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One Piece Episode #998 Anime Review

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A couple more weeks and we'll see just how big this series is going to try and go.
© Eiichiro Oda / Shueisha · Fuji Television · Toei Animation

“Zeus’ Treason?! The Cornered Nami!”

What They Say:
Shinobu tries to rescue the weakened Momonosuke but is found by King and attacked. On the other hand, Nami takes back Zeus from Big Mom and runs away but loses him again and gets chased by Zeus who is ordered to kill to her by Big Mom.

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
As we inch closer to the big episode and potential event that might be happening because of it, the lead-up continues to work the familiar track. Again, not hating on One Piece in any way but we’ve been to this dance before. The fun and setup of Wano introduced us to this neat world with its particular animation style and design and it had a lot of fun in being explored. But as we get closer to what I presume is the culmination of the arc, things fall into an all too familiar pattern for the show (and manga). But what it does do is deliver the big sweeping action and the creativity of so many characters bouncing around and interacting with each other. There’s a lot going on and even as drawn out as it is there’s plenty to sample and enjoy.

A lot of the first half is about what you’d expect with the continuing running around, though it has a bigger moment as it progresses. Shinobou ends up taking quite the hit while dealing with the opposing side and it’s something that panics everyone until she pulls out of it. But for Momonosuke, it’s his chance at freedom with his chains breaking and him seemingly “flying” out into the open courtyard. He’s clearly got no idea what’s happening which adds to the weirdness of it all, but it’s not something that Kaido’s men will let happen for all that long. But they’re surprised to find that he’s basically in the middle of some kind of protective bubble. It’s always amusing when the bad guys are surprised like this, but when we get the reality of what’s going within that bubble as Sanji reveals himself, it’s one of the few really great moments of the past couple of dozen episodes for me. Sanji – and his particular costume here – is part of his great revolution overall in the series.

Sanji’s long been a favorite of mine, especially when he’s not stuck in just being driven by his libido, and after his arc with his family that feels like forever ago I’ve really wanted to see him step up like this. We’ve had hints of it but here he really gets to deliver well and I loved seeing the other Straw Hats so happy to see him executing like that. But as it takes a turn for the worse, Luffy puts things into motion with Yamato, but Big Mom is always there to throw a wrench into it. Big Mom still isn’t a complete favorite or anything, but they have made her more interesting over the last couple hundred episodes and seeing her bit with Nami here and the whole cloud thing that binds them together is definitely fun as there’s a weirdly strong emotional element to it that definitely works.

In Summary:
As expected, One Piece nudges things forward without going too far forward. It’s all solid and well done and I really liked a bunch of it since it focused on actual Straw Hat characters for a while. Sanji delivers the most for me here but we get some decent time with Nami and her crew a bit, which is a delight even if it’s divided up with Big Mom. A couple more weeks and we’ll see just how big this series is going to try and go.

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.

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