「巨大艦隊あらわる 襲来! 白ひげ海賊団」 (Kyodai Kantai Arawaru – Shūrai! Shirohige Kaizoku-dan)
“A Vast Fleet Appears! Here Come the Whitebeard Pirates!”
IF HE’S THE SON OF THE PIRATE KING, HE MUST BE EVIL! Ah, sheep of society, how little do you know. After last week’s “epic” reveal, the world is in total shock. I believe the audience is a bit shocked as well, unless you’ve read the manga. It’s funny, although I admire the scenes showing thousands upon thousands of marines, if you pause, you’ll notice they’re just repeats of sections of the art. With a couple parts of the pattern that really stick out, it becomes painfully obvious where that pattern ends, but I digress.
Random ramblings aside, this week’s episode finally begins the long awaited “Whitebeard War Arc” (at least long awaited for those reading the manga, like me). However, the fighting doesn’t really start until the next episode. Assuming from the preview, there won’t be any fighting right away in the next ep either, but starting from near the end. However, once it starts, it should take off pretty quick. If you’re thinking that telling you they’re actually going to fight is spoiling, well, that’s just a little absurd given the context.
Bearing in mind that the main point of this episode was to show how much of a beast Portgas D. Rouge was, the fact that the government had orders to kill mothers who were suspicious of holding the next child of Roger was a little morbid. Like Roger said, an unborn child bears no sin, and they could have killed that baby instead of the mother (though still morbid, but then you wouldn’t be taking two lives, I suppose). Such cruelty really makes you wonder what justice really is, and whether or not it’s a bit unfair that Oda slanders the Marines so much like this. The Marines definitely get their shine at times, but it’s pretty rare. It was a bit heart wavering to see Rouge as some sort of maiden who was left behind as the man she loves goes on to chase his dreams. It’s a little sexist if you do want to look at it that angle, but I’m a romantic, so I just see a tragic romantic ordeal here. I did kind of laugh at the way they presented Rouge trying to stop the growth of the baby by sheer willpower, with her just sitting on a rocking chair as the days and nights cycle, but her repeated words of “not yet” was a nice touch for emphasis.
Surprisingly, when the Gates of Justice opened, I did not expect Buggy to be standing there holding his staff like the son of God. I couldn’t help but stifle some laughter, especially with those rainbow colors wavering in the background. It was nice though, as there hasn’t really been any of that good ol’ One Piece humor in a while. Also, it was interesting how the Moby Dick looked when it came out of the water. As Sengoku pointed out, the Moby Dick was coated so it could go underwater, and it was shown with some sort of bubbly material that apparently pops as shown in the preview. I don’t really remember how it looked like in the manga, but this made it pretty obvious. Could it be possible that this is what Thousand Sunny’s coating will look like after Rayleigh’s done?
Note: Regarding my delay, I had my final exams yesterday, but I’m done with the summer term for a month or so. I’d still expect erratic releases within the weeks of OP episodes, but I’ll never be later than a week~ 😛