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ONE PIECE #614 - - Special Review

All hearts will be broken after this one! WA-CHA!

Wow… I’m… honestly at a loss for words.

Is this really the same show that had an entire episode devoted to Luffy chasing after some guy dressed as a poodle?

Watching ONE PIECE for almost a year, now, I still feel like most of these write-ups end up being exercises in me simply trying to understand how all its seemingly-irreconcilable components can possibly fit together. For as often as I’ve mused about the patent absurdity such zany characters tackling dark subject matter like drug addiction, it’d be simply dishonest to say that this single episode was anything but a devastating wallop.

After however many episodes of build-up - - blowing off steam intermittently with a super fight, of course - - “Punk Hazard” has swelled to one serious emotional crescendo.

To dissect it a little more clinically, the key to the impact here isn’t so much about the cruelty inflicted on these innocents as it is about the tragic futility of those trying to reverse that cruelty. Mocha’s sacrifice hits that much harder because you’d know she’d have thought of a smarter alternative…. if only she were older. And she’s never going to be older, as has often been repeated to us.

Likewise, knowing that Chopper could’ve saved these kids - - if only the Straw Hats had arrived earlier, if only he hadn’t run out of his Hulk pellets - - makes his helplessness all the more frustrating. Were it not for one or two arbitrary circumstances, he would be to fix things. It’s just like that old scene where Superman’s Pa dies of a heart attack. All that power, and he couldn’t save them.

I guess there’s always a chance that the Straw Hats can pull a happy ending out of this but, after this wrenching roller-coaster, it’d feel a seriously cop-out.

Watch this episode, "To Save Her Friends! Mocha Runs at the Risk of Her Life!" here and decide for yourself, then read my comments about the previous episode here.

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I was a little shocked how graphically they showed Mocha's suffering and coughing up blood. It really hits an emotional button. I remember writing my review for this chapter, remarking that children can do the stupidest things while trying to help. However, she took what was a believably child-like solution. You can't really blame her since she doesn't know better.

Chopper isn't out of Rumble Balls. He just can't use one after the other. He can hardly move his body after the change back.

You have to remember the primary audience of ONE PIECE. Though it can at times get pretty dark occasionally, this is targeted to petty much teens and up. Not sure it qualifies as "Family Show" but close.

zaldaron Oct. 4, 2013 at 3:49 a.m.

Ah so is this what makes luffy mad enough to go all out that we talked about what feels like a month ago?

YotaruVegetaon Oct. 6, 2013 at 2:38 p.m.

Yeah, this was a rough one. A bloody, dying kid? This turned into a hospital drama.

Om1kronon Oct. 7, 2013 at 8:49 a.m.

I wanted to skip this episode. sigh

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