Thanksgiving was last week (if you hadn’t noticed), and ONE PIECE wound up getting lost in the holiday shuffle (if you hadn’t noticed). And that feels appropriate, somewhat.
I’m not usually one to shy away from drawing tenuous comparisons in these write-ups, but this time, I’ll leave it to you more clever lunatics to figure out the precise wording of a comparison between filler and stuffing. Even without a properly pithy analogy handy, I’ll still say that the idle pace of this episode made me think of the kind of quaint, bloated lethargy that follows your typical T-Day dinner.
I mean, c’mon, let’s be real - - the Strawhats have been bidding farewell to the fishermen for the past month straight. Lately, the appeal of this show has been more about just hanging out with your old, fictional pals than it’s been about watching any plot advance.
Maybe that sounds a little detached. Well, my commentary on ONE PIECE is probably always going to be as such. Coming into the show in the piecemeal fashion that I have, there’s really going to be no utterances of “Ah-ha!” from me when the callbacks come up for eccentric naval captains and pirate lords with beards of various colors.
Likewise, when I see Luffy and his pals all making a pinky promise to rejoin the mermaid queen someday, I’m less moved by the friendship being reasserted as I am just simply amused by the show setting up another loose end that very probably won’t be addressed again until episode #673 or #773 (taking all the recent, long-due cameos as the show’s M.O.).
One thing I’ll speak from the heart about (instead of the head) is the theme song. Not sure if I’ve said it before, but the “Ich! Ni! Sun-Shine!” chorus is so infectiously grin-inducing. It immediately makes me think of good times at the beach with the friends, and - - as stated just before - - that’s exactly what the hook of this kooky highseas superhero adventure boils down to