「すべてを焼き尽くす!! 大将赤犬の能力!」 (Subete o Yakitsukusu!! Taishō Akainu no Chikara!)
“An All-Consuming Inferno!! Admiral Akainu’s Power!”
So I was rewatching and skimming the episodes near the end of Thriller Bark, and this was after skimming around some Clannad + AS episodes, but somehow I felt more openly emotional than usual. It’s like I’ve been watching anime with a cold heart for the past year, because I couldn’t believe how much sadder Clannad got the second time around. Anyway, because of this random stint, I probably got more used to the pacing. I just wanted to mention that in case anyone else thought this episode’s pacing was horrendous. By the way, the deaths of the Rumbar pirates was practically poetic, with them each dropping dead one by one as the song ended. It really made me think how much I’ve been under-appreciating the anime recently, but I guess recent events aren’t so emotional to feel the same.
With that said, yes, compared to the previous episodes, the pacing in this one seemed okay. Fights were quick, rapid talking, your typical expected OP battle. I guess it’s a little boring so far since Luffy has yet to appear, but the flashy attacks of the admirals and commanders had me tided over pretty well. While Kizaru’s “Yasakani no Magatama” attack didn’t look that brilliant, Marco’s phoenix transformation counterattack made up for it. His mahou shoujo style transformation scene was a little weird, but it wasn’t long enough to be awkward. Diamond Juzo, commander of the third division, apparently can transform his body into well, diamonds. LOOK AWAY. LOOK AGAIN. HIS BODY IS NOW DIAMONDS. His ice throw was also a lot bigger than I remember from the manga. Akainu’s magma fist looked pretty damn good animated, but still doesn’t really possess that level of animation to impress. On a more trivial note, I noticed that out of all the giants, the one and only girl they got actually looks like a normal girl except blown up. Also, this guy made me laugh pretty hard with his completely random ass power of pulling out a hammer from a pocket on his chin.
Near the end of the ep, Little Oars Jr. comes out from the shadows (where the hell was this guy hiding?), and by the looks of the preview, shall begin his “reign of terror”. Looks like both side’s are pulling out all the stops now.