The part where Luffy, Franky and Robin speed down from the sky as some sort of composite human/rubber blockbuster missile provoked in me one of the stranger mixtures of surprise, humor, excitement and… mild disgust that I’ve experienced whilst watching anime. It’s a crowd-pleasing moment, to be sure. It makes you want to pump your fist for the Straw Hats’ inexhaustible boldness, and then laugh out loud over Law’s sneaky plan getting so loudly botched… but it’s also kind of a plainly revolting sight to see Luffy’s face contorted like that.
Well, we all know that crossing wires, mixing signals and pushing different buttons at once has been ONE PIECE’s bag since day one. You just never, ever get used to it.
All right, all right… I’ll lay off trying to understand ONE PIECE’s place in pop culture this time and just enjoy the show for what is.
My other favorite part this episode was when Brook’s little mini-crew stepped on the samurai’s frozen face a whole bunch of times before realizing he was there. There’s nothing funnier than pride taking a fall, and it’s been endlessly amusing to see this arrogant, old fashioned noble warrior get taken down a peg, over and over. His body’s been maimed, his face has been rearranged like a Janga puzzles, he’s had to take orders from a woman… and I’ll bet there are just oodles more indignities to come.
Third favorite moment was Law carrying around Chopper in a cute little nap-sack. Honestly, is that a kind of fan service? The show goes as much out of its way to show lil’ Tony in adorable, pet-like scenarios as to show Nami’s dangerous curves. They’re maybe twice as funny, and three times as cute, since we all know he can Hulk out into a savage, muscular beast at any moment. It’s just what GREMLINS would be like if Gizmo could freely switch back and forth from his Mogwai form.
Ahhhh… and I love Gizmo. I used to have a Gizmo plushie. Squee! I want you all to man up and be honest, now - - how many of you have a Chopper plushie in your posssesion?