One Piece Episode #624 Anime Review

One Piece Episode #624 Anime Review

One Piece Episode 624

The Straw Hats are on the move, but so is Joker.

What They Say:
On their way after having set out from Punk Hazard, the Straw Hats find out their next destination – just as a huge wave comes crashing down on the Sunny! But it’s rough sailing for the G-5 as well, as Donflamingo – a.k.a. the Joker – arrives on the scene and wreaks havoc!

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
While the on-island aspect of the Punk Hazard arc has drawn to a close, there’s still a lot of fallout to be had from it. Seeing how Joker is now intent on getting what he needs, especially since Trafalgar Law has Caesar himself placed properly at the moment and access to what Joker wants, he’s made quite the offer to Joker about it, though it’s hard to see exactly where Law is planning to go with it. The simple shock in Joker’s expression is worth it alone to see that happen. Having that laid out like it is and seeing things on board the ship with the Straw Hats, it’s pretty fun since you have Chopper basically screwing around with Caesar in a rather adorable way. You almost – almost – feel for Caesar a little bit.

The Straw Hats have a bit more than the usual crew in addition to Caesar as Kin’emon and Momonosuke are on board as well and Law is keeping himself fairly quiet overall. It’s an interesting group mix when you get down to it, something we don’t often get when most arcs come to a close as either everyone goes their separate ways or it’s just the core crew itself. There’s some cuteness to be had with the dynamic, especially with Nami being Nami, and it keeps it light which is something that’s still needed at the moment. And it plays well against events back on Punk Hazard as we do see the various Marines doing their best to go into the remains of the facility trying to rescue their comrades that are petrified. It’s a little bit of additional closure that’s good to get, especially with Smoker being a bit more cooperative than usual.

But that’s going to be mostly for naught in the end as Joker arrives there and promptly makes a mess of things with the rank and file, setting a facedown between him and Joker over where Law and the others went. Being people of significant power overall, they’re not the types to talk much and this gives us a great action sequence as they face down each other with their abilities in a rather fun and engaging way. Smoker really comes across well here and reinforces himself as a character that I’ve liked longer than a lot of others with how he handles himself. This sets us up for some interesting moments as it goes only so far as one would expect, and it does it with a good bit of impact. I’ve never cared much for Joker in the few times that I’ve seen him, and this doesn’t change my opinion, but he does bring the serious to the fight in a way that few others tend to do.

In Summary:
One Piece always knows how to up the stakes and sometimes it’s in a small way when you get down to it, such as the final minute here with fate steps in with a surprise arrival. That said, the episode works its two tracks well as we see the Straw Hats settling into what’s going on now that they’ve sailed away and answered a few minor questions and seeing Smoker and the Marines doing their best to rescue their fallen friends until Joker shows up and is ready to kill everyone because he’s… well, just because really. The action for the episode is good and it definitely makes for a difficult scene overall because of how Joker fights, making fans of Smoker definitely cringe as they see what he’s put through. Events are always building in One Piece and this episode is no exception as a few more twists to the pieces of the puzzle begin to fall into place.

Grade: B+

Streamed By: Crunchyroll

Review Equipment:
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70″ LCoS 1080P HDTV, Dell 10.1 Netbook 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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