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 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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Another week has gone by and we’ve managed to watch even more One Piece. This week we watched episodes 688 – 746. We made it to the end of the Dressrosa arc. These last 58 episodes were really awesome and full of both new and exciting things like Luffy going into “Fourth Gear”, defeating Doflamingo, Sabo’s past and the formation of the Straw Hat Fleet.

First up has to be Fourth Gear. Luffy got 2nd and 3rd gear pretty much back to back during the Water 7 arc, so we haven’t seen Luffy get a brand new form in about 400 episodes. The hype for this form was real! Luffy bulked up his body and covered himself in haki. He got these cool marks on his body that were modeled after his devil fruit. Needless to say, Luffy looked super cool.

He also showed off all of his new abilities that came with this new form that he called bounce man. On top of the increase of speed, strength, and pure destructive power, Luffy can fly in this form. He beats up Doflamingo like a rag doll. Until he runs out of Haki.

Luffy gets some rest for 10 minutes, thanks to friends, and once he gets his Haki back, he takes down Doflamingo in one mighty blow just as he told the citizens he would.

After, Doflamingo’s defeat the Navy took him in. Luffy fell asleep and got some much-needed rest. While Luffy was asleep his brother Sabo came to the house where the Straw Hats were staying and he told them what happened to him. We find out that Sabo had a really bad case of memory loss and didn’t remember anything from before Dragon saved his life. When Ace died his memory came back, it was a touching story. We got to see him grow up with the revolutionary army which was pretty cool.

Lastly, after the Straw Hats departed Dressrosa all of their new allies made the decision to become subordinates under Luffy, even though that’s not really what Luffy wanted. Regardless the new Straw Hat Fleet was formed and it has 5,600 members. Luffy is well on his way to becoming king of the pirates. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

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The Otaku Couple

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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This week I watched episodes 274-318. As per usual it was quite a ride. The Straw Hats made their final stand against CP9 and the World Government at Enies Lobby. Everyone in the crew pushed past their limits and showed off their own special new techniques that they used to defeat their CP9 opponents.

We finally got Robin’s backstory. It was pretty touching — almost tear jerking. For a kid to grow up being mentally abused and mistreated without parents and then being hated by the other kids on the island just because of her devil fruit powers is pretty messed up, but not nearly as bad as what happened on the day she was reunited with her mother. A buster call was issued and everything she had ever known was burned to the ground. She escaped thanks to a little help from Admiral Akoiji, but then she had to live a life on the run because the World Government put a huge bounty on her head. Every person who took her in, betrayed her. She was afraid of this happening again with the Straw Hats and decided she’d rather die before going through that again. Luffy and the crew showed her that would never happen when they shot down the World Government’s flag showing that they were willing to go against the whole world to get her back.

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After Robin’s will to live was restored, they still had to go get her back — and they went through each member of CP9 to do it. I enjoyed every single one of these fights. I probably could write an entire post on each of these fights but I’ll just give you the highlights. By highlights I mean I just plan on talking about each members new abilities.

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First up is Nami, she uses her new Clima Tact to create 5 illusions of herself as she creates weather indoors to strike down her opponents. Control of the weather is a pretty fitting ability for a navigator.

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Next up is Chopper. Chopper doesn’t necessarily get a new ability per se, but he does do something we’ve never seen him do before. When pushed beyond his limits three times in battle, he takes a third Rumbleball and transforms into a huge mindless beast. He crushes his enemy but almost does the same to some of the members of his crew, but they get him back to normal.

Then comes Sanji. He heats up his leg and disables his opponent with a powerful flaming kick.

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Zoro transforms. I still don’t know how, but he gets four extra arms and two extra heads and uses nine-sword style to defeat his foe. It was pretty awesome to see.

Luffy pulls out two new techniques, and both take tolls on his body. The first of these techniques he calls second gear. He uses his legs as pumps to make his blood flow faster giving him increased strength and speed. You can tell when he’s using this technique because his skin gets a red tint from the extra blood flow and steam comes off his body.

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Luffy’s second technique is called third gear. He increases the mass of one part of his body and shifts it around as it gets bigger and bigger until he can disable his opponent with a giant fist or kick. This is super powerful but when the technique is over Luffy shrinks super small. This leaves him pretty vulnerable for awhile.

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Despite all of Luffy’s new found power he struggles greatly against the leader of CP9. He digs deep though and gets the job done in epic fashion.

The crew manages to escape with Robin during the middle of a buster call because the Going Merry comes to save them and lead them to safety. Sadly, after they get away, she breaks and the crew is forced to say goodbye and burn her at sea.

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Once everyone makes it back to water seven we find out about Luffy’s father and grandfather. We also learn some really interesting things about Shanks and his relationships with White Beard and Gold Roger. Hopefully this next arc will expand a lot more on this new information. I can’t wait see the Straw Hats next adventure and their new ship.


The Otaku Couple

EP 234-273

This week I watched episodes 234-273 and it was quite a ride. I think this may be the best arc of One Piece I’ve seen so far. It’s been full of surprises and some epic moments. This week I saw betrayal, childhood trauma, and infighting.

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This week started off kind of crazy. Usopp got beat up by the Franky family when he tried to get 200 million berries back from them. This led to Luffy, Zorro, Sanji, and Chopper completely demolishing the Franky family. One of my favorite lines of the week came from when Luffy said, “Not even your bones will be left when we are done!” And sure enough, seconds later the entire Franky House was demolished.

Unfortunately, even after all of that they still didn’t get their money back because Franky was out spending it all. When the crew finally got Usopp back on his feet, Luffy told him that they were getting rid of the Going Merry. This led to a huge fight that ended up with Usopp leaving the crew and challenging Luffy to a duel for ownership of the Merry. Usopp was still pretty injured but this ended up being a great fight. Usopp fought proudly and he definitely earned some respect in this fight. He knew he couldn’t beat Luffy, but he pulled out every trick in his arsenal to stop him. In the end, Usopp stopped all of Luffy’s attacks but still managed to lose the fight. Luffy gave him the ship anyway. I wonder when Usopp will officially return to the Straw Hats?

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Later on, we see Robin attempt to kill Iceberg and frame the Strawhats for the crime. I say attempt to kill but the fact that she didn’t kill him simply means that she wasn’t really trying. Either way, this part of the story left me very intrigued on what was really going on. In the end, we find out that Robin is working with a secret World Government Organization named CP9 and she’s actually doing it to protect the Strawhats from a Buster Call. Apparently, a Buster Call is what completely destroyed the island where Robin grew up. She was the only survivor. The government is using her childhood trauma to manipulate her. This is pretty deep for a shonen anime.

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After CP9 accomplishes their goal, they take Robin away to Enies Lobby, the headquarters of the world government. Luffy and the crew go on a rescue mission to save Robin from the ridiculously strong members of CP9 and thousands of government soldiers. Usopp is also there to save Robin in disguise, as Sniper King, because he doesn’t want to show his face since he’s no longer a part of the crew. Sniper King’s theme song is really catchy and I found it quite enjoyable.

The last few episodes I saw this week were basically just a bunch of marines getting beaten up (mostly by Luffy). Luffy also delivered some more awesome lines.

Marine: Hey Luffy how many friends did you bring with you? We have 10,000 men here at Enies Lobby.

Luffy: Sorry it’s just me. {Cracks his knuckles and proceeds to dismantle the marines}

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And this line he delivered with so much passion to one of the members of CP9.

Luffy: I don’t care about your honor, your government or any of that crap.

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I can’t wait until next week to see more of this awesomeness. I’ll never grow tired of Luffy’s fearlessness against seemingly insurmountable odds. So hype for next week!