EP 475 – 574
This week I watched another 100 episodes. So unfortunately just like last week, I won’t be able to cover everything I watched this week in one post. The Summit War Review and the Fishman Island Review will be posted in the coming weeks, they’ll give my overall thoughts on both arcs. Most of the episodes I watched this week showed off the new skills the Straw Hats acquired during their two years of training separately.
After Bartholomew Kuma separated the Straw Hats across the globe, they agreed to meet back up in two years — everyone conveniently landed in places that could teach them new things. When the Straw Hats meet back up, we see the results of their training.
In addition to everyone getting physically stronger, they also developed cool new moves.
- Brook can make his spirit leave his body and turn into a ghost.
- Nami has a pretty similar set of powers as before, but they are much stronger and way faster. She sets up traps before her targets even realize they’ve already been caught.
- Usopp bulked up and isn’t as cowardly as before. He also added various dangerous plants to his arsenal of weapons. He can use them to take down all kinds of opponents.
- Chopper can use all of his forms now without a Rumble ball — except for one. He has to use one rumble ball to access his monster point form, which shows how far he’s come. He had to use three rumble balls to access it before, and he couldn’t control it. Now he has complete control, making him a truly dangerous source to be reckoned with.
- Robin can now make her body parts appear even larger, disappear into flower petals, and she can also apparently create an entire duplicate of herself. I see that coming in handy. (No pun intended.)
- Sanji can walk on air in addition to his more powerful kicks. He calls his new technique sky walk, but it’s the same as CP9’s moon walk.
- Franky added a bunch of modifications to his body making himself stronger, but he also made improvements to the ship and made himself a Gundam for him to pilot.
- Zorro is much stronger after training with Mihawk. He’s missing an eye now – which makes him look way tougher than he used to. We don’t know what happened to it because they never really explain it, but hopefully, we’ll hear about what happened one day.
The results of Luffy’s training were most impressive. Since he learned all three types of haki from Rayleigh, he’s super strong. He took out 50,000 soldiers without ever throwing a single punch. He also learned to increase the power of his punches using his armament haki. His new moves are amazing, and even his old ones don’t appear to take anywhere near the toll as they used to.
I can’t wait to see how the Straw Hats use all of their newly acquired skills in the New World. I’ve finished all of the dubbed episodes at the time that I’m writing this, so from here on out I’ll be watching One Piece subbed on VRV with Mrs. Otaku. I’ll point out any clear differences I noticed after making the switch.
The Otaku Couple
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Otaku Couple
From the first mention of Sky Island, you can’t wait to get there. Instead, though, you end up spending several episodes on an island called Jaya. You might feel like you can rush through these episodes, but it’s actually very important, and not just because it’s where they learn how to get to Sky Island. Jaya’s connection to the sky island, Skypiea, was super cool and unexpected and eventually, the Straw Hats make up to the sky.
Luffy and the gang get branded as criminals shortly after making it up to Sky Island. I know this isn’t surprising, but this time it looks like it’s going to have some serious consequences. They have to face god’s judgment. They are supposed to do this through surviving various ordeals when going up against the god Eneru’s priest. They beat Satori the first of Eneru’s priest but then an all-out war breaks out between Eneru’s priest (plus his royal guards) and the Shandoraians.
Through this war, we learn all about sky warfare. In sky warfare, dials of all different types are used in a variety of ways in order to battle opponents. When things first got started it seemed like the priest could use some weird type of magic but once Gan Fall (the former god) explained how the different dials were used in battle it all became clear. As we continued to see different battles creatively making use of dials, the episodes became more and more exciting.Eventually, we get to meet the god Eneru himself as he appears in a flash of lightning. We find out that he uses incredible lightning powers and his body itself is actually made of lightning so he can’t be harmed. Later we find out that he’s eaten a devil fruit and that’s what’s given him these incredible abilities. We find out that Eneru is actually from another sky island and that he dethroned Gan Fall six years prior and has developed an elaborate plan for Skypiea. Eneru treats the war on the upper yard sky island like a game. His big mistake though was involving the blue sea dwellers known to us as the Straw Hats.As anyone could’ve predicted, in the end, the lightning god Eneru had to face the rubber-man Monkey D. Luffy. It was an interesting fight since Luffy is impervious to lightning Eneru had to come up with some other crafty ways to keep Luffy away from him. In the end though, with the help of his friends, Luffy and his gang defeated Eneru and actually got away with the treasure.Overall I really enjoyed the Sky Island arc and I would definitely watch it again if I ever manage to get caught up on One Piece. What did you think about the Sky Island Arc? Leave comments down below.