I suppose we really can’t expect two “A” episodes in a row, can we? Oh, it proved to be much easier to shake off last episode’s emotional wallop than I expected. And you want to know why?
Because this episode basically gave me a 20-minute-long breather.
Repeatedly, some of you more season fans have expressed the sentiment that the ONE PIECE manga rocks, while the anime sucks. I won’t pretend to have any point of comparison, but if each 20-minute-episode really does correspond to each 20-page-chapter, I can easily picture where the discrepancy comes from.
The conventional wisdom about a page of screenplay translating to a minute of screen time doesn’t really work the same when you’re talking about a single page of a comic. At any ‘increment,’ Oda might elect to use a lot of panels, or only a few; or he might even use a splash, or a double splash. Each decision uses the same amount of space to a cover a different amount of plot (and to likewise depict a different amount of time in the readers’ minds).
In this case, I’ll estimate that Brownbeard’s tearful confession and the betrayal he subsequently suffers would have taken up about around 10 pages. The simpler confrontation (Round 3? Round 4?) between Luffy and Caesar probably took up just as many pages - - and I’m expecting it was composed mainly of larger, tense panels. As such, the ideal version of this installment would probably only be 15 minutes long. However, we all know that it has to be 20 minutes (can’t get any shorter than the already tight running time, no?) so the animation team had to figure out some way to stretch the material.
Thus... we get the sort-of clever portrayal of Luffy’s surprise entrance from two different perspectives.
While I can sympathize with the challenge this team faces, I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t ultimately prefer a KAI-style cut that pairs this show down into something tighter. Because“Punk Hazard” seriously needs to wrap up soon.
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