ONE PIECE #606 - - Special Review

| Thursday, August 8, 2013

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ONE PIECE #606 - - Special Review

‘Fan service’ is a stupid term. In anime, it’s mostly used as
double-speak for T&A by fans embarrassed about their own love of
cheesecake. When it’s borrowed by the ‘norms,’ it’s a too-broad term for winks,
nudges and Easter eggs. Ask for an explanation of what it actually means, and people
will stammer out some explanation about it being “when a show… uh... gives the
fans what they like,” as if that weren’t the basic aim of all

You know what ‘fan service’ really is? Watch this episode. You won’t
find Nami’s boobs bouncing or obscure references to arcs from long ago, no, but you
will find a non-stop series of scenarios designed (almost tenuously
) to make our heroes look as cool as they possibly can be…

== TEASER ==

Sanji gets to play White Knight when a woman’s in peril!

Chopper Hulks-out after a long dry-spell and totally wrecks Caesar’s

With fiery purpose, Luffy gives ‘the master’ a
spoonful of his own medicine!

In other words, scenes that insistently give you everything you look for
in a heroic escapism, and none of the boring little moments you don’t want. Fan

Of course, as I’ve stuck with the show over the course of this arc, I’ve
come to realize that one byproduct of weekly airdates is that show really just
ebbs and flows between the exciting stuff and the drier stuff. If there were more
time to reconsider, re-edit and re-balance, we might have a more even
distribution of the goods - - but that ain’t the name of the game here.

Put simply, this was one of the good ones (although Vergo’s cool
super moves still couldn’t salvage how stupid his food-on-the-face gimmick is

Watch this
"The Treacherous Vice Admiral! Demon Bamboo Vergo!” here and decide
for yourself, then read my comments about the previous episode here.

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