There’s something… manic to the sense of release I’m feeling as I watch this ridiculous bonus round between General Franky and DoFlamingo’s goons. It is the very definition of excess. The main action of the plot’s complete, we already pretty much got the gist of this fight last episode, there's no reason for it to continue, but… I’m just eating up every one of its utterly ridiculous gags.
After however many episodes of underage drug addiction, violent dependency withdrawals and a super-villain with a perverted John Wayne Gacy vibe, it’s a relief to just enjoy something just making fun of itself. (Of course, I’m saying this even when this is all intercut with the really menacing teases of DoFlamingo’s flight). I loved the droll, deadpan face Zoro makes as Usopp and Nami go through all their excessive shot calls and pose-downs. I cracked up as all the boys in the cast were geeking out on Franky’s super-cool mech suit, while all the girls were utterly nonplussed about it. And “General” being used as an adjective for anything was a recipe to get met chuckling.
I also was highly amused by how, because Nami and Usopp haven’t contributed much of anything throughout this whole arc, Oda makes a point to give them something flashy to do before the bell rings. It’s like he’s got some tally he has to fill out for every arc.
And the timing of that gag is doubly-notable, actually, because I watched this episode right after seeing STRONG WORLD (expect a review on that soon), and that flick hinges almost entirely on Nami and her weather powers. Oda plays such a long game that, even when a character’s relegated to an irrelevant scenery-filler for a whole year, he can still slyly smile and say, “Just wait… just wait… you’ll see.”
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