As much as I wish Toei would let some of their star animators work on One Piece from time to time more often than they do - nothing against the regulars, they do good work it's just that fresh blood is always good* comparing a talking heads episode to this week's Dragon Ball Super is indeed apples and oranges. Can you imagine what this episode would look like with all the same content but all that super-exaggerated movement and seizure-inducing effects? It would be absolutely ridiculous. Super's animation has been rightfully dunked on enough, so there's nothing wrong with it getting some dignity. …geez I can't believe I'm actually arguing in favor of the anime being less animated. Go figure. That being said, the little preview of the guests did look pretty bad with them blatantly being static images being bobbed up and down, but they should make up for that with their proper introduction with Fukuzawa himself hyping it up.
This was a heavily-corrected episode too. Virtually every shot of Luffy, Nami, Sanji (as usual), and Carrot were drawn/corrected by Ichikawa (Jimbei got completely left out the poor guy, even Brook, Pedro, and Chopper got the Ichikawa treatment every now and then). Like despite Inoue being the second name on the key animator list I only recognized one shot as being distinctly his, and it was one where Luffy and Nami were shown at a distance to boot. Kitazaki even seemed to be mimicking Ichikawa's art style at certain points. Otherwise, Ryuusei Nakao's orgasmic performance stole the show, and I got some good chuckles out of Bege casually tossing the bazooka away and everyone acting like he tossed a grenade, plus how Carrot just looked completely lost throughout the entire episode.
- This was something that Dressrosa was actually fairly good about, what with Nishino being a regular contributor until he left for Tiger Mask W, Masayuki Sato being let out of the movie dungeon for Luffy's first Red Hawk, and Kodai Watanabe and freelancer Takashi Kojima making a few surprise appearances. Not to mention the baffling case of the stars somehow aligning to get Hokuto Sakiyama of all people on one episode and completely wasting him, something that I will never let Toei live down.