One Piece Episode 657
It鈥檚 not easy fighting back when you鈥檙e treated like a rag doll by your opponent.
What They Say:
Bartolomeo searches the Colosseum for Luffy but stumbles upon the medical center for the losers of the battles in the ring – but is everything at this center as it seems? Meanwhile, Rebecca has to fend off Rolling Logan’s vicious bone-crushing grip attack or meet her certain doom!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The arcs coming together, slowly but surely, continues to be one of my favorite parts of any main storyline that One Piece runs. Seeing how all the different threads come together, the out of the blue collisions that happen and the general chaos of it all since it usually involves a whole lot of running around makes for a fun experience when done well. This storyline has a lot of things in the air and we saw some of it come together already, only to split again, but it鈥檚 handled the various focuses well, especially giving us a lot of time on the Sunny recently. But now events are shifting back to the arena more, which gives Luffy a little more time, but also continues its focus on Rebecca.
Finding Luffy is part of what鈥檚 going on as Bartolomeo connected with Zoro before and is such a fan of the Straw Hats that he鈥檒l do anything he can to help them. His idolization is spot on early on here as we see how excited he is by the idea of it all and it鈥檚 comically wonderful to see as it鈥檚 pretty infectious. Unfortunately for him, he鈥檚 having a hard time finding Luffy and ends up searching a subbasement in the arena where medical treatment is being offered. What we see though is that deep into this, there鈥檚 an area where the losers from the arena are kept sealed up while waiting to be looked at but instead appear to be left there to be pacified until they can all be dealt with in a more lethal manner. That all of these strong people 鈥?and strong personalities 鈥?end up sitting there waiting feels really off though. A darker secret in the arena is no surprise, especially with Doflamingo operating the island, but this just feels too easily setup.
The arena itself in all its action gets a good bit of time as well, noting once again that Rebecca has escaped largely unscathed in all her appearances there. Reinforcing that, you know she鈥檚 going to suffer a bit here and that does happen as she gets hit hard from Rolling Logan, practically playing with her like a doll. There鈥檚 some fun fighting with all of this, and the strain that Luffy is going through in watching it with the others below that adds to it, but the dynamic of the fight of course changes along the way and it鈥檚 a pretty decent slugfest, especially as Agilia ends up coming to Rebecca鈥檚 aid and working together, lightly, to take down Rolling Logan. It鈥檚 a decent bit overall and giving Rebecca a little more screen time in the arena with the fight isn鈥檛 a bad thing, but it also feels like we really need to start progressing, which we do get just at the end here with Luffy finally getting on the move again.
After some really fun episodes that focused on the Sunny and her crew along with Law and Doflamingo, we鈥檙e back to some of the other characters for a bit. Bartolomeo is a decent addition to the show for this arc and I鈥檓 enjoying his involvement and am curious to see where it goes, since it鈥檚 fun to have someone who idolizes the Straw Hats around for a bit. He鈥檚 moving closer to a few other discoveries, but not quite. A lot of focus is given to Rebecca again as her fights continue and that keeps the action quota filled while doing it well, even if it鈥檚 not filled with over the top Devil Fruit fighters going at it. A fun episode overall that is slowly but surely advancing things.
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