「死んでも助ける ルフィVS海軍戦闘開始」 (Shindemo Tasukeru – Rufi VS Kaigun Batoru Sutāto)
“Even If It Means Death! Luffy vs. the Navy; The Battle Starts!”
After telling Whitebeard of the new execution schedule, Luffy promptly rushes into the battlefield to save Ace. He smashes a bunch of fodder along the way, then meets some old enemies such as Fullbody and Jango. Of course, they’re still as stupid as ever, so Hina steps up for some challenge. Luffy pulls out his Gear Second and easily escapes, leaving Hina, “Hina owned”. Moria then raises his zombie army and stalls for more time until Jinbei arrives, easily destroying his zombies. Man, if Jinbei were there back in Thriller Bark, the arc would’ve ended in 5 episodes. Anyway, Ace soon begs Luffy to stop and go back, because we all know that’s really going to work. The drinking sake scene is a bit intriguing, but more so for manga readers, as only they would know what I’m talking about (don’t spoil though, obviously -_-).
Two things were revealed to the world this time, one being Luffy’s relationship towards Ace, and the other being Luffy’s relationship to Dragon. However, we as an audience already knew these, so it wasn’t as big of a “reveal” to us as it was to everyone else in the OP world. This caused quite a stir within people, and oddly enough, even elevated Boa’s infatuation. I feel like this scene was a lot less epic than I remember, but it’s probably just me. They ended the episode with quite a bang, going with a sketchy style of Gigant Rifle. Sketchy style apparently makes things seem “so insane that the lines of this dimension that hold this character together are starting to become weak under his/her epicness”. It was done a lot in TTGL. ‘Nuff said. Has the animation ramp up begun?
Next episode seems battle ridden, and with a title of “an army of devil fruit users vs an army of devil fruit users,” you know some serious shit is going down.