Im Just amazed at how this feels like an episode from Water 7 - which I consider to be the highlight of OP from a directorial standpoint - we even got the theme of the show popping in after the episode started. Something we havent been seeing in a while. This feels like this is the beginning of the Highpoint of the timeskip in the anime. it's a shame the speed of adaptation is so low - that said This episode was slow, but didnt feel like filler. Speaking of Direction HOLY SHIT!!! The foreground was used as part of the shot composition so much, the use of Smoke to turn a basic 2-shot into a far more cinematic widescreen over-the shoulder shot, The use of the filters, and camera. To grant us depth, time and space - and Im notsure if you noticed, but there was a LOT of focus on the face. Not only is it easier to draw a face than the entire body attached to it all the time (as OP tends to do) but it allowed the animators to play this up more as a graphic novel, than an animated production. In other words they used their limitations and made something with them - like what Old OP Did.
Old OP was very limited, but it made up for it with cool angles, and character designs that maximized Oda's perspective drawing skills. It never really went to Sakugafest terririty. During G8, the priorities shifted to be more like the movies, and so the show (with all it's limited glory) put emphasis on the animation - which is fine when the show has the power to make it happen, which OP for the most part simply doesnt. So to see clever use of restricted camera space to not only duplicate intimacy, but also detail the head-space of characters and do it for cheap - that shit makes me blush. Good on ya One Piece. And that's the power of an adaptation we were able to see a few pages of Manga play out over the course of the episode, but it really didn't feel padded because it maintained it's direction.
I guess my point is, it feels like OP is being treated as a dramatic serial again, rather than a disposable Sunday-morning Kids Cartoon.
Easily a 9/10 for me.
I’ve been saying this is the best arc since Water 7, so it’s good they’re going back to that style. But all that’s assuming this episode isn’t a fluke, which is almost absolutely is. But hey, here’s hoping it stays this level quality for he rest of this awesome arc (the second half of which is way better than the first, IMO).
And I don’t get why some of you are saying the anime has been kicking ass for tons of episodes. Maybe two? We’ve gotten like seven freaking episodes of Luffy running and fighting against nobodies filler. I personally have been exhausted by the anime and think it’s actually gotten worse, not better. But then the last two or three were good—the Brook rescue being a stand out chapter anyways.
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Eh, I thought this episode was only OK…but mostly in terms of story. It may have been storyboarded and paced really well, but it still felt obvious that this episode mostly only covered a pretty short exchange. Me being lukewarm about this exchange in the manga probably contributed to that a lot as well. Also, the way the Counter fight ended was pretty underwhelming. But otherwise, this was a very well-done episode and if the quality keeps up during the wedding then I will be a very happy man.
! I am a bit cautious about the next episode because I remember the manga chapter was extremely light on content and only really served to establish Bege and the upcoming alliance, but I'm hoping we get to see a good amount of those flashbacks about Bege's past.
Yeah, the emotion for the Sanji stuff just isn’t anywhere near as potent as the Usopp stuff because his struggle isn’t such a big deal. You know Luffy can fight to get him out of it, whereas the Usopp divide was way deeper, and there were no clear villains to beat to get them out of it. The Robin stuff too was way more complicated because it stemmed from her long-lived depression and possible suicidal thoughts, and she legit left the crew (as did Usopp) to sacrifice herself (and the Sanji stuff treads a lot of similar ground, though not as strongly).