One Piece – 454
「仲間達の行方 巨鳥のヒナと桃色の対決」 (Nakama-tachi no Yukue – Kyochō no Hina to Momoiro no Taiketsu)
“The Friends’ Whereabouts! A Cheeper of Giant Birds and a Pink Showdown!”
Oh, the horror, the horror. Upon the Grand Line, Momoiro Island, Sanji lies in vain. I feel so bad for Sanji; however, the scenes in this episode were borderline yaoi (trap yaoi that is). If anyone were to hate on One Piece’s art, this episode would surely only further cement that belief. But hey, more info about the crew in this episode as well! As many people including me were guessing, Ivankov was once the “Queen” of this land, and Caroline seems to have been his subordinate. Perhaps when Ivankov returns to the island, he’ll take Sanji back to Sabaody.
The highlight of this episode has to be Sanji in a dress. I thought it was bad there, but then he starts getting embarassed, and it’s just a giant snowball rolling down a hill of bad. It may just be me, but Sanji could actually pull off being a girl if he didn’t talk and shaved his legs (at least more so than the other “females” on the island). But the whole getting embarrassed thing with the bloomers and then the accompanying images, along with screaming like a girl, this was just so wrong on so many levels. Has Sanji’s manliness been stripped to so little of a degree?! Hell even I felt embarrassed along with him… I had to pause the video to take a few breathers. Well, whatever the case, he’s not getting out there anytime soon.. -_-
Meanwhile in South Blue, on Torino Island, Chopper saves a chick with his medical skills. The chick is also the prime example that anything giant, round, and fluffy, will be cute (it even glows). Hilariously enough, Chopper cooks up the idea that after the chick grows up, it’ll be able to fly him to Sabaody. You know, I’d expect Luffy to come up with these kind of ideas, but Chopper often falls near the same tree sometimes. But Chopper at least has an excuse of being that young child with naive ideas. He definitely seems like the youngest in the crew, and everyone looks after him because of that. Still, I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s how he eventually gets off, given how far the island is from the Grand Line. Curious thing is, who knows why the birds fight the humans (well besides the obvious reason that they don’t like each other)? Maybe it will be of importance, maybe it’s just for kicks. Also, the humans have rocket propelled spears? Where the hell did they obtain that kind of technology?
I’ve noticed a pattern between these groups, as the previous two want to get back, but they don’t mind staying for a bit longer. Meanwhile, these two desperately want to return, and the next two have some indifference about getting back. Well, it might just be me. Usopp being a pig and Robin trying to help/escape the slaves should prove to a very interesting episode.