ONE PIECE #597 - - Special Review

Topic started by No_name_here on May 28, 2013. Last post by FoxxFireArt 1 year, 6 months ago.
Post by No_name_here (856 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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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?

Watch this episode, "An Intense Battle! Caesar Exercises His True Power!” here and decide for yourself, then read my comments about the previous episode here.

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Post by FoxxFireArt (2,649 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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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 kickedand then he was promptly defeated by this sicko. Maybe ONE PIECE actually does still pay those rules their proper reverence?

You just haven't been watching long enough. Pretty much from Sabaody Archipelago Arc through to Marineford (Ep. 400-490) was just a series of Luffy either getting his ass kicked by more powerful foes to him having to run from a battle. During Impel Down, he was nearly killed. Though, surviving that even is also why he's now immune to most poisons.

These series of repeated losses were a part of the story. It was to prove to Luffy that he was too weak for the journey ahead. That's what convinced him that he needed training. This isn't even counting the horrendous beating he took in Eneis Lobby.

Right now, Luffy just wants to capture Caesar. It's more part of the fun of the adventure for him. However, a little bit later in this story. Luffy will learn something that will make him hate Caesar. And when Luffy hates an enemy, he always pulls out something epic.

We're nearing the end of Act 2 of the arc.

Post by Petiew (244 posts) See mini bio Level 14

Luffy has actually been beaten quite a lot throughout the series. In an earlier arc Luffy got impailed by a hook, right into his stomach and out through his back, and was left for dead in the desert. He'll often even the score by the end of the arc but this isn't always the case. Like Foxx said there was a long stretch where Luffy faced up against some of the strongest guys in the series and got repeatedly and brutally beaten.

The threat of the Straw Hats getting beaten is low at this point. Next arc could see some hard fought battles, but these first few are just to demonstrate how much tougher they've become over the timeskip.

Post by Donwun (127 posts) See mini bio Level 12

Oh Yeah...he's been out for the count in some serious ways Tom (always wondered how 4kids would censor this. ha)

Post by No_name_here (856 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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@Donwun said:

Oh Yeah...he's been out for the count in some serious ways Tom (always wondered how 4kids would censor this. ha)

Yeah... that would be hard to walk off.

@FoxxFireArt said:

Right now, Luffy just wants to capture Caesar. It's more part of the fun of the adventure for him. However, a little bit later in this story. Luffy will learn something that will make him hate Caesar. And when Luffy hates an enemy, he always pulls out something epic.

We're nearing the end of Act 2 of the arc.

I still can't believe we're only just barely halfway through this arc.

@Petiew said:

me hard fought battles, but these first few are just to demonstrate how much tougher they've become over the timeskip.

How long ago was the timeskip again?

Post by FoxxFireArt (2,649 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@No_name_here
The time-skip began in Episode 517. So, near on around 100 episodes ago.
Post by YotaruVegeta (612 posts) See mini bio Level 12

Luffy's win-loss record isn't stellar at all. This is One Piece, not Yu Gi Oh! I think with new techniques like haki, certain villains that would be tough for him to fight are now beatable.

I don't know if you've seen the Impel Down arc (mentioned in this very episode), @No_name_here, but the final battle there couldn't be won by Luffy without some help. Otherwise, he would've definitely lost.

@FoxxFireArt: Wait, Luffy doesn't hate him at this point? He's a wicked mad scientist who experiments on kids!

Post by FoxxFireArt (2,649 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@YotaruVegeta:

Notice that he's not attacking Caesar with any real malice. In fact, he's laughing during this fight. After a bit, Luffy will learn something that will make him HATE Caesar and want to crush him.

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