Has anybody else been reminded of the infamous trash compactor scene from A NEW HOPE whilst watching this extended meet-cut between Luffy and Momonosuke? I’m half-expecting them to start panicking because some sea serpent slithering down in the trash around their feet.
This, at last, has to be the “straw breaking the camel’s back” moment you lunatics have been warning me about for so long. And it honestly makes Luffy out to be seriously thick headed. He hasn’t been able to guess that Caesar’s had the worst of intentions for poisoning and otherwise mutating these kids? He really needs one of the victims to actually come out and tell him so explicitly before he'll get upset about it?
We’re talking about our typical shonen lead, of course, and they’re wonderfully free of character flaws, for the most part. However, if we’re to meditate upon it (and that’s the whole point of an episode-by-episode write-up, natch) this honestly seems like one of the quirks that’d make Luffy a little less-than-charming to actually be around. To whit, it furthers my theory about him actually being willfully removed from his own (outlandish) reality. It's the same state of top-down denial that’s also making him intentionally avoid any logical steps to reach the One Piece.
Another piece to the eventual thesis…
On another note, I find Oda’s choice to render Mononosuke’s human form as a constant, unrealistic silhouette to be rather oddly endearing. Most others adventures would jump through a lot of hoops and use a lot of awkward camera angles to conceal a surprise like that. Oda? He opts to just go for the easiest and most direct route. You can picture him basically just playing a shell game with his hands and winking at the audience, saying, “Nah-nah-nah… you weren’t going to see this just yet.”
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