Episode 16: "Protect Kaya! The Usopp Pirates' Great Efforts!"
Have to say, when it first appeared, Kuro's "Jakushi" Attack really impressed me because of its quickness, the randomness of the attacks etc.. Of course, that would become a moot point when CP9 used a similar technique during which they are actually able to maintain control.
Second-to-last episode of the Kuro and the introduction of Kuro's "Jakushi" is one of the more notable elements of this one. Another one is that we get a glimpse of Luffy's outlook on pirates in that he loathes Kuro in how he views his "nakama" (as simple pawns to carry out his every order). Definitely a good glimpse into Luffy's mind process.
On the other side, we have the Usopp Pirates efforts to save Kaya from Jango which is not that interesting to watch and is also drawn out a bit compared to the manga.
All in all, a neat episode but nothing spectacular.
Not too much difference from the manga either except that the Usopp Pirates were pretty beat up by Jango (Onion's glasses broken, bruises, blood on them) in the manga whereas in the anime they come off better, looking almost none the worse for wear.
Tomorrow will be a break to watch the first One Piece movie creatively titled "One Piece: The Movie", so see you on Friday.
Episode 17: "Anger Explosion! Luffy vs. Kuro, How It Ends!"
And so comes the Captain Kuro Arc to a pleasent conclusion. The Black Cat Pirates are defeated, the Strawhat Crew gets their first ship and Usopp becomes their nakama and Luffy's 4th crew member.
The Going Merry...a cute and nice looking ship but I doubt we will develop any personal connection to that ship that will cause us to cry tears over it for some silly reason. But it seems like it is a fine vessel to carry Luffy and Crew to the One Piece.
And Usopp is seriously one lucky bastard out of the Strawhat Crew. When they find the One Piece and everybody gets to go home, he has a cute girl waiting for him who he can tell all of his adventures to and (who knows?) maybe they get together and get married and have lovely bunch of children together.
Of all the Strawhats' tragic backstories, Usopp probably is in the middle but I have to say...kudos for Oda to giving Usopp a deeper reason for his daily "The Pirates Are Coming!" outcries which is actually really sad if you think about it.
Personally, I don't know if it was a good time now to show the villager's actually having a more neutral view of Usopp. Maybe it leaves a bigger impact than what the manga did but I preferred the manga showing that Usopp was not the plaque that the anime made him out to be regarding the villagers.
All in all, this was good wrap-up to the Kuro arc (and also the first of many "Kanpais" the Strawhats will do to celebrate a new crew member entering their midst.
A few differences from the manga version in that a few things were cut out: -A brief scene at Ms. Kaya's between her and Merry before they go to give the Strawhats their present. -Three little scenes of the Usopp Pirates returning home and their parents' reaction to how they look (Onion getting scolded by his mother for breaking another pair of glasses etc.). -Fight between Luffy and Kuro a bit more extended at the beginning.
See you again tomorrow for a little breather between arcs.
Episode 18: "You're The Weird Creature! Gaimon And His Strange Friends!"
It should come as no surprise that I (and I am sure many others) saw this episode and immediately went: "Yep, definitely a filler episode!" Color me surprised then when I found out that this was actually based on a regular manga chapter.
So yeah, this is basically "One Piece Crew visits the Isle of Wuz"...or at least a similar island with animals that are two-in-one.
Although it is based on a manga chapter, there are a few facts that need to be mentioned first: -The manga chapter this was based on originally came between the Buggy Arc and the Kuro Arc, but the anime episode takes place between the Kuro Arc and the Don Creek Arc. Major difference of course is the participation of Usopp in the plot (since he was, of course, not a part of the crew in the manga chapter). The reason can only be speculated but perhaps the producers wanted to get to a more action-packed arc faster and postponed this until now. -Because they had to stretch the one manga chapter to a full half-hour episode, they had to stretch it quite a bit with the following:
*The starting bit on the Going Merry which was actually part of the chapter following the Captain Kuro arc where Usopp designs Luffy's pirate flag. *The legend of this Treasure Island (originally it was just a normal island they happen to come across). *The sailing up to the island during a storm. *Their first interaction with Gaimon (back when he pretended to be the Guardian God of the island) and the subsequent chase of him *The first talk with Gaimon (probably helped by the fact that more people are interacting with him).
Also some weird filler like Usopp pouring himself a cup of tea and drinking it...not a gag or anything, he just pours himself a cup of tea before asking a question to Gaimon.
But in general, I like this episode because it is pretty funny, a nice change of pace to cool down after an arc and Gaimon and his animals are entertaining one-shot characters. And it is still a sweet story mostly due to Luffy's interaction with Gaimon.
In addtion to the above changes, there are also a few differences to the manga version: -Zoro actually enters the island with the others and interacts with Gaimon. In the manga, he slept through the whole chapter (only Luffy and Nami entered the island and interacted with Gaimon). -The island did not have any cliffs around it but had a beach on it through which the crew could enter (manga also had a fun scene with Luffy and a crab).
Episode 19: "The Three-Swords-Style's Past! Zoro & Kuina's Vow!"
As I mentioned on the first page, originally we learned Zoro's past during the Captain Morgan arc in the manga when the marines pointed their guns at him still being tied to the wood posts. In this case, it was probably moved because in an anime medium it would not have flowed as well to interrupt the Morgan Arc for a flashback episode. In that case it is fine to put it here just before we start the Don Creek Arc.
As was the case in the last episode, they had to add a lot more content to fill the half-hour timeslot, but unlike the last one...they filled it with pretty good content that makes Zoro's past more engaging and even better than the manga portion.
Among the things added:
*How Zoro became a student at the dojo. *A glimpse into Zoro's training regimen *How Kuina got the idea that boys will eventually become stronger than girls *A far more detailed discussion between Zoro and his sensei after Kuina's death *Zoro's departure from the dojo in adulthood
All those things contribute to making this a really good episode. You can really feel the bond between Zoro and Kuina and how much she meant to Zoro in his strive to improve himself, leading to his life's ambition to become the world's greatest swordsman in her stead and to become so famous that his name will reach her in heaven. Zoro's backstory certainly belongs in the upper echelon of Tragic Straw Hat Past stories.
No differences from the manga portion to report here.
Oh yeah, we also get introduced in the present to the first half of perhaps the most annoying One Piece characters ever, but more on them tomorrow.
Episode 20: "Famous Cook! Sanji Of The Sea Restaurant!"
And soeth begins the Don Creek Arc in earnest.
I mentioned it yesterday...I don't like Johnny and Yosaku very much. They come across as these annoying dude-bros who talk big but are actually really useless. Unfortunately, we have to endure them for this and the next arc.
In less important character news, we are introduced to Marine Lieutenant "Iron Fist" Fullbody. Not a terribly interesting character, but one who pops up from time to time during the course of the series.
I kinda wonder how the Michelin Guide would rate the Baratié. I am sure the food and wine as well as the atmosphere would earn it three stars...but then again, a restaurant where the cooks regularly beat people up would probably have the Michelin Guide people running from there in a hurry.
I like Zeff and feel he is one of the more interesting mentors of the Straw Hats (although when I first saw him I thought he looked like he would be more at home in an Asterix comic).
Did I forget anything?
Oh yeah, here we get our introduction to the final crew member joining during the East Blue Saga, Sanji.
Sanji is pretty decent although I like him more for his fights than his actual character. Maybe its because his flirting ways reminds me too much of Pokemon's Brock sometimes. But perhaps I will get a new appreciation for him when I go through these episodes again (again I do note hate any of the Strawhats but some I like more than others).
Regarding differences from the manga version: -The episode starts with Fullbody and his current girlfriend sharing a glass of wine and him telling her where they will go. Originally, we meet Fullbody first when we are actually at the Baratié. -Originally, Luffy and Usopp give Yosaku lime juice whereas in the anime they squees some limes over his mouth and then forcefeed him whole limes. I dunno why: did the anime producers think force-drinking Yosaku was worse than forcefeeding him? -After Fullbody insults Yosaku & Johnny, in the manga they actually jump over and try to fight him. Off-panel, they are beaten to a pulp and sent back to the Going Merry where they lose the Wanted posters they had on them. In the anime, they just get their Wanted posters and throw them out to let Fullbody see with what kinds of pirates they deal with. I think even the anime producers took pity on them for being such losers and decided not to humiliate them further.
Episode 21: "Unwelcome Customer! Sanji's Food And Ghin's Debt!"
Ghin is a pretty meh character. He just seems to switch between "I'm sorry Sanji! Didn't know Don Krieg was such a s***head!" and "How dare you besmirch Don Krieg's name, you s***head! I'll kill you!" without any rhyme or reason which makes it pretty hard to get into him. But at least he's not Johnny/Yosaku level.
The two main focused on cooks in the Baratié, Patty and Carne, are also not on Johnny/Yosaku level and are acceptable. At least they can back up their tough talk most of the time.
Yeah, this is a pretty peaceful episode, giving a bit more insight into how the Baratié works and the character's opinions about one another. Also getting a deeper look into Sanji (although at this point, we have not even begun scratching the tip of the iceberg yet) about him. Add to that some fun humor with Luffy and the others of the Strawhat crew and you got a decent episode.
Manga difference were only minor this time: -Zoro, Nami and Luffy are seen watching Sanji's commotion with Fullbody from the doorway. In the manga, they appeared for the first time in the Baratié when Luffy came out to take orders. -We actually watch Sanji a bit preparing the food for Ghin (watched unknowingly by Zeff) which we don't in the manga.
Episode 22: "The Strongest Pirate Fleet! Commodore Don Krieg!"
Yeah, up until last episode I spelled it Don Creek, but since I am watching the official Crunchyroll dub, might as well follow their romanization.
Don Krieg is a decent antagonist. Although pretty one-note in his character ("I am the strongest! Everybody will bow before me! YAAAAARG!"), he makes up for it with a pretty cool proto-Frankie design (although he is less a cyborg and more a pretty strong guy who can carry all types of weapons in his armor). And his ruthlessness will definitely be seen in the next episodes.
This is an episode again where one can see how the anime makers take their sweet time to extend an episode's runtime. Be it the loooong shot-reaction shot between Luffy and the foggy sea, Don Krieg slooowly making his way into the Baratié etc.., those are definitely signs that the makers want to prolong this arc a bit.
This is again an episode where not really much happens. We get a first look at Krieg's M.O. and his fighting style, Sanji's character trait of giving anyone on the verge of starvation something to eat even when they will fight him afterwards etc.. So again a bit more character-driven episode but still not quite what will come later in this arc.
Only major difference from the manga I noticed was an added scene where Luffy's crew discuss the current situation, Usopp seeing Luffy taking out the trash and then having a discussion with him how long it will take before it goes to the appearance of Don Krieg's ship.
Tomorrow will be again a break to read Manga Volume 13 and see you all on Friday!
Episode 23: "Protect Baratié! The Great Pirate, Red Foot Zeff!"
Anime logic: Even if you haven't eaten anything for several days or even weeks, eating and drinking one meal will instantly revive you and make you fully capable of fighting again.
Again, we have an episode that is more focuses on talking rather than action. We learn more about the history of Zeff, why he and Sanji give people on the verge of starvation something to eat inspite of them attacking them afterwards, why Don Krieg and his crew are in the shape they are in etc.. All of this is certainly interesting to listen to and does not make this episode boring, but very enjoyable to watch.
And of course, the episode ends on the appearance of the first Samurai of the Sea, "Hawk Eye" Mihawk. But more on him tomorrow.
One manga difference is a scene between Yosaku, Johnny and Nami on the boat where the former discuss what is currently happening while Nami looks at a Wanted poster in their hand which ends with a "hilarious" joke of Johnny and Yosaku accidentally tripping and kissing each other (unfortunately, it did not cause them to choke to death).
Otherwise, the usual extension of making scenes longer than they should be which we have come to know from this.
Episode 24: "Hawk-Eye Mihawk! The Great Swordsman Zoro Falls At Sea!"
RIP unnamed sword No. 1 and No. 2. While you did not have a name, I am sure you were useful partners for Zoro during this first part of his life using the Three-Sword Style. Your service will never be forgotten.
This episode is a wonderful one, thanks mostly to Dracule Mihawk. His design, his voice, his character...just a great introduction to one of the Seven Samurai and, with high probability, Zoro's final enemy in the whole series. And since he is not as overused as other characters, one does look forward to his appearances. Also love his growing respect for Zoro during the course of the fight, calling Zoro "weak one" at first, going over to "strong one" and finally paying his respects by calling him by his name, not to mention dealing the final blow with his real weapon.
This is also probably one of the most important lessons for Zoro so far, seeing how far he is from being the world's strongest swordsman, how he'd rather die than give up his ambition and how close he has grown to Luffy that he even considers the possibility that Luffy is disappointed that he is not the world's strongest swordsman. Finally, it ends on Zoro's vow that until he meets Mihawk again, he will not lose ever again (although I think that pledge got broken a few times in the future). Nice also that the final attack Zoro uses seems to have evolved up until this day.
Also helping is the music, the animation (well, except a few lazy parts in the Zoro vs. Mihawk)...only downfall is Johnny and Yosaku as usual (really wished Luffy would have let them go to get sliced up by Mihawk).
All in all, just an almost perfect episode.
Major difference is that to extend the episode runtime, they replayed a few clips from Zoro's flashback. But otherwise no deviations from the manga.
Post by Johnny B. Decent on Aug 26, 2017 21:39:25 GMT -5
Here's an interesting tidbit Oda just revealed:
Oda: I haven't finished ONE PIECE yet despite the 20-year-serialization. The main reason is these guys (Shichibukai). At first, I intended to finish ONE PIECE in 5 years. It was supposed to be a story to fight against pirates called Yonkou. However, I came up with the idea of Shichibukai... I just thought, "It would be badass if these characters showed up". Then as you can see, it caused this long serialization!!
Why didn't I make them Gobukai or Nibukai!! (TN: "Go" means 5, "Ni" means 2 and "Shichi" as in Shichibukai means 7 in Japanese. In short, Oda is saying he should have reduced the number of Shichibukai.) I thought 7 was a cool number!! That being said, I don't regret it since I drew what I wanted. ...I'm regretting a bit!!
Fascinating that Oda originally planned for One Piece to last 5 years...and he still managed to uphold a strong continuity for that amount of time.
Episode 25: "The Deadly Foot Technique Bursts Forth! Sanji vs. The Invincible Pearl!"
Pearl: "I was never hurt in a fight, did not even shed a single drop of blood." Me: "You can run THAT fast?"
Pearl is another one of those lame East Blue commanders. Personally, I think it was not until Baroque Works that the field commanders became anything to write home about. Mohji, Cabaji, the Meowban Brothers, Jango...Not exactly villains to remember. And Pearl is just so forgettable that only a handicap on Sanji makes him anything of a threat.
Now the fight for the Baratié begins in earnest with everyone getting their time to shine in this one. Luffy, Krieg, the cooks, Sanji, Patty & Carne...yet it all feels a bit ho-hum this time around. Maybe it is because they had to follow the Mihawk episode and just could not deliver anything close to that level. One cannot feel the same level of excitement the last one built up.
It is still neat to finally see Sanji use his foot techniques in the open, showing that Zeff taught him well. Also nice touch going into Patty & Carne's reason for why they want to protect the Baratié. Nice little glimmers in a a sea of mediocrity.
Difference I could find: -The (extended) flashback to Patty & Carne's appearance at the Baratié originally came at the wrap-up part of the Don Krieg Arc. While the manga only had one panel of them introducing themselves, here it goes into a little more detail. -Spliced in between the episode are already some flashbacks from Sanji's past, giving us a hint about tomorrow's episode.
Episode 26: "Sanji And Zeff's Dream! The Illusory All Blue!"
This episode contains perhaps the most famous of the manga -> anime changes, also fitting in with the two other changes I mentioned back in Episode 4 and 7.
Manga: After rescuing Sanji and getting stranded on the rock formation, Zeff gives Sanji all the food that was drifted there. To survive, Zeff uses a rock to cut his left leg off and use it as nourishment during his stay on the rock.
Anime: While diving into the water to rescue Sanji, Zeff gets his left leg stuck inbetween the debris of the ships sunk by the storm. To get himself out, he ties an anchor chain around his leg and lets the stormy water tides take care of the rest, pulling the anchor straight and letting the chain rip his left leg off after which he can save Sanji.
What this has in common with the other two episodes mentioned above, is that I think the anime makers had a problem with self-mutilation, i.e. characters intentionally hurting themselves to look cool, tough (although in Zeff's case, it is a bit different). They probably did not want to be responsible for angry parents calling them for their child having given himself scars or poking into open wounds after watching One Piece. After this, if I remember correctly, Oda did not do as much of that stuff anymore, probably to avoid any further altercations with the anime staff.
Apart from that, this episode is a real toughie. Don't get me wrong, it is a very good episode and brings Sanji's past beautifully across...despite it leaving many things that were in the manga.
Among the many differences are: -Zeff punishing a member of his pirate crew for stealing food from the cruise ship which is a big no-no for him. -Sanji's first twenty days on the rock are presented in more detail including an episode where in a heavy rainstorm, he sees a ship coming but because he is unable to light a fire in the storm, the ship does not see him despite him shouting as loud as he can. -We never actually see a ship coming to save Sanji and Zeff. In the manga, its just one panel "90 days later" with a pic of a ship anchored at the rock formation and the ship's crew talking about finding two barely alive bodies there.
While it may seem rushed, Young Sanji's and Zeff's VA, the music, the sounds etc. help a lot in making the anime version as effective as the manga version and make Sanji's past one of the more memorable backstory episodes of the Strawhat crews.
Fun fact: Young Sanji is voiced by Ikue Otani who would later become a series regular by becoming the voice of the sixth Strawhat member, Tony Tony Chopper.
The All Blue...almost forgot about that one later during my first go of the series (since it does not get mentioned so often).
Anyway, the episode ends with Luffy angrily destroying one of the restaurant's fins. What caused this? Stay tuned for tomorrow to find out!
What a twist! Ghin, who we until this point thought to be just a lowly henchman in Don Krieg's fleet, is actually second-in-command, even above Pearl!
I think this episode shows though what my biggest problem with Ghin is. He is talked up by the other Krieg pirates to be this cold-hearted, ruthless killer void of any feelings...which the previous episodes did not exactly put a solid foundation on. And then we should believe a simple act of kindness like Sanji did is enough to make him become a crying wreck? Have to extend my suspension of disbelief a bit hard for that one to sink in.
Still, his weapons, the "skewered dumplings" (citation Sanji), are pretty cool and he has a neat little fight with Sanji (although I think if Sanji were at full health at this point, he would have no problem with Ghin).
Otherwise, this episode is mainly remarkable for Luffy's outburst at Sanji due to him throwing the life that Zeff saved needlessly away and Don Krieg revealing his poison gas weapon, MH5 (maybe an invention by Caesar Crown, who knows?).
All in all, a decent episode.
Manga differences include: -Luffy remembering Shanks' sacrifice when he scolds Sanji for his behaviour. -A part of the episode is a flashback to Sanji's good treatment of Ghin a few episodes ago. -I don't know at which part this happens in the manga, but Don Krieg shoots off a fake MH5 bomb (actually a bomb containing lots of sharp metal sticks etc. that hurts Luffy) before firing off the real thing this time. So, the anime actually cut out something from the manga.
Episode 28: "I Won't Die! Fierce Battle, Luffy vs. Krieg!"
Take a shot everytime these guys appear on screen during the episode:
Chances are you won't make it past this episode alive because you will have died from alcohol poisoning.
While the actual fighting portions between Luffy and Krieg are pretty good (since Krieg actually packs quite the interesting array of weapons and the ship wreckage provides a decent setting for the fight), the episode suffers because most of it is either the fighting cooks or Krieg's pirates commenting on the action etc. like they are in a Dragonball Z episode. Add to that them repeating the last three minutes of the episode and you get an episode that feels slooooooow.
Still, not all is bad. The dialogue between Sanji and Zeff regarding Luffy is awesome and as mentioned, the actual fighting portions between Luffy and Krieg are quite good.
Differences: -Just noticed that Zeff's wooden leg is still intact. Originally in the manga, when Ghin put him down, he did this by breaking Zeff's wooden leg which explains why Zeff does not play a big part in this part of the Krieg Arc anymore. In the manga, its because his wooden leg is destroyed but in the anime, it just seems like he is content to just watch.
Episode 29: "Conclusion Of The Deadly Battle! A Spear Of Blind Determination!"
And so the fight between Luffy and Don Krieg comes to an end with a pretty awesome attack by Luffy, the Gum-Gum Giant Gavel! And its only a foreshadowing of the awesome final attack that will come in the next arc.
The lead-up to this was also a continuation of a pretty good second half of the Krieg/Luffy fight with Luffy managing to break his Mighty Battle Spear and his steel armor but Krieg not giving up and pulling some aces out of his sleeve.
Lots of wrap-up talking in this one and I still wonder if we will see maybe Ghin again someday. Would not put it past Oda to let him appear again.
All in all a good episode that ends on a kicker note with a look at Nami reminiscing about somebody named Bellemere. I wonder who that is?
One major difference from the manga version is Sanji's rescue of Luffy from the depths of the ocean which we did not see in the manga. Here we see in detail Sanji coming to his aid intersprinkled with flashbacks to Luffy and Zoro in this arc which had a deep impact on Sanji, culminating in him having a vision of the All Blue when going up to the surface.
Episode 30: "Set Sail! The Seafaring Cook Takes Off With Luffy!"
I dunno why but I kinda consider the group of Luffy, Zoro, Nami, Usopp and Sanji to be the core Strawhat Group. Might be because all of them joined before they went to the Grand Line, that they will have an awesome moment together later in this saga or I am most familiar with them since during my first two tries to watch One Piece I always stopped at a point before they met Chopper...I don't know. But I kinda feel about them the strongest.
So, the Don Krieg Arc ends with Sanji joining the Straw Hat Pirates and setting off to rejoin the others. This is a rather subdued and quiet episode which is definitely appreciated after the previous ones. It has some humor with it due to Patty and Carne, some somber moments with Sanji and Zeff reminiscing about their time together and ultimately ends with the emotional farewell ceremony where everybody lets their tears roam free (and Sanji and Zeff don't call each other "damn brat" and "damn geezer"). To me, this is really the first emotional farewell the anime does (Usopp's disbanding of the Usopp Pirates was more of a first try at it) and it does it well although the novelty has worn off a bit after having watched it a few times.
Only downer in this ep is the return of one of the idiot members (Yosaku should have just just told Luffy where Nami went and then let himself be gracefully eaten by the shark).
But all in all, a worthy wrap-up to the Don Krieg arc.
Differences from the manga: -a small scene where Zeff offers Luffy his logbook of his time in the Grand Line which Luffy declines. -the flashbacks to Zeff's and Sanji's time during the first days of the Baratié are shown in more detail (this is also in the manga where we get how Patty and Carne came to work at the Baratié) -of course the flashbacks to Sanji and Zeff's past (probably to stretch the episode a bit).
Tomorrow will be another breakt to read Manga Issue 14 and I'll be back on Sunday to start the IMHO best arc in the whole East Blue Saga.
Episode 31: "The Worst Man In The Eastern Seas! Fishman Pirate Arlong!"
And soeth begins the best arc in the East Blue Saga IMHO, mostly for Nami's backstory which I'll come to when the time comes.
Another contribution is Arlong who is perhaps the most despicable villain introduced up until that point. What makes him that more vile is the racism towards humans he portrays that perhaps rings a certain tone with me as a German. It just adds to me wanting to see him get beaten up so bad which makes him the perfect villain in my book.
The other fishmen we didn't get to see much of except for Hachi who appears to be a bit slow and goofy.
Also think this is the first time that Oda introduces a trademark of his...giving villains a distinct laugh (in this case Arlong and Navy Colonel Nezumi). At that point used only irregularly, this would become more pronounced as the series went on.
Also got a bit of exposition thrown our way courtesy of Yosaku (perhaps the most useful thing he's ever done in his life): -The three powers that keep the balance in the Grand Line (although only one is named here). -The Seven Samurai (or Seven Warlords Of The Sea according to the Crunchyroll dub) and their role. -Namedrop of Fishman Island and Jimbei, one of the Seven Warlords...names we will come back to far, far, far, faaaaaaaar down the line at this point.
This episode runs a pretty good gamut of exposition, humor (with Usopp, Zoro and the dead weight that's with them; also Luffy's drawings of the fishmen) and drama (Nami intercepting that kid in front of Arlong's base, reveal of Nami as one of the Fishmen field commanders), making it a pretty good start to the arc.
Differences from the manga: -Additional scene of Sanji preparing the food for Luffy and Yosaku as well as the dinner they have before Moomoo shows up. -Originally in the manga, the woman that saves Usopp immediately recognizes that he is not a fishman when she keeps that kid from attacking him. Here, she thinks he is a fishman at first which is why she keeps the kid from attacking him. -Additional scene of the woman distracting the pursuing fishman from following them.
Episode 32: "Witch Of Cocoyashi Village! Arlong's Female Leader!"
Huh. So that's what a sea cow looks like. Always thought they looked different.
Interesting structure in this one as in we get the Luffy, Sanji and Yosaku parts as a short of bookends to the main episode part which takes place in Cocoyashi Village.
Lots of further details are brought up here like the girl who saved Usopp being revealed as Nami's adopted sister Nojiko and Nami appearing to not be as cold-hearted as one would think her to be (as seen by her freeing Zoro from his fishmen captivity), so that ep is already peaking curiosity in that regard.
We also meet Gen-san, a weird guy with scars all over his body and a pinwheel on his hat. What a weird thing to have, could not have any deeper meaning to it.
Also going deeper into Arlong's racism and how he truly looks down upon on humans, killing a whole village if even only one person cannot pay. Speaking of payment, we also learn the reason why Nami wants to earn so much money: so that she can buy the village (who appear to ostracise her for being affiliated with Arlong).
So, yeah, a decent episode with some humor (mostly Usopp's antics and Luffy/Sanji's fight against Moomoo) and also some tense scenes that does good in building up this arc further.
Differences from the manga: -While Moomoo simply shows up in one panel, here we get a build-up scene watching Luffy, Sanji and Yosaku enjoying a meal together (with Luffy's usual antics of not caring where on a plate something is as long as his stomach gets full) before Moomoo shows up.