「マゼランの奇策！はばまれた脱獄計画」 (Mazeran no Kisaku! Habamareta Datsugoku Sakusen)
“Magellan’s Scheme! The Jailbreak is Obstructed”
After this episode aired, I had heard there were some fillers coming up, so I thought this episode might have suggested such. However, no suggestion was made, and it seems that next week will continue the story. That’s always a good thing, right? Let’s hope fillers don’t pop up anytime soon, even though it seems unlikely.
Ah, the candlewax robot suit. Similar to the Pirate Docking 5, Luffy gets his own extra arms and legs to fight against Magellan’s poison. I think it’s supposed to be incredibly funny, but it only comes off to me as somewhat amusing and random. To be honest, his reactions are far more hilarious. On another note, with the way Magellan’s poison always makes a sizzling sound when hitting the ground, you’d think his poison would be acidic enough to eat through most things; however, Mr. 3’s wax is apparently good enough to stop it. But according to the preview, Magellan takes it up a notch and finally manages to eat through the wax.
On the other side, the others have made it out of Impel Down, but found all the warships to have sailed away. However, Jinbei comes to the rescue and rips out a door for a makeship boat. Buggy made a hilarious face here that I somehow did not capture, but he had some nice reaction faces in this episode overall, so I capped some of those. While some people may call Buggy’s ability to gain followers and surviving inevitable odds a sheer stroke of dumb luck, I feel that he may be just as good as Strawhat. Maybe there’s a will of Buggy surging within him, and I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if he made it to Raftel in the end. In a world where “Destiny” is popularly considered fact, maybe Buggy’s destiny is to stumble and screw around till the end. As Oda said before, Buggy was his favorite villain (might just be a will of Oda then, eh?).
Jinbei was the highlight of the episode, what with his rasengan style powers. As he was pulling it off, I thought to myself if Oda will ever explain random powers that seem to make no sense like Jinbei’s. Oda usually does, and it’s quite possible it’ll be explained when everyone gets to Fishman Island. It’s just interesting to know that everything can be reasonably explained by a logical explanation, with nothing just “pulled out of a hat”. Shounen usually strays into those territories, as it’s an easy card to play, but giving reason behind powers makes it all the more interesting. It’s always more epic when you know how something works when it’s pulled off than going “oh wow, a huge crazy spirit.. wait, where did it come from?” And then you spend the rest of the time wondering where that thing came from instead of enjoying it’s effects.
So it seems next week will have better animation again, as Luffy fights Magellan more seriously, but previews always choose the best parts to trick you with. As of right now, I have no recollection of what happens next, so it looks like I’ll be in suspense as well.