After two years of training, the Straw Hats reunited at Sabaody Archipelago. Getting past the Fish-Man Island, they finally made it to the final sea – the New World. At Punk Hazard Island, they met again with Trafalgar Law, forming a pact to oppose the Four Warlords. The crew entered Dressrosa, the country ruled with an iron fist by Doflamingo. As a struggle for independence spread across the island, Luffy was reunited with Sabo, whom he had thought to be dead…
I meant to create this review earlier after I finished the special episode but I got preoccupied. This will have minor spoilers but it will also be very short.
In this special episode, we get to see the behind the scene action of what was going on Dressrosa as we see through the eyes of Sabo. Sabo is the second oldest brother of Monkey D. Luffy and Portgas D. Ace. The story begins with Sabo and his teammates Koala and the karate Fishman Hack in the island Dressrosa on hoping to find some weapons that are being secretly sent. Around the same time, the Luffy-Law (or Straw Hat-Heart pirate) Alliance arrive to the island to stop the SAD factory and foil Doflamingo’s trickery.
I am not give away the story and I will discuss on how the anime presented. The anime makes a habit of switching back and forth from Sabo and to the story’s plot. The anime also offers flashback moments from Ace’s execution in the Marinefold arc to Sabo’s backstory.
This anime special was really interesting and I was kinda about what and where was Sabo at when Luffy and friends were on their mission. Watching the flashbacks and backstory were also great as well and it helps us understand how it affects not only Luffy but Sabo. However, I will admit, I was sorta disappointed on this episode because I felt that this was just a rushed half version of the Dressrosa arc with little screen time of Sabo.
Just like Fujinsei’s review, when I first heard about this episode, I thought we were going to get more information about Sabo after his disappearance and his connection with Luffy’s father Dragon. I wanted to know what kind of training he went through and learn more about his activities in the Revolutionary Army. Still, I did not let these questions get the best of me and I also believe that we might have to be patient until Oda-sensei adds more details in the manga.
This episode was really entertaining and filled with some awesome fight moments. Sabo’s actions in Dressrosa was my center of attention throughout this adventure and I wish it continued more. However, this episode may not appeal all since this is a edited version of the Dressrosa arc and it only reaches half way through the story. Either way, it’s a great episode and if you are One Piece fan, you will surely enjoy it. The ending song was also addicting; the ending song is “Liberator” and performed by Goodbye Holiday. What do you think about this episode? Comment below.
Ace’s power still lives on!