One Piece – 448
「マゼランを止めろ！イワさん奥義炸裂」 (Mazeran o Tomero! Iwa-san Ōgi Sakuretsu)
“Stop Magellan! Ivan-san Unleashes His Secret Attack”
The clock’s ticking with only four hours left until Ace’s execution. Everyone frantically runs up the levels of the infamous underwater prison, Impel Down. However, because of the extremely slow pace of the anime, we’ve only reached level two. This episode was especially draggy with the three minute preview and obvious staring contests It doesn’t plague One Piece too much usually, but this week’s was pretty bad. I’m assuming they purposely dragged it out to follow each chapter’s cliffhanger accordingly, or at least to avoid cutting off any drama or action in the middle in upcoming episodes. See, it’s all about the plan..
The entire group finally catches up with Buggy and co. who have been busy trying to escape at their slow meager pace. One thing I can’t tell is if the anime still gives the same feeling of rush and chaos the manga depicted so well. I thought that was pretty fun to feel, the thrill of escaping with everyone, as if you were actually there. Though the anime being slow paced and weekly makes it harder to feel that flow, so you get what you get.
Anywho, last week I thought they would’ve amped up the animation this episode, with the whole movie 6 style animation director (who was responsible for Gurren Lagann, ep 5 of FLCL as well as Dead Leaves). However, though the animation was pretty good when Ivankov turned himself back into a man, the fight itself was mediocre, without much highlights anywhere else in the episode either. I guess for a manga reader like me, episodes like this are a tad uneventful with no real action scenes.
I’ve always thought Ivankov’s power was a bit cheap, with unlimited “DEATH WINK’s” to use. Everytime he uses it, I feel like eventually his eye’s going to start to bleed like an overused Amaterasu, but it never happens. They never really explain his power either, so it’s kind of “convenience” I guess? Probably one of the biggest issues with One Piece is that it seems power levels are mainly determined by fruit. A prime example would be Kizaru, with his Pika Pika no Mi (Glint Glint Fruit), which gives him an incredible advantage. Now the main question would be, did he get his admiral position after he ate the fruit or before? I guess one could argue that all the admirals may have used their own strength to find the fruit, or the government awarded them the power after they placed into that position. If you haven’t noticed, almost all high level positions contain a user with a Logia type, so I doubt it’s a coincidence of some sort.
However, if you throw Shanks in the mix, it just doesn’t make much sense. He’s been heavily implied to be one of the strongest characters in the series, and he doesn’t even have a devil fruit power. His Haki is definitely well developed as it’s on par with Whitebeard which was demonstrated a while back. Again, I feel if and whenever Haki will be explained, it will put a much needed explanation on how everyone’s power is measured.
Interestingly enough, I remember feeling “oh crap is Magellan going to capture them again?” around this time so perhaps next week will be the start of that. Though it seems to be more of the same as this week, hopefully they at least get to level one eh?
Note: Like last week, regarding spoilers, please use the spoiler tags, or don’t write it at all please. Hopefully this will be the last time I’ll need to bring this up.