Back when I was following the “Punk Hazard” arc, week to week, for a year, I figured the appeal of ONE PIECE could be summed up, in its most basic terms, as a weekly opportunity to hang out with the Straw Hats for 20 minutes. What came before a given episode, and what came after it, didn’t matter, so much. Certainly not as much as it would for a finite series.
To prove this point, I figured I’d just drop back in after sitting out for dozens of episodes… and, look at that, I’m pretty much right.
The Straw Hats are on another island. They still haven’t defeated Don Flamingo. I don’t know the specifics of why a beaten and bruised Caesar Clown’s continuing to be in the picture, but I don’t really need to. Hell, there’s nothing about the predicaments Luffy, Usopp and Sanji’s are in which I can’t guess.
Usopp’s been telling some tall tales, and a society of cute Lilliputians have mistaken him for some legendary hero. Luffy’s been mistaken for ‘Lucy’ by the announcer of a pseudo-Roman gladiatorial arena, and now he’s got to do battle with a mega-bull like some elastic matador. And Sanji’s found himself playing white knight to yet another beautiful lass who isn’t likely to return his affections. That all sounds about right.
And you know what? That’s all perfect. Popping in like this brought a smile to my face, because I didn’t have to deal with weeks and weeks of… * AHEM *… deliberate pacing to get to this point. I don’t plan to stay on board with the Straw Hats for the rest of this voyage, but it was wonderful to visit with them. Again, the most appeal is why this show’s #1, I reckon.
Watch "Shaking Heaven and Earth - - Admiral Fujitora’s Power" and decide for yourself.
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