I figured that the body-swapped Straw Hats had actually exchanged their uniquely-stylized eyes to signify who was in whose body but, to be honest, I wasn’t playing close enough attention to the details to know for sure. As such, now that some of them have been restored to normal, it’s a little validating to see that suspicion confirmed. Indeed, it’s even funnier to realize how Franky’s bugged-out, roided-up peepers were on Chopper’s cut lil’ face, or how Nami’s especially doey eyes are now blinking under Sanji’s perverted brows.
Some of you are likely saying, “Well… duh,” over this particular observation, so I’ll take this opportunity to once again liken a lot of ONE PIECE’s plotting to tropes of modern superhero comics. Oda’s collected so many figures into the toy box at this point that I reckon a lot of the appeal lays in the simple, continual rearranging of those toys. That is, you can attract several episodes worth of interest by simply mixing and matching the main heroes’ voices; and you can also make a whole plot point out of a blatant tease like the part where Law’s conversation about the Emperor gets drowned out by the winter winds.
For long-time viewers, the fun lies in all the speculation that clue invites - - all of you debating which toy in the toybox is being talked about. For new viewers, like myself, it’s almost as distracting a tease as the parts where the Bride’s real name is bleeped out in KILL BILL.
Anyway, on a less “pop cultural” note, I’ve got to say that Caesar Clown has grown a lot of more menacing since he’s been revealed as this perverted drug dealer. I don’t care if the real “master plan” is to create an army of giants (even if we have seen how badly that can go in ATTACK ON TITAN) - - he’s a creep with a laugh/tick that’s actually creepier the more he uses it. He’s seriously given off a “John Wayne Gacey in ONE PIECE” vibe, now.
“Hey Law - - are you going to betray me?”
“See? Good enough!”
You can't help but a love a hero who just revels in his own naivete, right?