EP 365 – 473
This week I watched episode 365 – 473. That’s over 100 episodes this week which is totally insane, but the reason why I watched so many episodes is because One Piece is getting really, really good. So much happened over the course of these episodes that I’m not going to be able to fit everything into one post, so I’m going to give you some of the highlights now, but be on the lookout in the coming weeks for both an “Impel Down” review and a “Summit War” review.
I started the week with Zoro making a noble sacrifice, cementing his place as my favorite member of the Straw Hats. I’ll talk more about that in my upcoming Thriller Bark Review. Sorry, but there were just too many episodes this week to go into detail about that here. After leaving Thriller Bark, the crew headed towards Fishman island but soon realized that there was no way for them to get there because it’s underwater. Conveniently, the crew ends up accidentally rescuing a Mermaid named “Camie”. She is willing to help them out until she finds out that her friend Hatchan has been captured. Luffy and his crew agree to help Camie out until they find out that Hatchan is the fishman that used to be part of the Arlong pirates that held Nami and her village captive for years. After seeing that Hatchan has turned over a new leaf — so to speak — and is trying to live an honest life, Nami tells the crew to rescue him. This shows great character development for Nami and brings back a character from the beginning of the series.
Finally, after everyone has decided to become friends, Hatchan and Camie take the Straw Hats to Sabaody Archipelago to get their ship coated with a special material that will allow them to sail the ship under the sea to get to Fishman Island. Upon arriving at Sabaody, Hatchan quickly makes Luffy promise not to defy a Celestial Dragon while they are on the Archipelago. The Celestial Dragons are the Decedents of the 20 people that originally formed the World Government. If someone defies the Celestial Dragons, the Navy sends an Admiral along with several Navy Battleships.
While the crew looks for the best ship coater on the Archipelago, Camie gets kidnapped and put up for auction. The Celestial Dragons that live on the island buy people (mostly pirates) and fishmen and use them as slaves. It was a really sad sight to see. They put chains on them and collars around their neck that explode if the slave tries to get it off. Now Camie, their friend, was in danger of being sold as one of these slaves. It took a while for the Straw Hats to find the right auction house. Luffy and Zoro were among the last to arrive. Luffy was heading down to the stage to free Camie, but Hatchan tried to stop him because if he freed her it would anger the Celestial Dragons. Once they realized that Hatchan was a Fishman, one of the Celestial Dragons shot him right in front of Luffy. This led to Luffy into one epic act of defiance against the Celestial Dragons that everyone else was too afraid to touch. Luffy punched the Celestial Dragon!
This caused a great amount of trouble for the Straw Hats, even though in the end they freed Camie and saved Hatchan. They had to deal with the Marines who were already on the Island looking for Rayleigh, who happened to be the same ship coater that the Straw Hats were looking for and also, the first mate and right-hand man to Gol D. Roger. They ran into Rayleigh and several other impressive new rookie pirates at the auction house. After an impressive team up, the crew temporarily got away. Rayleigh agreed to coat the ship for them, but since all of the Marines where still on the Archipelago, Rayleigh gave each of the Straw Hats a piece of his vivre card so they could find him, and their ship, in three days when the coating was complete. The group was about to split up but the Admiral found them, along with his allies and Luffy ordered everyone to run away because they were in a fight they couldn’t possibly win. In the end, thanks to some help from one of the 7 War Lords of the sea, the crew managed to get away but they were scattered all across the globe.
On top of all that, we find out that Ace is going to be executed and there is a massive, unavoidable war brewing on the horizon.