine Chilling Snow Woman Monet!” here and decide for yourself, then read my comments about the previous episode here.

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Om1kronon Aug. 29, 2013 at 11:16 a.m.

I think the scene where law tried to recall his heart and vergo kicked the crap out of him was VERY well animated. Which excites me for the upcoming fight scenes for this arc. I honestly couldn't wait for this one to be over because the map of where the hell everyone was confused the hell out of me in the manga. But the story is awesome and it just keeps getting better.

FoxxFireArt moderator on Aug. 29, 2013 at 1:52 p.m.

Devil Fruits come in three types. Paramecia, Zoan, and Logia. Logia are among the most powerful Devil Fruits. I like the comparison of the Devil Fruits to drugs.

In fact, the Monster Point was originally a reaction to an overdose of the Rumble Ball. When desperate, Chopper would purposefully overdose himself to get that power. Now he only needs one Rumble Ball and has control of himself. The consequence now is that he can't move his body for a while afterword.

Vergo's is using a combination of two separate techniques. You've already seen the Armament Hardening, which is an advanced form of Armament Haki. The other is Six Powers (aka Rokushiki). It's a martial arts taught among the World Government agents and the Navy. Sanji's Sky Walk technique is roughly based on one of the Six Powers.

zaldaron Aug. 30, 2013 at 7:14 p.m.

If someone somewhere cites the vice pit in a graduate thesis we will have come full circle on oddity...I truly do like the more pHD englishy ones you do...need to pick a great philosophical series to follow and get all watch and learny about again.

YotaruVegetaon Sept. 1, 2013 at 10:06 a.m.

I think the overall theme of One Piece is "Be careful what you wish for" Before One Piece, I think we all knew the eating of a fruit that brought great change to the human world. If Luffy had never ate a Devil Fruit, he might not have been witness to so much death and destruction, but what meaning would his life have in that existence? He would be an incedental character in someone else's adventure.

Now, to the episode. Trafalgar Law's hat, RIP.

Man, Dr. Tony Tony Chopper would have no chance of running for office. Here are just 2 (or three, tee hee!) reasons.

Chopper, fighting with children? Chopper nestled in the bosom of a human woman. Oh, the shame!

Vega put a mean whupping on Trafalgar, and I honestly thought he might've been done for.

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