One Piece Episode 961 Review


“Tearfully Swearing Allegiance! Oden and Kin’emon!”

The opening of this episode definitely looks great as the giant boar is tearing through the capital and literally chewing it up in search of its offspring. So much trouble was caused by the little guy and so many people are paying the price for it. Those who have it, or had it, are now trying to do their best to get it back to the mountain with Oden getting involved as well. While the whole thing is resolved in the first half with Oden doing some pretty solid moves, a quarter of the capital is destroyed by the giant boar and we even get an amusing nod from the narrator that enough people and buildings were swallowed up by it that it could have formed its own small town inside of its stomach. 


The post-fight sequence leaves us with some exploration of rebuilding that has to go on and some of the character stuff with some baseline interactions, but we also get the theft of money which Oden is being blamed for with someone claiming to have seen him do that, which with Oden and his “group” having left the capital to go wandering again, it’s just an awkward situation all around. He’s not pleased by having “retainers” but since they keep following him and haven’t given up, it just becomes something a little more natural as they connect and they start to understand him more with his ways, his journaling, and how he views the world. 


In Summary:

When the angry mountain god, the giant boar, almost kills Kin’emon, Oden steps in. Kin’emon is impressed when he sees Oden’s strength and pledges his life to serve him. Disavowed by his father, Oden decides to go on a journey around the country and gathers more followers along the way.


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