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.


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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!

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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