「仲間達の行方 空島リポートと改造動物 」 (Nakama-tachi no Yukue – Wezaria Ripōto to Saibōgu Animaru)
“The Friends’ Whereabouts! The Weatheria Report and The Cyborg Animals!”
Despite this episode being so called a filler episode, there were actually some information given out that wasn’t in the manga that I was hoping for. Things such as Weatheria actually being able to travel and is currently moving to Sabaody Archipelago is a fact I’d say would help in speculations of the future. At least we know how Nami’s getting back, right? Franky’s story, on the other hand, did not show as much regarding new info, except for the fact that Vegapunk made those mecha-animals. The manga showed them in front of the Vegapunk lab, but the anime showed them going inside and apparently meeting someone, even though they didn’t even show who it was. No hint here on how Franky’s going to get back to Sabaody though. Maybe there’s some kind of teleporter in the lab that links to another one on Sabaody.
Regarding theories on whether or not the crewmates were sent to these islands on purpose, I’d be on the side that believes it was on purpose. Nami and a weather island is just too much of a coincidence not to think she was sent there on accident. Franky, being the tinkerer he is, on Vegapunk’s home island, Bulgemore, is also something that seems like it was planned. While the others, such as Zoro, Usopp, Sanji, Chopper, Robin, and Brooke don’t seem as obvious, I’d suggest it’s merely just because we don’t have enough information on their parts yet (and also the fact that I don’t want to spoil what will be shown in the upcoming episodes). The other thing is, if these destinations were planned, who planned them? I can’t think of any higher ups who would do such a thing, and I doubt Kuma would do so of his own actions. Closest I could think of is Vegapunk perhaps being a double agent, working for the Government, but secretly working for the pirates as well. But these are just speculations upon speculations.
As a side note, I thought the old man helping out islands with his weather science was a heartwarming scene (even if he tried charging a hundred million beli), as these islands are pretty much devoid of any outside help if you had any disastrous circumstances. If you’ve been watching these past 452 episodes, you’d know to expect these kind of scenes, but they’re always nice to see even if this one might have been filler.
With cross-dressers and giant birds that are the top of the food chain, next week’s focus on Sanji and Chopper should be an interesting one, to say the least. Maybe they’ll continue to uncover more reasons why they were sent there, or how they’ll be getting back.