「世界を滅ぼす力! グラグラの実の能力」 (Sekai o Horobosu Chikara! Gura Gura no Mi no Nōryoku)
“The Force That Could Destroy the World! The Power of the Tremor-Tremor Fruit!”
I felt Marco’s voice actor was pretty familiar last episode, but I didn’t really bother looking. Feeling fed up with that tip of the tongue feeling, I went and searched up who his seiyuu was. Lo and behold, his voice actor is Masakazu Morita, otherwise known as your friendly neighborhood.. Kurosaki Ichigo. I’ll leave that for you to brood over. Interesting.. I got Naruto in my HOTD and Ichigo in my OP. I’ll be half expecting him to shout Getsuga Tenshou from now on.
Anyways, if there’s one thing that was pretty obvious this episode, it’s that the anime put a shitton more buildup to Whitebeard’s initial attack. Is the extreme exposition actually working for you anime only viewers? I can’t tell. Exposition, exposition, expo- oh we’re here. Whitebeard actually did the tremor in the beginning of the last ep, and it took 16 minutes in this episode to finally rise up. It’s quite humorous, seeing as how all that happened in only about one page from the manga. With the manga, it felt like it was a sneak attack, and really blew through your mind saying, “this is how badass Whitebeard is.” Instead you get a slow ass buildup (with some Buggy n’ Mr. 3 filler), and even then it looked like ass until it’s final wave (why the hell does it look like orbs of water until the LAST second when an actual real looking wave pops out?). I’ll say this though. The fast pacing of the manga made the war feel frantic, with attacks and counterattacks laid one after another, so the anime better do a good job of keeping that feeling. While the first attack took pretty damn long to set up, Aokiji’s counter followed suit quickly enough, so let’s hope they keep it up! On a sidenote, I liked how Django and Fullbody appeared in this episode from nowhere. If you’ve never read the cover stories from the manga (and if memory serves me right, no anime episode was made either), I don’t think you’d have any idea why they’re now part of the marines (well, Fullbody was demoted).
I didn’t think about it previously, but this arc could easily have some filler inserted here and there. I would not be surprised if they lengthen random fights, or insert new ones altogether. Quite honestly, I wouldn’t mind either, as it would keep my viewing experience a little fresh. For the anime only viewers, it should be enjoyable as well, since they’re fights after all. Next episode will start showing some completely new devil fruits, and your mind will be blown.
I still can’t get over Whitebeard’s laugh. It makes my stomach lurch for some reason.