This one was all over the place, and I'm not talking about the content here. Art & animation shifted in quality at the drop of a hat. Sometimes it would look impressive, otherwise it looked like it was animated in 1968.
The most impressive scenes were mostly in the second half. Violet's eyes had an unusual attention to detail and the colosseum fighters had some impressive looking scenes. Gladius attacking Robin & Bartolomeo midair also looked notably impressive in terms of direction and animation/art. I also liked the Usopp & Sugar scenes. Well done there.
However with the good comes the bad. The headcrackers often looked crappier than in any previous episode. Most of the scenes with Luffy & Cavendish looked notably weak as did the first 5 minutes of the episode. That scene where the two headcrackers slide into the frame after Gladius finishes talking was particularly laughable.
One really weird thing is that they added filler of Luffy doing Gomu Gomu UFO, except this time he's somehow able to slice them to pieces with that move instead of just knocking them around like one would expect. Sure, whatever. Didn't help that it didn't look impressive either in terms of art or animation.
Pacing-wise this wasn't an issue even though it only covered 12 pages, which is sadly the norm now.
Next week looks all over the place in terms of art too, though most likely with a better batting average. Plus Dem Diamante lips….