It’s honestly a little sobering to realize how long it’s actually been since the last banquet episode. You know, the twenty-straight minutes of partying and feasting that tied off the “Fishman” arc. I’d like to think that a lot has happened in real life since then, but I can only imagine how much more might’ve happened in the show if it were paced a wee more swiftly.
Honestly, while the reunion between the samurai pop and the samurai squirt is touching - - the moment where lil’ Mono is finally allowed to end his growling fast being the emotional high point - - I can’t help but think about how their sub-plot would likely be one of the first things to go if this mega arc ever got a hard-nose re-edit. Their moment was, of course, enabled by very GHOSTBUSTERS-like reveal that Caesar’s poisonous gas only just encrusts its victims in plaque. And, if you take a step back, that’s rather amusing because it means that not one person, except for Monet, actually died in this whole conflict (and I know she’s coming back later from Foxx’s manga reviews).
Oda even does a bit of slight-of-hand to reveal that all the addle children are going to leave this island, drug free and in responsible, caring hands. Even while it’s a harsh reflex to have, my kneejerk reaction is still to feel like this was a bit of cop out for such an otherwise-uncompromising tragedy. However, that reaction’s only fleeting, because Oda doesn’t cheat. The notion of Law separating these kids from their habit (on the microscopic level, most likely) plays b his own rules rather cleverly.
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