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One Piece Episode 426: A Gold Lion’s Ambitions on the Move! – SideReel Review

Posted on: November 16, 2009

All anime is made better by people biting other people's heads.

And now for something completely different: this week’s One Piece brings a new kind of “filler” that really isn’t. Penned by Oda himself, this week’s episode starts up an entirely new story meant to lead up to the 10th movie, Strong World. Based on what we have so far, it could be a fun ride!

The One Piece special introduces the villainous Gold Lion Shiki, who’ll rise up and become more important as the storyline goes on, but what I really like about it is the return to the full Straw Hat Crew, who we haven’t seen in a very long time. The last few arcs of One Piece have been very serious with the spectre of Ace’s execution looming over Luffy, and so it’s a nice break to see the whole cast back together without the annoyance of filler episodes that don’t progress the plot at all.

The episode brings back a lot of the team comedy that makes One Piece so fun. It opens with Luffy, Usopp, Chopper, and Brook fishing to make up for all of the overeating they always do, and when their big catch is stolen by a giant beetle, half of the crew runs off after it in anger, while Luffy thinks it’s awesome and wants to ride it. When the beetle breathes fire on Luffy, instead of getting angry, he thinks it’s even more awesome and takes off in hot pursuit of the flying bug to try and convince it to join the crew as his personal flying mount. It’s a really fun scene to watch, and it is a marked difference from the more-serious Luffy conflicts we’ve seen in recent months.

It’s also nice for One Piece to get back to its roots in the East Blue, and the episode opens up all sorts of ways for the Straw Hats to get back in touch with their origins. Meeting a ragtag collection of characters from the East Blue who idolize their hometown heroes is both amusing and meaningful, reminding you of just how deep the back stories and motivations of each character are.

Of course, it also sets up the peaceful little community for a huge fall, and we’re going to see the Gold Lion’s ambitions at work in the next episode.

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1 Response to "One Piece Episode 426: A Gold Lion’s Ambitions on the Move! – SideReel Review"

Woohoo! One Piece has always been my favorite anime (and Manga) and I know that this is a great start to this (I dunno, Mini-Arc?).

It is very refreshing to see them act carefree.

I know this is a little off kilter, but on Manga fox (which I guess is the main American online manga reader Onemanga notwithstanding), He’s dedicated to roses is the top manga, and One Piece is at (last I checked) seventh place.

I would like to know your opinion on this.

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