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One Piece Episode #1076 Anime Review

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There's no denying the power of the storytelling nor the animation quality here and it excels at what it does.
© Eiichiro Oda / Shueisha · Fuji Television · Toei Animation

“The World That Luffy Wants!”

What They Say:
Kaido remembers how he was treated unfairly in the past and how he believes the world should be. While his friends struggle to survive on Onigashima, Luffy is asked by Kaido to picture his ideal world as he throws a destructive punch.

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The excitement for where One Piece is now is definitely out there for its fandom and it’s certainly earned. There’s a lot going on beyond the show but the series itself is doing some really good stuff, even if a lot of it isn’t working for me specifically. It’s achieving what it needs to with the visual design, the strong animation for these important fights, and it’s continuing to flesh out the cast of characters. Just not doing much with most of the Straw Hats. Luffy makes out a bit better as he had his recent new Gear going for him and that’s still a part of it all but more time is being spent with characters like Momonosuke and Yamato and the like and while it’s certainly important, it just does absolutely nothing for me and I just keep waiting for something to actual change what’s happening in the story as it still feels like the same fight just dragging on.

This episode spends some of its time doing flashback and origin material for Kaido which shows some of his rise to power, the way that the Marines went after him, and what he was capable of at such a young age as well. With a high reward on him at only age fifteen, he already has a good sense of power and strength about him but it’s also clear just what kind of brutal person he is. This is certainly all interesting stuff but I keep coming back to the same thing in that so much of this should have been covered previously rather than being inserted into the main fight sequence with Luffy. It’s one of the biggest structural issues that just grinds me gears when it comes to One Piece and how Oda tells his stories. I enjoy so much of what he does and has created, and the way it’s only grown more bananas as it’s gone on, but the structure of the stories and how they’re adapted leaves me frustrated. I mean, Kaido’s story is something very much worth telling, but it feels like a it just slows down the power of the fight by presenting it here.

The back half of the episode spends its time throughout a few areas and it does give us some time with various Straw Hats as the big fight goes on above – and as Onigashima continues to falter more and more, and it’s even just nice to see and hear Frankie for a couple of seconds. The scale of the chaos with fortress shaking about is impressive as it slowly falls toward the Flower Capital is well done, but it’s also been falling for what, a dozen episodes or more now? There’s no real tension to be had there. That said, the visual execution of Momonosuke stepping up to right the building and try and change what’s happening works well, playing out alongside the gorgeously animated fight Luffy and Kaido are having. Getting to this point in the fight, and having the flashback of Kaido acknowledging in the past that Joyboy would be the one to defeat him, brings things full circle well enough but if only we had that dozens of episodes sooner to build the anticipation better.

In Summary:
There are a lot of big moments here and they all work well and follow the usual structure of how One Piece works. There’s no denying the power of the storytelling nor the animation quality here and it excels at what it does. My frustrations are certainly my own but I still enjoy a lot of what it does when it gets to the point as it does here. It’s a strong episode in just about every way and while I would have liked more of this material about Kaido earlier, and maybe even expanded a bit more, it’s done well enough here so as to not detract from the events of the present or overstay its welcome. Definitely curious to see what’s next.

Grade: A-

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.