One Piece – 457
「海軍本部直前回想特別編 兄弟の誓い!」 (Marinfōdo Chokuzen Kaisou Supesharu – Kyōdai no Chikai!)
“A Special Retrospective Before Marineford! The Vow of the Brotherhood!”
For an episode that’s about 80% recap… yeah, no it still wasn’t interesting. But I mean, it was fun to see Ace in action again, as he’s never made that strong of a presence in the story much. With 456 episodes in the anime, it’s nice to see a recap of Ace’s emotions and reasons along with Luffy’s before Luffy goes and attempts to rescue Ace. The recap itself was rather well done, a nicely selected handful of clips, along with some parts reanimated (though I think they were reanimated in the past in another episode already). Other than that, there’s really not much to say as you’ve seen it all here before folks.
Next week also has the subtitle “A Special Retrospective Before Marineford!”, even though it’s covering new content. Let’s hope that it isn’t 10% new content and 90% recap.