Thoughts on the episode.
Right when I started to get annoyed by the flipping book it stopped flipping.
Flashback was excellent. I mean it brought up questions as to why she didn't seem to get a bump during that time or why nobody seemed to either not know about Rouge or rat her out, but I thought Rouge's scenario was very unrealistic anyways. The added scenes of mothers being taken away though was a nice touch.
I thought the pacing was good, but sometimes the character designs looked off, especially Moria's design. He looked really off, but the scenes with the New World Captains looked sweet.
I didn't think Ode to Joy fit in the scene. I also thought it didn't fit the last time it was used in Impel Down so maybe I'm baised. The cut-off at the end felt right.
Reused material from opening 12 fit but I just flashed to the song and it was distracting, especially since they used almost the entire scene of showing off the Marines.
I hope the pacing stays consistent. I don't mind one chapter per episode if it doesn't drag.
! This gave me high hopes for Oars' flashback. Maybe more people will care about him after his episode. Yeah I'm betting he'll have an entire episode for himself. He pretty much had an entire chapter for himself, and I kinda liked him but I did wish I cared for him more given his importance.