Our fearless leader Tom Pinchuk sure has been showing a sadistic streak lately. He wanted me to review the latest episode of ONE PIECE, which is about 300 episodes later than where I am in the series! I'm not really concerned about spoilers, but once again my limited knowledge of the show hopefully lends a perspective that you regular watchers don't usually get.
So the episode, entitled "Intense! Aokiji vs. Dolflamingo!", promises a standoff between a WWE reject and Slash's older, bigger brother. What it instead delivers is what felt like ten straight minutes of people staring at each other, followed by the biggest letdown I've ever seen a show pull.
Now, I try to be epicurean in my storytelling tastes. I have been known to say things like "anticlimax is still climax" in defense of unpopular story decisions. But when you're a shonen fighty-fighty show and you title your damn episode about a fight then I have certain expectations - - one of which is that no one CHUMPS OUT OF THE FIGHT. LIKE A CHUMP.
You're clearly just buying time, ONE PIECE--you're giving me plot blueballs. Promises were made. Promises were broken due to budget concerns.
Then you know what? Let's spend more than half the episode with the Straw Hats who aren't even fighting anyone. They're all just sort of hanging out, relaxing, and dealing with a whole bunch of hangers on and prisoners. This includes a child who has I think the best trollface of any anime character I've ever seen.
This whole thing just smacks of filler bloat to me... hopefully it'll pick up again soon. This series deserves better.
Watch this episode, "Intense! Aokiji vs. Dolflamingo!" here and decide for yourself, then let us know what you think in the comments section below!
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