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One Piece Episode #948 Anime Review

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The show has a lot going on within it but at the same time a lot of it is just posturing and setting up for what's to come.
© Eiichiro Oda / Shueisha · Fuji Television · Toei Animation

“Start Fighting Back! Luffy and the Akazaya Samurai!”

What They Say:
Kawamatsu the Kappa is freed and stands up against Babanuki and his underlings! Listening to Old Man Hyo’s suggestion, Raizo and Kiku reveal their true identities which give the desperate prisoners not only a shock but also some hope.

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With some decent action as of recently with Big Mom that’s now been put to the sidelines as things were settled out there for the moment, the show is back into putting Luffy in the forefront. It is amusing in how there are surefire ways of putting Big Mom down if you can achieve it but keeping her down is the much harder part when you get down to it. Watching how they worked that at the start here in the recap of the previous episode is a lot of fun because of how quickly they moved in general but even more so in recap form. And that, in turn, puts all the focus on Luffy now as he steps up with this statement of always being free and ready to fight his way out now.

Of course, what has to be faced off against here is a member of the Akazaya Nine that’s been hidden and locked away since forever here, someone that many believe should have been killed first and foremost years ago. Though a little awkward just in the way it unfolds, there’s a good bit of action in some of the interior aspects of the labor camp that gets the key retried for Kawamatsu so that he can finally get out of his chains and make their way out of the cage at long last. It has all the right kind of buildup to it and the initial showing off of some pretty good abilities as well as Kawamatsu makes their way forward. One Piece has always done the steeped in mystery with slow exposure thing well and applying “Kappy Style” to it certainly isn’t a bad thing for something that at least feels a little bit new.

While this finally brings most of this group out into the open at long last, masked and all, the old man finally calls forth for them to remove that and reveal themselves so that they’re no longer thought of as ghosts anymore and can actively work for the people once again. It’s a pretty good sequence with a minor sideline about Kikunojo being a man, or the most beautiful swordsman, but I don’t think this is the first time that One Piece has covered this ground before. Luffy and Chopper’s surprise is cute since it lasts about three seconds before we get the full grouper pose that’s ready to make clear that the Akazaya are back and that they’ll save everyone in the labor camp.

In Summary:
The show has a lot going on within it but at the same time a lot of it is just posturing and setting up for what’s to come. There are a lot of labor camp guards to deal with that makes for some decent action material toward the end. It’s fun and welcome, especially after the panicked time with Big Mom, and getting to see how well the Akazaya group as it stands here can work together is also nice to see. It’s not a bad episode but it’s another very small piece of a larger journey that gets us a little closer to something that should be meaningful.

Grade: B-

Streamed By: Crunchyroll

Review Equipment:
Sony KDL70R550A 70″ LED 1080P HDTV, Apple TV via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.