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... on account of all the screaming when certain things happen in One Piece.

Having fallen behind in the anime somewhere back during the Fishman Arc, I spent the last month of summer getting caught up on the entire anime arc through Punk Hazard and Dressrosa just so I could see this episode when it aired (it came out this morning in the US). And it did not disappoint.

It seems kind of silly to laugh and clap and squeal when pretty much every panel was drawn exactly as in the manga (and not that I have memorized every line of this chapter, or anything). This episode needed to be faithfully done, and it was. They did show a little more of Sabo's face, but they still kept it mostly in shadow and left the deductive work up to the reader/viewer, just like in the chapter.

Sabo's voice is perfect (as is Koala's - they did a lovely job with her as well). I cannot wait to see more of him in the rest of the arc.

They even kept the OMG HE'S ALIVE panel perfectly intact, only colorized. Because there is just no way to improve upon that moment, oh, Luffy.

And what else can I say? I felt so, so sorry for Bellamy when he was getting the crap kicked out of him by that little freak Dellinger. I have to admit, poor Bellamy is slowly growing on me. Not enough that I'd want him to be nakama (I have seen this speculation), but enough to want to see more of him. Poor loyal sap.

Operation SOP! Soldier, all super-serious and explaining the plan, complete with blackboard and pointer. (Franky: "But what does SOP stand for? It stands for something, right? Are you going to explain what SOP..." Robin: "Franky, hush.") Usopp: "The opponent is a little girl? Leave everything to me!"

Every single scene with Bartolomeo was hilarious as always. When he was vowing (to the wall!) to recover the mera-mera fruit for Luffy, and Bellamy is all "Who are you talking to?" And Bartolomeo trying to school Sabo for being rude to Luffy will never not be funny.

The anime did add one little thing, I think: after Sabo puts on the Lucy costume and walks past Bartolomeo, Bartolomeo goes skipping after him - literally skipping - like the happiest fanboy of all time. ILU Barto <3 <3 I think the animators might love him almost as much as I do, because they make him steal every scene he's in.

I am trying to tell myself that I don't need to watch it again just to see if they remembered to show Zoro's swords on Zoro in the cat costume at the end. Because Zoro's swords on Zoro in a cat costume, and the navy completely failing to notice Zoro's swords on the walking cat costume, is not to be missed. (And Zoro-as-cat getting irritated with Luffy-as-koi-fish because he just won't stop blubbering!)

Mostly, just so happy that the anime got everything right. And so looking forward to future weeks, because as lonnnnnng as it's going to take to move forward at anime-pace, this is the moment where, for me, Dressrosa went from "meh" to "BEST ARC EVER" in a heartbeat. (Well, ok, best arc ever is still a contested title. Enies Lobby is hard to beat. But Dressrosa is climbing the ratings table, fast.) And it just keeps getting better from here.

All right, I feel slightly better now that I've got that out of my system. It almost makes up for the tragedy of there being no new manga chapter this week. Monday is going to feel very long.

ETA, mostly for my own future reference: the reddit thread on the original release of manga chapter 731. Currently the second-highest-rated thread on the entire One Piece reddit, and it's freaking hilarious.

Date: 2014-09-29 02:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Not enough that I'd want him to be nakama (I have seen this speculation)

WTF?? I'm sorry, Bellamy needs about 10 straight volumes of character development and awesomeness before he can join the crew. And NOBODY is allowed before Jinbei or Law (I know this is unlikely, but a fangirl can dream), or there will be RIOTS.

because as lonnnnnng as it's going to take to move forward at anime-pace

Jeez, even at manga pace it took forever to actually see him. As awesome as it was for Sabo to come back (so unexpected for it to happen so soon!), I'm not sure I think the arc gets that awesome right here. This is the end of volume 73, and I remember 74 being...kinda meh, and 75 being SUPER AWESOME. But it's possible that any awesomeness in 74 was overshadowed by my frustration at Sabo not being properly introduced for so long?

Date: 2014-09-29 03:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, I really can't imagine Bellamy becoming nakama myself. (I think there is a tendency on the fan boards to speculate about possible nakama every time a character becomes even semi not evil). I have also seen speculation that he might eventually join Bartolomeo's crew (because jeez, poor guy needs a home), and that Bartolomeo's ship might be tagging around after Luffy with or without his consent... this I find far more probable. ^_^

Of course I am weak to any speculation that Bartolomeo might be around semi-regularly in the future, even if I think it's realistically unlikely. But he, also, seems far too weak/one-dimensional to be nakama material, as hilarious as it would be to have him on the ship.

You might be right about the arc - I do remember that there was a spell of dullness while I was waiting for Sabo to appear again, and instead we kept getting development on the Operation SOP front. But it was definitely around here that I began reading every week again. Before that, I had fallen so far behind in the coliseum fight boringness that I read ch. 731 at the end of a several-month-catchup bout on the plane to Japan. (Remember how I couldn't wait to get a copy of Shonen Jump when I landed?)

Date: 2014-09-29 03:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, joining Bartolomeo's crew would make more sense to me (as does the tagging along, though I'm not sure I would really want them to be around all the time--I might not find Bartolomeo as funny as you do).

Ah, well, when compared to the endless coliseum fight, yes, 74 is totally awesome, haha. But compared to 75, I'd give it a meh. (Though I liked Usopp's dramatic speech at the end, and I think the soldier's flashback was in there, too?)

Date: 2014-09-29 04:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Though I liked Usopp's dramatic speech at the end, and I think the soldier's flashback was in there, too?

Yes to both. I think the latter half of 74 was definitely on an upward trend.

Date: 2014-09-29 05:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I think the latter half of 74 was definitely on an upward trend.

Yeah, I think that's about right.

Date: 2014-09-29 04:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
NOBODY is allowed before Jinbei or Law

I forgot to comment on this! 100% agreed. But I am very hopeful that Jinbei's joining is not far off.

I only WISH Law would join. Or at least become First Division Commander. As you say, a fangirl can but dream.

Date: 2014-09-29 06:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I know, I don't know what I'm going to do with myself if/when he leaves. Cry, I guess. ;_;

(How much longer until 76 comes out?)

Date: 2014-09-30 03:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That reminds me of one hilarious YouTube comment I read on the matter:

"Screw all y'all who want Bartolomeo, Rebecca, Bellamy, or Violet to join the crew. I'm rooting for Ucy!"

Yes, Ucy. The coliseum's bull, a two-ton engine of badassery and adorableness. For extra awesome, the ViZ manga apparently calls him "Moocy".

Can't argue with that logic.

Date: 2014-09-30 11:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Haha, that's awesome. As far as I'm concerned, any of Luffy's "pets" are allowed to join the crew at any time. (Surume the kraken was my favorite!)

Date: 2014-10-01 04:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That's hilarious! Best possible commentary on the "who will be the next nakama?" nonsense.

I was a tiny bit disappointed when I realized the bull wasn't actually called Moocy, though I should have suspected it. Casualty of reading in translation, I guess.

(Ditto w_10_00's comment about Surume. Why don't I have a Surume icon?)
Edited Date: 2014-10-01 04:43 pm (UTC)

Date: 2014-09-30 07:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you for the Reddit link! The Enel/Luffy comparison picture is AMAZING, haha.

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