You’ve really got to wonder how many hours that omnipresent snow effect slaps on top of each episode’s rendering time, don’t you? By design, it isn’t supposed to be that noticeable. It’s just background noise (or foreground noise, perhaps), sure, but anybody who’s fiddled around with Photoshop or After Effects can attest that a semi-translucent layer actually demands a fair amount of processing power.
Now, imagine that power being demand, over and over again, at 20 frames-per-second… and you get an idea of how much added hassle a simple weather effect might demand.
This episode was pretty much entirely devoted to Luffy and Caesar’s first throwdown. I don’t see much point in giving a blow-by-blow, but I did think it’s amusing to recount the fight’s larger escalation...
Initially, it’s just a prolonged “Dude, cut it out” moment as Luffy creeps out Punk Hazard’s biggest creep by giving him a bear hug that he just won’t let up on.
Then, it turns into the most agro Tex Avery slapstick bout, with Luffy perhaps being the first toon to ever make a super-move out of holding’s one breath.
And finally, things get kind-of terrifying as Caesar makes good on his gaseous threats and basically just poisons all the good guys.
(Seriously, Luffy’s voice actress does some of her realest acting yet when she goes through the various stages of choking and asphyxiation. That part was… uncomfortable).
Actually, I was gearing up to wax a bit about how ONE PIECE seems to get a pass on a lot of ‘rules’ of dramatic storytelling because of how established it is, now. I was going to say how Luffy seems to rarely every be losing, or in any threat of getting his ass kicked… and then he was promptly defeated by this sicko. Maybe ONE PIECE actually does still pay those rules their proper reverence?
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