ONE PIECE #608 - - Special Review

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ONE PIECE #608 - - Special Review

Well, as far as earning ‘antipathy points’ for your villain goes, you
can’t do much than having the baddie just ignore an assassin while he’s on a phone
call. I don’t know if the would-be avenger with the arsenal of ‘finger guns’
was introduced prior to this, or if Oda just pulled her out of the ol’ rabbit
hat, but the scene of her thwarted vengeance distills the distinct and
contradictory nature of the show nicely. It makes me think of the whole bloodied
smiley face visual metaphor from WATCHMEN, actually.

No bones about it, the character and the scene she’s in are patently
. Like, it’s just free-association absurdity. Yet, there is still
an undeniably tragic pathos in her tearful, desperate attempt to avenge her boyfriend.
It’s just pushing on a lot different buttons at once - - playing like the
sickest black humor gag and the most exaggeratedly-rendered human drama
- and I guess a lack of hesitation about
blurring lines is what ultimately defines ONE PIECE.

== TEASER ==

If I remark on this every episode, from one angle or another, it’s
because I’ll never get used to this show’s tone.

Now, some of you have lunatics have been rather insistently teasing me
about how Luffy’s eventually going to get madder than we’ve ever seen him after he
learns about something horrible that Caesar’s done. Considering how this
episode ends with an unusually understated cliffhanger revealing that the dragon
is actually the samurai’s mutated son (after we’ve watched that samurai
brutally pummel the dragon, no less
) I’ll go ahead and point my nose to
that as the surest candidate for this forthcoming, unforgivable transgression.

Which probably means that the dragon’s going to die next episode… and
that’s is just as tragi-diculous as the scene with ‘gun hand’.

Watch this
"A Mastermind Underground! Doflamingo Makes
His Move!” here and decide for yourself, then read my comments
about the previous episode here.

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