One Piece – 465
「勝者だけが正義 発動! センゴクの作戦」 (Shōsha dake ga Seigi – Hatsudō! Sengoku no Sakusen)
“Justice For the Winners! Sengoku’s Strategy in Action!”
Presumably, Oars dies. Of course, it’s One Piece, so no one ever dies, right? Because of that fact, it’s hard to believe any death, making it more difficult to feel any sadness. I thought they took a little too long stretching Oar’s “death” scene, and felt like there wasn’t going to be much to say until the last half of the episode came around.
Anyway, before the Oscar winning performance scene comes around, they had a bunch of more fodder fights, with two highlights. One was Doflamingo yet again showing off his powers (I like how he uses his MIDDLE finger to control people). I know I was supposed to feel “shocked” that the captain was slicing off his own crew mates, but nah, that didn’t happen. The other highlight was Colby and Helmeppo finding out the higher up’s plan of executing Ace earlier on to surprise the pirates. I’m not sure if this was how it happened in the manga, but Colby seems to be getting a lot of screen time.
What I really liked about this episode was Garp’s reaction towards it all. The flashbacks were hilarious, and it was amazing how I was laughing at one moment, then going silent the next. Garp had some good lines, and the scene overall was adapted pretty well. Unlike the captain killing his own crew mates, I had no trouble sympathizing with Garp and his struggle with his only “grandchildren” being pirates. Mark this down as another winning teary eyed scene for OP history.
Of course, if the episode ended there, I wouldn’t have been too unsatisfied, but suddenly a ship starts falling from the sky. At first I thought it looked like Enel’s ship, and I was like, “Holy shit, Enel as filler? This could be insane..” But no, it was Luffy finally joining the battle. These two reactions in particular almost had me choke on my drink. With the main character now finally here, things are about to get a whole lot more interesting.
Note: woohoo, made it before the week ended D: