Another week and another One Piece Episode. This weeks episode was mostly just Luffy VS Katakuri. Katakuri said he wasn’t going to underestimate Luffy. Which was pretty cool because we got to see Katakuri use his devil fruit awakening. Much like how Doflamingo was able to turn the things around him into strings, Katakuri was able to turn the things around him and Luffy into Mochi. This ability allowed him to seemingly defeat Luffy by burying him underneath a mountain of mochi. We all know that Luffy will escape though.

We also got to see some of the other Big Mom pirates talk about Luffy and some of the other Straw Hats. They decided that they will no longer keep underestimating the Straw Hats. I felt like this was refreshing because the antagonist is always underestimating the main characters in anime. Now that the Big Mom Pirates have decided to go all out when the Straw Hats beat them everyone will know its just because they were better. I look forward to that.

Lastly, we got to see a brief scene with Grema 66. They beat all ten thousand of the soldiers that the Big Mom Pirates sent after them. They are truly superhuman. Which is something we already knew but to defeat ten thousand soldiers with four people is pretty crazy. The icing on the cake though is that they were able to use this unique ability to sound like one of their defeated enemies while on the transponder snail with the other Big Mom Pirates. They used this ability to make the Big Mom Pirates think they had beat Germa 66, and they also got an update on what’s going on with the Straw Hats. Who knows what they’ll do next but I’m looking forward to it.

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Another week another episode down. Not a lot really happened during this week’s episode so this will probably be my shortest One Piece post over.

The episode starts out with Nami and the others finally destroying all of the mirrors on the ship like Luffy told them to at the beginning of the last episode. They break the other mirrors just in time because Brulee was about to send more flaming arrows their way.

They contact Luffy through a broken piece of mirror and tell him they broke all of the mirrors so the enemy can’t come and attack them, but that also means he doesn’t have a way to get back on the ship. Luffy says he’ll come up with a plan but Nami doesn’t believe him and comes up with a plan for him. She tells him to find a mirror to Cacao island since that’s where they will be meeting Sanji around 1 AM. Unfortunately, Brulee overhears this and tell her brother on the outside so now he is headed there with Big Mom.

Luffy starts getting beat up in the middle of talking to the crew about the plan. He doesn’t want his crew to worry so he covers his mouth so they can’t hear him crying out in pain. Even though it looks like Luffy is going to die here. When he finally manages to get a second to catch his breath he assures his crew that he’ll be on the island waiting for him. It was nice of Luffy not to want them to worry it shows that Luffy cares about his crew emotional well being. This shows an extra layer to Luffy’s character. Still, don’t know how he’s going to manage to win this fight though. I guess we’ll have to see next week.

For the first time in 22 weeks, I’ve only watched one new episode of One Piece since my last post. It still feels weird to be all caught up. This is going to be my first review of a singular episode of One Piece. This we week I watched episode 853. This episode didn’t really continue the fight between Katakuri and Luffy. It showed more of what the other Straw Hats were doing. Most importantly it showed off what role Jimbei is going to play on the ship.

This episode starts off with Brulee and the others in the mirror world shooting flaming arrows through a mirror on the Straw Hats ship. Luffy couldn’t stop them from doing and fight Katakuri at the same time, so he picks up a broken piece of mirror and contact Nami and tells her to break all the mirrors on the ship. Instead of immediately doing what Luffy tells her to do she tells him that he won’t have a way back to them if he does that. Luffy knows this and reassures her that he will find a way back. However, Nami still doesn’t go ahead and destroy the mirrors. This was kind of frustrating it’d be nice if she had just done what she was told.

Meanwhile, Sanji is baking the cake that will satisfy Big Mom. We get to see Sanji really in his element. He’s an excellent head chef. He showed off his cooking knowledge and how he is able to make due even if he’s missing ingredients. This impressed the other cooks which led them to compliment Pudding and her husband Sanji. (Don’t if I mentioned this before but Pudding rewrote the memories inside the other cooks to make them think that the wedding was successful.) The compliments got Pudding pretty excited. I think we saw the first ever female nose bleed in One Piece. If I’m wrong about that let me know in the comments down below.

Back on the Straw Hats ship Nami and the others (excluding Jimbei) became scared thinking they were going to die when they saw Big Mom coming for them on top of a giant unavoidable wave. Jimbei gave the crew some quick instructions that would allow him to trim all the sails on the ship single-handedly.

Jimbei proceeded to steer this towards the wave which scared everyone but then he told them that they were about to enter the Green Room. To the rest of the crew’s amazement, they didn’t get swallowed by the wave. The Green Room is a brief “wave room” that forms inside a collapsing wave. Apparently, this is where the children of the Fish-Man Tribe used to play.

Jimbei showed off his amazing talent as a helmsman. He controlled the ship like it was apart of his own body and safely avoided the massive wave. Jimbei is going to be an awesome helmsman for the Straw Hat crew. I didn’t know what his role was going to be but now it’s abundantly clear. I look forward to seeing more of Jimbei steering the ship. I can’t wait until he shows off his skills while Franky is on board.

This episode ended with Nami finally breaking the mirror in the ship and informing the others of Luffy’s orders. It was pretty irritating that it took the entire episode for her to follow one simple order. If Zoro had been there he would’ve carried out the order with no hesitation. I can’t wait until Zoro rejoins the story.

Next week it looks like the Luffy vs Katakuri fight will finally continue. I don’t know what’s going to happen next but I’m sure it’ll be good.

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EP 812 – 852

Well, it’s been 22 weeks now. Back on April 9th, 2018 I watched my first episode of One Piece and Now 22 weeks later I’ve finally caught up with current episodes. When I started I thought it was going to take me a year to get through all of these episodes but it One Piece was is so good it took me less than half the time. It’s been a pretty fun binge. I look forward to watching it week to week now, but it will definitely be an adjustment. Oh, I guess I’m jumping the gun a little bit you guys probably want my thoughts on the episodes I watched this week.

To pick where we left all last week Luffy and Nami ended up being captured by the Big Mom Pirates once Luffy finally passes out. They end up getting rescued though by Jimbei. Luffy and Sanji end up meeting at the spot they had previously determined. Sanji agrees to come back to the crew, but he wants to save his family who are about to be eliminated by the Big Mom pirates at the wedding so Big Mom can take control of Germa’s technology. Luffy decides that they are all going to help.

Then, Jimbei suggest that they join forces with Capone “Gang” Bege who is secretly plotting to kill Big Mom. They meet, and the crew gets some cool mobster clothes. Eventually, they decide to work with each other and come up with this Big plan to kill Big Mom.

The assassination attempt fails. None of the poison that Caesar made and put into missiles even made it Big Mom. This put the Straw Hats and Bege in a very bad position. Their escape route also got crushed so, they had no choice but to make a run for it. Through a little luck, they manage to put some distance between themselves and their army of enemies.

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When they finally make it back to their ship the fall into an ambush and get put in a pretty tough spot and sadly Pedro sacrifices his life to help everyone else get away. It was pretty sad. Jimbei had some encouraging words though that helped.

Luffy not letting Pedro’s sacrifice go in vain, used it as an opportunity to trap Katakuri one of Big Moms Sweet three generals in the Mirror World. Luffy is currently fighting Katakuri in the Mirror World but he’s having some trouble fighting this man that over a billion-berry bounty.

Katakuri seems to be able to do all Luffy’s moves better than him with his Mochi abilities. He’s also faster than Luffy and he can see up to 1 minute in the future with the power of his Haki. Luffy is going to have to push past his limits if he’s going to beat Katakuri. I can’t wait to see what he comes up with to take out Katakuri. Maybe a new form of Fourth Gear or maybe even 5th gear. Who knows…

Sadly, I couldn’t fit everything I wanted to in this post I ended up leaving out how Brook got a copy of the Ponegliff, the truth about Big Mom’s past, and Pudding showing her true colors and then going on an emotional roller coaster. Leaving things out that I feel are important shouldn’t be a problem in the future though since now I plan on writing up one episode at a time since we’ll be watching it week to week. Now that we are all caught up I plan on catching up with my arc reviews and watching other anime. If you’ve seen One Piece and have suggestions on what we should watch next, please leave a comment down below.

EP 793 – 811

Alright, another week down. We are getting pretty close to being caught up with the current episodes of One Piece. We’ve passed the 800 episode mark now. This week we watched episodes 793 – 811. These were mainly full of Luffy fighting. He fought Cracker one of Big Mom’s 3 top officers. Luffy also fought Sanji. Yes, he fought Sanji, I’ll explain later. Luffy also fought against Big Mom’s army. Oh, and by the way, this all happened back to back with Luffy fighting all night facing one opponent after another.

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Before we get deep into Luffy’s fights, last week I promised I’d talk a little more about Sanji’s family since I didn’t manage to fit it into my last post. Sanji’s family is basically a bunch of heartless jerks, except for his sister, who pretends to be a heartless jerk when her other family members are around so she doesn’t get bullied. Apparently, all of Sanji’s siblings were genetically modified to be super strong and have no fear. Sanji, who is apparently the third son of a set of quadruplets, for some reason reverted back to being a regular human shortly after birth. Thus, his father considered him to be a failed experiment. He pretended that Sanji died and locked him up in a prison cell until, eventually, his sister helped him escape. His father was glad he was running away because he couldn’t bring himself to kill him and he figured the hard world would do it for him. Needless to say, Sanji’s family is pretty messed up.

The reason why they are forcing Sanji to marry Big Mom’s daughter, Pudding, is so they can use Big Mom’s power for their own selfish reasons. Sanji’s father didn’t want any of his sons to have to marry into Big Mom’s crazy family, but when he saw Sanji’s wanted poster, he remembered he had another son. So, they are making Sanji go through with this crazy marriage. They threatened to kill Sanji’s only real father figure back at the sea restaurant if he refused. On top of that, they put bracelets on his hands that will explode if he tries to run away or take them off and only Big Mom has the key to these bracelets. Sanji is in a pretty rough position.

Meanwhile, Luffy’s group makes it to Whole Cake island where Big Mom lives. They split up as soon as they get there. Brook leaves with Pedro, one of the Minks that came with Luffy from Zou, and they go look for the road ponegliff that is in Big Mom’s possession, to steal a rubbing of it for Robin. The rest of the crew goes with Luffy to rescue Sanji, but of course, they get lost in a forest and get separated. Chopper and Carrot (the other Mink that came with them from Zou) ended up trapped in a mirror world by one of Big Mom’s subordinates.

Luffy ends up fighting Cracker, one Big Mom’s 3 Sweet Generals, and he has an 800 million berry bounty. He’s really strong; Luffy was forced to use fourth gear just to beat him. It turns out though, that he actually just broke his armor.

Cracker has the ability to create biscuits, and he is able to make them super hard and create them in unlimited numbers just by clapping his hands. Luffy was able to defeat them pretty easily in fourth gear but they just kept coming, until Nami came and softened them up by making it rain. Then Luffy just started eating all of Cracker’s biscuits clones. Eventually, though, Luffy became full. Then he turned into a new form of fourth gear called Tank Man. He used this new form to blast Cracker all the way back to Big Mom’s palace.

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Luffy and Nami headed over to Big Mom’s palace to rescue Sanji, but they ended up running into him on the way. Sanji treated them harshly in front of his family to try and make it look like he’s cut his ties with them. Of course, Luffy didn’t believe any of Sanji’s words. Sanji proceeded to beat up on Luffy, but Luffy refused to fight back, so Sanji beat him half to death before walking away. Luffy got back up and said he’s going to be waiting in that exact same spot for him to come back. He even goes so far as to say he can’t become King of the Pirates without him and he’s not going to eat until Sanji cooks for him again.

Meanwhile, Big Mom hears that her son Cracker has been defeated and landed unconscious on her doorstep. She does the only logical thing; she sends her army to kill the Straw Hats. When the army arrives, Luffy doesn’t run. He stays in the same spot, waiting for Sanji to come back. Luffy fights the entire army and tells Nami to run away. Nami couldn’t abandon her captain though, so she stayed and fought with him. Luckily, there was a big thunderstorm going on so, Nami was able to use it to strike down a large number of fighters in the opposing army.

I can’t wait to see what happens next. The story is getting more and more interesting. Only 40 episodes left until we catch up with the current weekly episodes. It’s going to be sad when I don’t have tons of One Piece to binge anymore but it has been a great journey and I’m still looking forward to the rest of it.

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The Otaku Couple

EP 767 – 792

Hard to believe I’m at week 20 already. This week we watched episodes 767-792. We got to see the end of the Zou arc, the formation of a new alliance, the beginning of the Whole Cake island Arc, and learn a little bit more about Sanji’s family.2018-08-27_18-46-04

Let’s start with the End of the Zou arc. First is the craziest shocker. You remember how I told you that the reason why Jack laid waist to the entire country Zou was because he was looking for a samurai ninja named Raizo. It turns out that they were keeping the samurai safe the whole time. He is ally of the two kings of Zou and they refused to sell out their friend no matter what even if it meant the destruction of the their entire country. That’s some loyalty.

We finally meet the ninja name Raizo but his looks where pretty disappointing not just to the crew but also to the rest of us. He did show off a few Naruto style abilities though.

In the secret chamber where the minks were keeping Raizo we find out about the land Wano and its history with the minks along with the truth about who created the ponegliffs. It is here we get our first look at a red ponegliff. We are told that there are 4 red ponegliffs each points to a specific location. At the center of those four locations is Raftel the last island along the Grand Line that nobody can get to. Only Gol D. Roger the King of the pirates along with his crew have made it there. At that place lies the truth about the blank century and the truth about the formation of the world government. We finally have a clue of how the Straw Hats will get to the end of their journey on the Grand Line. They only need to find the missing three red ponegliffs. Our new friends on Zou let them know that the emperor Big Mama has one of these Red Ponegliffs also called Road Ponegliffs. The Beast Emperor Kaido has another one, but they don’t know about the location of the last one.

The Wano kingdom is currently being oppressed by Kaido and a shogun. The Samurai and the minks ask for Luffy for his crews help to take down Kaido. After their leader asks him properly Luffy agrees to join the Alliance. He doesn’t check to see if that’s ok with Law until after he says yes though which I thought was hilarious. Thus the Ninja-Pirate-Minks-Samurai alliance was formed.

The new group splits up into different teams and agree to meet in the Land of Wano to take done Kaido. One group goes to recruit Marco the Phoenix the leader of the first division of the White-beard pirates. Another group goes the Land Wano to prepare for the upcoming battle and gather allies. Finally, Luffy’s group goes to get Sanji back. This leads the to the start of the next arc Whole Cake island.

We watched the first few episodes of the Whole Cake island arc this week but this post is already super long so I’ll talk more about Whole Cake Island, Big Mama, and Sanji’s family next week, and of course when the Whole Cake Island Arc is over I’ll talk about it in my Arc review, but since Whole Cake Island is the current arc at the time of me writing this I don’t know how long it will take to get through it. I can’t wait until next week.

EP 747-766

It’s been 19 weeks now since I started watching One Piece and I’m finally less than 100 episodes from catching up to the current episodes. This week we managed to watch episodes 747-766. We started the Zou arc. This arc already has managed to find new ways to intrigue me.

First, the Straw Hats arrive at Zou which isn’t really an island. Zou is actually a giant one thousand-year-old elephant. When I say giant I mean whatever you think is giant multiple that by like a thousand. This elephant walks across the ocean, with an entire country on its back. It was super cool to see.

The people who live on this island are called Mink’s. The Minks basically are human-animal hybrid type creatures. All of them can fight all the way down to the children. When they attack they generate some type of blue electricity. I don’t think this was ever really explained clear but it looked cool.

Just before the Straw Hats arrived on Zou it was attacked by Jack. He’s one the leaders of Kido’s crew. He has the highest bounty we’ve seen so far. One-billion berries!! He a mythical animal type devil fruit which gives him the power to turn into this great mammoth. He’s only a few stories tall though when he transforms. He’s not even remotely as big as Elephant carrying the country. He is really powerful though.

Jack and his mean trampled the country looking for a samurai. The minks had never seen the samurai though so they could bring Jack what he wanted. Jack didn’t care. The minks put up a good fight but in the end, they lost. Jack used some poison gas that Caesar created to slowly kill the minks.

When the first group of the Straw Hats arrive they Jack is already gone. He left to try and save Doflamingo. They see the state of the country and get their hostage Caesar to get rid of the gas. The Straw Hats then proceed to save the people of the entire country. I’m starting to see a trend. Alabasta, Skypea, Fishman Island, and Dressrosa. These pirates are constantly saving people.

Finally, when Luffy’s group arrives we find out Sanji is gone. He received word that he is supposed to marry the emperor Big Mom’s daughter. Apparently, it was arranged by Sanji’s family. We later find out the Sanji comes from a family of assassins. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

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