「怒りのJETピストル ルフィvs黒ヒゲ」 (Ikari no Jetto Pisutoru – Rufi vs Kurohige)
“Jet Pistol of Anger! Luffy vs. Blackbeard!”
If you think about it, it’s kind of weird for me to write impressions on the anime series when I already know what’s going to happen. So I won’t really be able to guess along with the viewers with questions and whatnot. However, the thoughts and feelings I felt when reading the manga at this point along with commentary on the episode itself still apply, so that should suffice for a lot. Actually, I could even give you the difference between the two, if I ever notice anything. I know that would be interesting to the many people who always ask “is this different from the manga?” However, given my knowledge, I’ll make sure to avoid any “implications” that would suggest anything in the future. You should rest assure that nothing I say will ever spoil the upcoming episodes. So don’t worry, and on with the show!
Before I go on, I thought I’d like to take a moment to bring all the viewers of the anime or interested viewers of the anime up to pace. Though I guess if you don’t want the spoilers of what’s happened before this, you can skip this next paragraph.
So, Luffy and crew made their way to Saobody Archipelago after some Duval interference and meet the most new characters introduced in the shortest amount of time ever. A lot of stuff happens, and they get into huge trouble after some “Luffy Justice” punches. Kuma finds them along with others and the entire crew is overwhelmed. The battle ends after Kuma uses his fruit power to “repel” them all into different areas of the world. After that, the story focuses almost entirely on Luffy, as he learns of Ace’s coming execution and tries to save him from Impel Down instead of reuniting his crew. With the help of Boa Hancock, Luffy successfully invades Impel Down and makes it to the sixth floor where Ace was imprisoned, meeting Ivankov and his okama crew along the way. However, Luffy makes it a bit too late, as Ace is already being moved, and decides to now break out of Impel Down to follow Ace. They round up a bunch of people to make one hell of a team and proceed on busting out. Of course, the owners of Impel Down along with some surprising entrances won’t let them escape so easily. The chaos begins. Enter current episode:
So continuing right away from last week’s episode, Mr. Marshall D. Teach aka Blackbeard gets a punch to the stomach, sending him straight to the wall. The two duke it out but Luffy’s abruptly stopped by Jinbei as he explains there are more important things to do right now. While watching the flashback to Ace’s battle with Blackbeard, I figured Blackbeard’s “sucking your devil fruit power” is basically just like what Haki can somewhat do. Albeit it’s still slightly different, but both make it so devil fruit users get their powers negated and take damage like a normal person. With that thought, Ace only lost because he didn’t have Haki. Conversely, Blackbeard should be a relatively easy as hell opponent to beat once Luffy masters his own “King’s Will” Haki. As a side note, it seems Luffy’s gotten rather used to calling out Ace after beating an opponent as if it were a battle cry.
Mind you, almost all the Buggy/Mr. 3 scenes have been elongated in the anime compared to the manga, but it’s not something I really mind. Though it can be frustrating at times, since they can drag it out pretty long like last week’s “yelling at the door” for 10 minutes scene. Of course the flashbacks included in the episode that I didn’t cap are also “filler” to drag out the episode to fit one chapter. To the purely anime viewer though, you won’t really mind, cause you wouldn’t know otherwise.
Crocodile pointed out that all the animal guards following Sadi-chan are actually Zoan type users, but “awakened”. They don’t ever seem to return to human form, so maybe “awakened” means a permanent state? It’s only interesting seeing as how Chopper is a Zoan type as well, and I’ve been wondering what kind of potential his fruit can have. It’s never really been delved into, but his awakened form is probably that giant monster form when he eats 3 rumble balls. If he were to be able to control that, then that would be a huge offensive power added to the Strawhat crew in the future.
Sadi-chan herself finally gets the “whip” as she’s ironically tied up in a bondage fashion by Ivankov. It’s actually more hilarious that Ivankov’s the one that made her that way, seeing as it’s likely he would possess the knowledge of BDSM rope tying. Blackbeard’s crew meets up with Magellan but get wiped out without a moment’s hesitation, leaving them poisoned. It’s times like this that I really appreciate One Piece for not going the “let’s stare at each other for 10 minutes, talk, then attack for 1 minute” cliche. Blackbeard was like mid sentence and Magellan just whips out that Hydra on their asses.
Hannyabal is seen completely wiped out, and you feel a bit of dignity for him. Magellan continues to push on to the staircase and begins pursuit. It’s funny, when I first meet these weirdly designed characters, I usually don’t think much of them. But the more time Oda gives them, the more they become likable or at least capable of dragging some emotion out of me for them. Maybe that’s just Oda’s power of character development?
Note: Regarding spoilers for the people who are caught up with the manga, please refrain from saying anything even indicating something might happen. I know it’s hard to resist telling people that they’re wrong in their theories and that in the future there’ll be “this and that,” but seriously, don’t ruin One Piece for someone when it was so much fun for yourself. If you really must say it, use the spoiler tags given above the comment box, otherwise don’t make the comment at all.