“Kaido’s Trump Card! The Tobi Roppo Appear!”
With Luffy totally pumped that Jimbei is here and a part of things now, the episode goes quickly into the big action material that reminds us exactly what Luffy is capable of along with the rest of the Straw Hats. Which is frustrating at times because they often come across as very underpowered in order to move through the early part of a storyline only to go bigger than ever by the end of it. That said, it’s a fun bit here as we see Luffy stan out and then the gang back to their normal selves, ready for a party and food, and the hunt for booze as well. And all while the Wano folks stare on at them, this small group that just dealt a final blow to hundreds of opponents at the start of their journey to free Wano. Suffice to say, Kin’emon is glad that things have worked out as they have and that they’re paired with the Straw Hats.
The episode delves into some material with Kado and the way things are settling on his side of things as they prepare for what’s to come while making sure that everyone under him is fully entertained. And that means the show takes an absolutely unexpected turn; with it shifting into 2.35:1 widescreen mode, we get a super high-quality concert sequence that’s put on. Music has been a part of the show for ages and it can be really hit or miss. This is just gorgeous in its look and must have taken an age to get right and it’s likely going to absolutely delight fans. It doesn’t take up a huge amount of time but it allows for a segue to some behind-the-scenes jockeying for position and power among those under Kado. I’ve long lost track of who is who with this group so it’s pretty bland but it’s beautifully animated and fun to watch on that level.
To Law and the others’ surprise, Luffy and the rest of the Straw Hats attack the giant torii gate in front of Onigashima. Meanwhile, Kaido and Orochi are having a big banquet on the island where Kaido’s formidable subordinates are also called in.
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