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Somewhat slower paced than I thought would happen, but figures to drag it for the next with all the final attack showdowns. Prob 6-7 more eps until arc is done, min. Was wondering how they were going to state Red Hawk- didn't know it was entirely pronounced in english- but allegedly still written as "fire fist"? Anyone know if it was katakana or hiragana? And is there a specific difference in doing so?
Most surprised at Chopper's voice. This, IF fully sanctioned by Oda (again, the retcon of the rumble "candy" when they were in the kraken battle, so there is precedent), clarifies the current OP manga chapter a bit more with his behavior possibly completely IN control, despite the voice. I was under the unproven assumption that Chopper's voice stayed his cutesie (if not slightly more gruff) heavy point mode for this transform, but this makes it decidedly more creepy, as Usopp noted It'll be funny to see the rejected compliment dance with this altered monster voice.
Man the quality of the show really went down the drain. Not One piece itself but the anime adaptation.
I don't know how many years it's been since I hoped to see a giganto gatling attack and when it finally happened in the manga, I was thrilled. In this episode it started really well, Luffy saying gear third in a badass way, pounding Hordy with one elephant gun then inflating his second arm. However the rest of the attack felt really ordinary to me, it should have had music and looked more epic.
The animation team took a few liberties in order to flesh out the finale here, and I approve.
The second Red Hawk didn't feel too out of place, and I liked them teasing a Luffy defeat for those who only follow the anime.
Part of me would have preferred it if Hody had only thought his last words instead of speaking them aloud, just to show that he was too weak to even talk, and the manga didn't specifically show Hody getting beaten to a bloody pulp (I thought Luffy was only attacking the ship at that point).
Also, I liked how Hody went crashing through walls like when Arlong was taken out. Coincidence?
But yeah, the Elephant Gatling seemed too narrow and small (maybe due to the scale of the Noah?).
That's a pretty big move to pull out this early in the New World, and I wonder how Oda is going to top all of this in the upcoming years.
A 'Red Hawk Gatling' doesn't sound too out of the question.
The moment... when Jimbei threatens to shoot down the guys who try to fly over him with bubbles and the guy's wearing the the shirt that said Chiki Show while saying it... lol.
It's been a good number of years since OP had "realistic" depictions of their characters- Oda, over time, has been changing his art style as well, understandably, making robin/nami more busty to an extreme level as well. But URGH. this ep- when Robin talks to neptune...it's like she has balloons on her chest from the side view- completely goofy looking =/ Overall, as others have pointed out, the detail and level of overall design and animation quality has really fallen off- I'd argue since end of water 7/enies lobby, there hasn't been a single episode that has stood out as "good" for animation
They really can't draw Nami since the time skip either... Nami still looks like Nami in the manga, OBVIOUSLY, but in the anime? I don't remember once where they've got her face right yet >_<
Yeah seriously wtf happened to quality art by TOEI, like with all the other anime around these days with such great art and great looking characters, OP is just terrible now. Its like TOEI said "well, OP is always ranking around the top in ratings so F it we'll just get lazy and slack on making anything look good." Least they can do is make their faces look right, I don't care if their bodies aren't perfect. Its ridiculous.
The ones who seem to suffer the most, for me anyway, are the female members of the crew. There are times when their faces just don't look right (more often than not in Nami's case), and that was further highlighted in this weeks ep with that flash back image of Robin when she was talking to Neptune about Joy Boy.
Also, I still can't get over why Chopper seems to be coloured more yellow than brown since the time skip either (sorry, I know I've mentioned this before and maybe it's just me...). Usopp on the other hand looks good, as does Luffy. But yeah, animation hasn't been all that great either.
WHAT HAPPENED TOEI?!?!
Does anyone know who has been the animation directors/supervisors (or whatever you call it) for the episodes since the time skip? I remember we used to talk about that in this thread and look forward to the turn of the "great" animators.
EDIT: by "great animators" I mean the likes of Tate and Inoue.
Last edited by WinCH (2012-10-22 02:10:33)
I also miss him. I used to decide on if I should watch an episode or skip it based on his posts (granted, I'm current in the manga so it's not like I'm skipping altogether, but still).
You know... although I knew, I never really clicked that Aokiji left the Marines. Do you reckon he could be a possible ally in the future?
In the sense that the Straw Hats are for justice (in a pirating way), i wouldn't be surprised if he would.
Yeah, not allies as in a "nakama" kind of way (typing that made me think of Okama Way/Oh Come My Way, haha) but more like working together for the same goal or something along those lines. At the end of the day, they are still opposed to each other...
Strange that I never clocked onto this idea until watching this weeks ep though.
Galaxy Crisis wrote:
Luffy, Zoro, and Sanji find Caribou, who has been knocked unconscious. They retrieve the treasure he stole.
On the way to the palace, they pass by the candy factory, where they meet Pekoms and Baron Tamago, Big Mam's messengers.
Eventually, the two messengers learn that Luffy ate all the candy that they came for.
When Big Mam calls, Luffy answers the Den Den Mushi and sternly says that he ate the candy meant for her.
He offers the treasure Caribou stole as compensation. Tamago tries to get Big Mam to agree to the offer, but she refuses to make any compromises.
However, she decides to focus her fury meant for Fishman Island at Luffy's crew instead.
I just realized while I was watching, but Tamago has a broken eggshell for pants. It kind of reminds me of Vullaby.
Also, for some reason, Big Mam's seiyuu sounds like Kokoro to me.
To me, it sounded like Alvida's (before she ate the DF).
Last edited by HTC (2012-11-03 20:32:33)
Galaxy Crisis wrote:
Just checked the One Piece wiki for confirmation on Big Mam's seiyuu, HTC; it's neither of them. Perhaps it was because she sounded like a middle-aged woman.
In that case, i have no idea.
It really did sound like her, to me, though.
Not a big fan of the pink color scheme. It almost looks like Pekoms is wearing pink pajamas.
Anyway, still a nice, memorable episode (despite the somewhat sluggish pace) with new characters to look forward to!
Bobbin, I think, is particularly original.
Finally an episode without any deformed faces.
nami's pouty face was not particularly well done at the end tho- it's been all cruddy still for a long time
It dawns on me that Pekom's DF, if it indeed is a zoan, is a lion-turtle zoan fruit. Airbender knowledge enlightens! Altho I'm sure it's involved in japanese folklore as well =P
I dreamed of this moment for a long time now. I can't help but be reminded of when the 5 of them put their feet on that barrel. This next arc promises a lot. A part of me wants filler so when they get back to main story, the pace can be better but I also can't wait for PH.
Last edited by KajiwaraSora (2012-11-17 19:06:35)