With something clearly a’brewin’ over in our anime favorite “One Piece,” we asked our resident expert from Funimation, Aaron Anderson, for some insight into the coming weeks.
You know that moment on a rollercoaster where you slowly creep toward the top of the ride, your entire body bracing for the exhilarating decent that lies ahead? That’s what I felt like watching One Piece in recent weeks. Something big is coming. No, something huge is coming. Something amazingly gargantuan is looming on the horizon. I don’t know what it is, but the suspense is killing me. Seriously, I have my pirate desk lamp hotwired to my aorta. If I go into Straw Hat withdrawal, I can flip the switch and jolt my ticker back into action. It’s a pretty cool except that it hurts really, really bad.
But enough about me, let’s get back to the Straw Hats. One Piece is more awesome than an army of puppies bringing me puppy-sized wagons full of bacon and video games. It’s hard to get that awesome but Luffy and the gang found a way. In fact, the hardest thing to fathom about this unprecedentedly-awesome event, is that it’s about to get even better. How? I’ll tell you.
Two words: time jump. Starting this week, One Piece is warping two years into the future. It’s gonna be rad. The New World is waiting, and the battle at Marineford set the stage for a raucous pirate free-for-all. Every scallywag worth his salt is gonna be gunning for the top spot on the pirate pecking order. The Straw Hats know they aren’t ready for that kind of fight, so they’ve gotta get stronger. They’ll spend the next two years training, at which point they should be fired up and ready to rumble!
That’s I all I know about what’s coming after the jump. Lots of pirates, lots of fighting, and lots of new powers for the Straw Hats. The rest is super extra top secret. But we aren’t gonna leave you hanging. To get you ready for the next wave of One Piece adventures, let’s look back at some of the coolest characters from past episodes.
We first encounter fishman Jimbei in the dungeons of Impel Down, and he quickly becomes one of the more important characters in the simulcast. He’s vital to Luffy’s daring escape from the clink, and the rubberman doesn’t survive the battle at Marineford without him. Check out Episode 430 for his first simulcast appearance and Episode 449 to see him turn a door into a boat. Cool stuff.
This guy is a little bit strange and whole lotta awesome. He saves Luffy’s life on more than one occasion, and his Death Wink is just plain rad. Episodes 438 and 439 serve as an introduction to the enigma, and Episode 477 (link: http://www.hulu.com/watch/197051/one-piece-the-power-that-will-shorten-ones-life-energy-hormone-redux#s-p8-so-i0) shows why you want him on your side in the heat of battle.
Hancock is a regal beauty who’ll turn you to stone with her stunning good looks. She doesn’t like men telling her what to do, as is evident in Episode 410. On the other hand, Episode 422 proves she’s willing to risk her life for the man she loves!
Dark King Rayleigh
Fans may remember Rayleigh from Episode 397 of the simulcast where he recuses Kami the mermaid from the Celestial Dragons. More recently, in Episode 516, he trains Luffy to harness some powerful new abilities that should serve him well in the New World.
Speaking of the New World, there are a couple of interesting characters we meet briefly in the simulcast, but don’t learn a whole lot about. Episode 398 introduces us to Trafalgar Law and Eustass Captain Kid and their unique powers. We don’t see them again until late in the Marineford arc, but I have a hunch they’ll be major players after the time jump. Guess you’ll have to watch and find out.
Gotta run, now. I’m getting a little too excited about what’s gonna happen next week, and the bulb in my pirate lamp is starting to flicker. Better hit the supply closet before I flat line. After all, not everyone has a medically-trained reindeer in their crew.