This week I watched episodes 212 – 233. These episodes had some awesome and unexpected moments. Some of them open doors to new possible story lines that I really want to see play out. A lot of the episodes presented me with more questions than answers.

The first few episodes I watched this week covered the end of the Davy Back fight with the Foxy pirates. Once the straw hats won and got Chopper back, I thought it was going to be over but then Luffy foolishly agree to have another game. At the time I was thinking, “Why would he do that? How stupid could you be? I don’t want to see another round of the One Piece Olympics!” However, it all was worth it once I saw Luffy put on that Afro. Afro Luffy was amazing. I don’t know what it is, but the afro power was real. I enjoyed trainer Usopp as well.

The story really picked back up in episode 227 where we met Aokiji. He’s one of the top fighters for the marines and has crazy ice powers. When I say crazy, I mean he froze the ocean solid from one island to the next like it was nothing. He also has some kind of past history with Robin that I’m looking forward to finding out about. Speaking of Robin he froze her solid!

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I wasn’t ready for this. Luckily the crew managed to save her before Aokiji could crush her, but in order to have that opportunity Luffy had to go up against Aokiji. I couldn’t think of anyway a rubber man could beat an ice man and well … I was right. Luffy got frozen solid but Aokiji didn’t crush him. He actually let him go because apparently Luffy’s grandfather helped him out once before in the past. This was the first mention of Luffy’s grandfather I wonder what he was like or if he’s still alive. Come to think of it I don’t know anything about Luffy’s family other than his brother Ace.

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After the crew was all thawed out, they headed to the next island, Water Seven. Water Seven is kind of like Sky Island but in the ocean. The streets are all made of water and they have special elevators that fill up with water to get you up to the higher levels of the city. It was all very unique unlike the voices of the townspeople. They reused the exact same voices from earlier in the series. It doesn’t bother me but, I definitely noticed. What was really crazy though was how the reused Mihawk’s character design and made him a ventriloquist shipwright.

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Speaking of ships, the crew cashes in their gold so they can use the money to fix the Going Merry but, a couple of unforeseen things happen. The first being how Usopp got jacked by the Franky family for 200 million out of the 300 million berries they got for trading in the gold. I don’t know why they let Usopp out of their sight when he was carrying so much money. He ends up half dead in a street somewhere. The second thing that happens that was a total shock is when the crew gets told by the best shipwrights in the world that their ship is unfixable. They said it wouldn’t even make it to the next island. I don’t know what the crew is going to do about this situation. They are too attached to the ship to let it go and get a new one, but at the same time it can’t be fixed.

Meanwhile, Usopp displays his unwavering courage when it really counts and goes barging into the Franky family’s house to get the crews money back so they can fix the ship, but he doesn’t know yet that the ship can’t be repaired. I can’t wait to see what happens next. I hear the show is about to go from good to great. What did you think about these episodes when you watched them? Leave a comment down below.

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Episodes 179-212

This week I managed to watch episodes 179-212. That’s only 33 episodes, which is far less than previous weeks, but I was at Kameha-Con this weekend so I wasn’t able to watch much anime. Kameha-Con was definitely worth it though and I can’t wait until the next one. A lot of the voice actors from Dragon Ball also play parts in One Piece. It was cool hearing the voices of our favorite characters coming from real people. I’ll try and get in more One Piece episodes next week but, the few I saw this week weren’t bad.

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The entire arc with the crew trapped in the marine base was actually really entertaining (196-206). I’m not sure if these episodes were just filler or not, but if they were, it was good filler. Seeing Commander Jonathan come up with plan after plan to catch the straw hats with his methodical mindset, like he was playing a game of chess, was fun. In the end, despite how well planned the commander’s attacks were, the Straw Hats unpredictability led them to victory in the end.

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I also started watching the episodes where the crew is on “Long Ring Long Island”. They end up entering a Davy Back with the Foxy Pirates. During this Davy Back, each crew takes part in these series of contests — kind of like the Olympics for Pirates — but the winner of each round gets to take a member of the others teams crew or something else if they want it. It’s a pretty crazy idea. I’ve finished watching the first of three rounds and the Straw Hats have already lost Chopper. I’m guessing the Straw Hats will have to win the next two rounds but, I’m curious what Luffy will ask for from the Foxy pirates when they win. Knowing Luffy, he might not actually ask for anything.

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Overall I’m pretty sure the journey will be more important than the destination. At the end of the last episode, I watched Zoro and Sanji actually agree to work together for 10 seconds, and I can’t wait to see what they can do if they actually do work together. It’ll probably make things way too easy.

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