It’s time to say goodbye? Leaving Punk Hazard? Oh, I simply couldn’t think of a more cathartic title.
Don’t get wrong - - the visit to this island has been an enjoyable one, for the most part - - but Tommy needs a break from the Straw Hats. Think of me as the weird, new, morally-ambiguous stranger who joined our heroes to help battle their latest foe, only to mysteriously part ways with them once the dust settled. I might not be back for the next arc, or the one after that, but there’s a good chance I’ll return in some shocking and totally unexpected fashion down the line.
It was amusing to see the pirates’ feud with the marines resume so arbitrarily as soon as the banquet was done (they were all but turning to the camera to wink about the “illusion of change” trick the show plays). And Law spinning the tables around on DoFlamingo was a fist-pumping moment, for sure (though I did think the punishment he inflicted on the underlings was almost unsettlingly macabre).
Beyond that, I don’t know if there’s anything left to be said. ONE PIECE has a way of using two or three episodes to make a point that could’ve been expressed in just one, and Punk Hazard’s final installments are no exception. We really said all of our goodbyes last time - - these are just the overlong hugs that need to be pried apart by the members of the party who’re keeping their eyes on the clock.
Look for my fuller thoughts on this arc in a new Vice Pit episode at the end of the week. There’s just too much to get into here. This will be the last fresh-off-the-stream ONE PIECE episode I’ll be writing up for a while, but stay tuned. As soon as I get done with the first arc of HUNTER X HUNTER, I’ll be using this space to play catch-up on the newest installments of Gon’s adventures. You heard it here, first!
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|Tom Pinchuk’s a writer and personality with a large number of comics, videos and features like this to his credit. Visit his website - - tompinchuk.com - - and follow his Twitter: @tompinchuk|