ARCHER REVIEW: DRIFT PROBLEM

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In this episode, Archer gets a new spy car for his birthday which gets stolen, fearing Malory’s rage, he confronts the yakuza, a Japanese mob who specialize in stealing drift cars, only to find out that Malory took it to teach him a lesson.

First off, I kind of like the episode mainly because Archer actually got what he deserved and the Yakuza. Just because it’s your birthday doesn’t mean you can act like a spoiled brat. Archer acted like everyone from his butler, Woodhouse, to his coworkers at ISIS (who hate him more or less) should be kissing his butt. I’m pretty sure if you ever went to work, the last thing anyone would care about is you getting older, but his coworkers actually did give him an awesome car. Now I love the car. It had all sorts of cool gadgets and luxuries, and the animators even spell checked themselves when they introduced the drinking bar. They told the audience that the drinks there were actually cider and that you should never drink and drive, which Archer finds out later on (the cider part, not the drinking and driving thing). The police chase demonstrating the car’s features was awesome and it makes you think that this car will make more appearances, but due to what I think is budget cuts, it gets stolen and never returned to Archer, so what does the writers do? Flawlessly, written it into Archer’s and Malory’s characters. Archer is irresponsible and Malory knows this so she steals the car (and we never stop to think if it’s out of character), knowing that he left the thing unlocked and as pointed out later on by Lana, never discussed responsibility. See, if your going to have a character that is as rotten as Archer, you have to give him a good reason for why that is, and the culprit here is Malory. She doesn’t seem to understand that teaching your kids about responsibility even if you decide to take their things is more effective than scarring them with ping pong rackets and drive by shootings. Archer never became more responsible as result, but more drastic in trying to do dangerous stuff to avoid getting scolded at. I like how they deconstructed the tough love notion that a lot of parents have. The tough love Malory gave him hasn’t grown him up, but rather made him a man child.

I like how awesome the Yakuza were in this episode. From what we seen in the episode, they were pretty good drift racers, run shady operations effectively, adhere to the Japanese culture without being stereotypical, and had good voice acting. It really says something when they put down Archer who had up to this point taken down Russian KGB agents, terrorists, and many other threats. It kind of boosts their threat level. I also like the increasing character developments in this episode. Pam is regular drift racer and is darn good at it. And apparently, she knows a little Japanese. Cheryl also learned how to drive from her dead father, which is a heart warming thing to see, considering how messed up that family is implied to be. Great episode. Eight out of ten.

ONE PIECE REVIEW: The Strongest Man in the Prison! Poison Man Magellan Appears

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Hello, everyone, I’m back for another One Piece review. In this episode, Luffy and Buggy lands in Wild Beast hell, and promptly gets chased by a tiny hippo with a big mouth. It eats Buggy’s body, but lucky for him, getting chewed up does not kill him. You know, I’m just realizing this, but Luffy’s and Buggy’s powers are like opposites. Luffy can stretch, not get affected by physical blows, but vulnerable to sword slashes. Buggy, on the other hand, can separate into many pieces which means he can’t be hurt by sword slashes, but can get bruised up by physical blows. Is Oda trying tell us these two pirates would become legends one day and have an epic battle for the ages? To make a long story short, Luffy evades the hippo, the praying mantis, and busts up a basilisk with his giant, Third Gear fist and knocks out the security monitors, leaving them undetected. Buggy, showing some brilliance, unlocks the cages of prisoners to get some extra hands, including another old enemy, Mr. 3.

But oddly enough Luffy’s role in this episode is not the center point. Today we meet another character, prison warden Magellan.¬† The strongest man in Impel Down and the main antagonist of Luffy in this arc. Magellan is a poison man, and basically getting near him could spell death. What I like about him is that he’s not really terrible but quirky. He loves eating poison, spends ten hours in the bathroom because of it, sleeps eight hours, and really only works four hours (which is about all he needs to anyway). Makes you think what he does for the other two hours. He’s actually a polite and nice guy who prefers darker places to sunlight. He’s not needlessly cruel, falls head over heels for Hancock, and is probably quite kinky. He likes it when Hancock steps on him. But. Don’t. Be. Fooled. He is not by any means¬† a pushover, and he’s unafraid of throwing his weight around. He demonstrates this by poisoning probably his closest friend, Hannyabal, for answering the phone at his desk without remorse. He’s not to be played with. Such a complex and lovable character Oda made here.

I find the ending pretty interesting as well. Impel Down claims to have never been penetrated before, but Sengoku reveals that one person has escaped. The Golden Lion, Shiki, a man who once went toe to toe with the Pirate King. That’s right Luffy is becoming a legend. Oh, and uh this leads to the movie where the two meet. It was pretty good I guess.

ONE PIECE REVIEW: Break Through the Crimson Hell! Buggy’s Chaos-Inducing Plan

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Alright people, here comes another One Piece review. In this episode, Luffy runs into Buggy in his attempt to break Ace out of Impel Down. This episode doesn’t contain much except something about Buggy’s character so this will cover that.

At first, Buggy wanted nothing to do with Luffy, except when he noticed the bicep band Luffy was wearing. Apparently, it’s a map of some treasure he was looking for, which led to him being caught. This interesting, because most pirates in this world is looking for the One Piece so it’s rare to see a pirate interested in something else. Then I’m reminded that Buggy was on Gol D. Roger’s ship. Is it possible that he knows something about the One Piece?

Anyway he makes a deal with Luffy to show him the way down if he gives him the trinket, which Luffy agrees. They are led to a place called Crimson Hell, which a terrain of sharp blades used to cut up the criminals, lucky for Buggy it doesn’t affect him. Of course he leads Luffy to the second floor, and Buggy was about to turn around but the Bluegori, probably just to be a smart alack, cuts him and made his body fall in with Luffy and since his head can’t leave his body, it goes with him. Ha ha. Goodnight. Six out of ten.

ONE PIECE REVIEW: A Reunion in Hell! The Man Who Ate the Chop-Chop Fruit!

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Buggy! Buggy! Buggy! Hello, people. I’m coming at ya with another One Piece review. In this episode, Luffy enters Impel Down and runs into Buggy, who slips out of his chains using his powers. You know up to this point, the validity of Buggy’s “genius” has only been from his crew. This time he actually proven it. When he was captured, he had to be considered a weakling, especially since he was one of the first villains Luffy has fought, and unlike Crocodile, Lucci, and Arlong, wasn’t taken very seriously. So when I heard that he hid his abilities knowing that he could use it to slip out of his normal cuffs when the time was right, I had to admire that his intelligence was not just for appearances. Since he has connections to Shanks, an Emperor of the sea as well as the person who gave Luffy his hat, and is revealed to have been on Gol D. Roger’s ship according to Vice Captain Silvers “Dark Knight” Rayleigh, I expect Buggy to play a major role in the series and now he’s in Impel down trying to escape so maybe now is the time.

I like how Oda demonstrated the strength of the jailers, the Bluegori, by having them chop up a sea king, a giant sea monster. Kind of shows what kind of class is in this prison that Luffy has to fight. He doesn’t have any trouble dealing with them, and neither does Buggy, but this is the first floor.

On a funny note, I like how perverted the security and Vice Warden Hannybal were in wanting to Domino search Hancock only to be denied, and Hancock really needs to learn how to read lips. “Thank you” is not the same as “I love you”.

ONE PIECE REVIEW: A Deadly Infiltration! The Underwater Prison Impel Down

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Welcome to another one of my One Piece reviews. In this latest installment, we enter the arc of Impel Down, basically a prison break arc. This is a world building episode, giving us a view of what Luffy is getting himself into. This prison is best described as hell. We see prisoners being tortured to the point of begging for death, and that’s for only minor offenses. What is great about this is that it increases the senses of dread. We really think there’s little hope for Luffy to escape this place alive even with his plot armor.

What I also like is main antagonists in this piece. Even though, we’re given their first impressions through their supposed ally, Boa Hancock, we see that they are actually nice. They are just doing their job. I mean just because you like to hear the pain and screams of criminals doesn’t make you a bad person, does it? If it was, then I must be hanging with the wrong crowd all my life (JK). Their quirks makes them attractive characters instead of hate your guts evil, which is brilliant to me. We all know the World Government is corrupt, evil we might even argue, but nobody who signs up to work for them is set up to be evil. Here we see upstanding people doing their jobs and keeping criminals in their place. Remember Luffy and his crew are the exceptions of being a pirate not the rule. Some of these fellows deserve to be there. So I have a feeling that if Luffy has to fight with anyone there, I think we could well expect that to the jailers it isn’t anything personal just a job and reputation. Another great showing of this is that they have to search Hancock and place her in sea stone cuffs, which cuts off her powers, just in case she might break Ace out. They tell her it’s not personal, but they have a reputation and they are going to uphold it and that means no chances.

On a personal note, Buggy’s back. At least in this scary, heart racing arc, there is some comical relief. You can’t have your heart racing all the time. It’s bad for you y’know. Oh, and I also like the time being shown to Ace’s execution. Kind of places the importance of time and building up of something even bigger. If you’re wondering, it’s at thirty-three hours.

ONE PIECE REVIEW: Love is a Hurricane! Love-Love Hancock!

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Hello all, here comes another One Piece review before the fillers on the whereabouts of the Straw Hat Pirates come into play. This one is pretty short as it involves Luffy asking Hancock to ride him to Impel Down, a very dangerous prison where Ace is held, on a World Government ship. But here comes the silly part. Hancock gets sick when she hears Luffy leaving by morning. Wait for it. Hancock is sick because she is in love. Ooookay, dismissing the fact that Luffy is barely of age and Hancock is in her twenties…that happened. According to the old woman, Nyon, (and yes she is buying into this) love sickness is what killed the other Snake Empresses and almost herself if she hadn’t left the island which explains that, and Hancock is next…until Luffy came with his request. This earns the ire of her sisters, but Hancock doesn’t mind. In fact, she’ll take him anywhere he pleases which shocks her sisters. Going to the place that had basically scarred her for life, huh? Man, she’s got it bad. I don’t know how she made it through the night.

Anyway, this is a silly episode with no real meaning to it, except you know Ace in jail talking to Garp.

And you know…he’s coming.

ONE PIECE REVIEW: Saving Ace! The Next Stop The Great Prison!

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Hello people it’s time for another One Piece review. In this episode, Luffy is invited to a banquet set up by Hancock, who is not going to attend for some reason as a result, I guess she didn’t tell the Kuja pirates that she and Luffy were cool so they plot to take him down, but Luffy manages to get them to sing along. From what I seen in this scene, Luffy must really miss his crew. He’s singing Bink’s Brew, a song often sung by his musician Brook, and teaches the inhabitants to stick chopsticks in their noses like Chopper, his ship’s doctor. This is good, subtle foreshadowing from Oda. Luffy is not going to see his crew for some time, and Luffy is just expressing his sadness over this fact.

Well, anyway after someone charges people to come touch him, Margret saves him by taking him to the old woman’s home. There Luffy finds out about Hancock being a Warlord. What’s stunning about this is that Hancock earned this at eighteen after just one campaign. The Kuja pirates’ reputation surely helped, but you can’t help but wonder how powerful Hancock really is to get into that class after just one deed.

Luffy also got the terrible news that his brother had lost to Blackbeard and is going to be executed. You feel Luffy feelings of dread. His brother of all people lost the fight. To him his brother is one of the strongest people he knew, even stronger than him so to hear him losing a fight and is now going to be killed took the world from under his feet. You would expect Luffy to be in denial about this, but he remembered his vivre card given to him by Ace, and it’s burning up, meaning he’s very close to death. The symbolism in the episode is great. Anyone who knows about this series, knows what’s going to happen to Ace, but to see his lifeline slip away in Luffy’s grasp…it has a powerful meaning later on let’s leave it at that. What I also like is the legend of Whitebeard being introduced. Over the course of the series, we heard of this legendary pirate, his awesomeness being told over and over again. He’s the only man to go toe to toe with the former Pirate King, Gol D. Roger, and is Ace’s only hope, so we now know why the World Government wants all the Seven Warlords there.

Luffy is told that he can’t go to Saboady and gather his crew in time or go by pirate ship alone. The only way is to get Hancock to face her terrible past and ask the World Government to ship her there with him hidden on board, and she just came down with an illness to boot. And the next foreshadowing is just heart rendering. The old woman told him that even he goes there he would be an ant before a thunderstorm. This is just epic foreshadowing in my opinion. It shows us, the viewers, where Luffy stands in all this. He’s no where near powerful enough to withstand the combine might of the World Government. He’d be lucky enough to survive let alone make an impact. Great overall episode. Nine out of ten.