I’m… not going.  It’s got nothing to do with me any more.  Right?  If we keep going, we’ll end up in direct confrontation with the World Government… I don’t want to be a part of that… and you’ll be regrouping with Luffy and the others, right…!?  After saying what I said in front of everyone… I can’t possibly rejoin you guys!!!  I’m grateful for what Robin did… but it’s not my duty to save her!!!  I left your group already!!  Good bye.
—  Usopp

“No matter what happens, don’t be sorry you were born. Even though nobody praises us, don’t forget to smile in any situation. As long as you’re alive there will be better things later…and there will be many”~Belle-mere mega-lucaria

204: "The Gold and Waver Recovery Operations!"

Sorry about last night’s review! I forgot I had to go to a charity fundraiser thing. Not to worry, though. Today’s write-up is here! ^_^

Even if I hadn’t been warned already, I can tell this arc is creeping ever closer to the end. Inspector Shepherd-Condoriano is on the loose, intent on capturing the Strawhats and Commander Jonathan has finally come out into the open in a clever twist I was not expecting!

My favourite parts?

  • Watching Usopp come into his own at the beginning of the episode. As the Strawhats were about to charge off and confront the Marines of Navarone, Usopp told them to hold up. He could not believe they were seriously about to rush in like headless chickens without a strategy. With a flash of real leadership, Usopp managed to calm them all down and asked some pretty pertinent quetions: namely, where exactly was the gold being kept and where had Nami’s waver gone. That established, Usopp split the Strawhats into groups. The gold retrieval squad comprised Luffy, Zoro, Robin and Usopp. The waver retrieval squad was composed of Nami and Sanji (which pleased Sanji, haha). Poor Chopper was left behind again to guard the Merry all on his own, but through Usopp I learned an important lesson: you can get Chopper to do anything if you tell him what a wonderful doctor he is! xD Usopp did pretty well there managing all the Strawhats. Props to him.
  • No one wants to eat Jessica’s gross food. xD
  • Observing the marked contrast the anime team have been laying on thick between Commander Jonathan and Inspector Shepherd-Condoriano. One one hand you have the snotty, power-hungry Shepherd prowling dark corridors, muttering to himself, swearing revenge and vowing to shut down Navarone. On the other hand, you have the approachable, laid-back Commander Jonathan who invites his deputies into his office to finish off his wife’s gross food so he doesn’t have to. You have Shepherd who, intent on capturing the Strawhats himself, risks the well-being of the Marines under his care by ordering the Stan Malay be readied despite the ship not being seaworthy and half the crew being holed up in the infirmary. On the other hand, you have Commander Jonathan, who, when his sergeant informs him that everyone and their gran on the base wants to join the fight against the Strawhats, tells his sergeant that absolutely no new recruits are to fight and that any regular troops wishing to volunteer are on surveillance duty only. Jonathan cares about his men, knows how strong the Strawhats are and doesn’t want anyone hurt. A marked contrast to Condoriano, the limp dick.
  • Sanji acting like all his dreams had come true at once when he was crossing the water in the rowboat with Nami. xD
  • The entire scene when the Gold Retrieval Team broke into the vault. I always love seeing Usopp’s AAAAAAH in action and there was some pretty good music that caught my ear round about 16:00 in when the Marines were sneaking after the Strawhats (if anyone knows where to find it, I’d love to know!) Yet again, Usopp was critical to the success of the entire operation. His knowledge of How Things Work enabled him to step into Bilbo’s Nami’s role as burglar and crack the safe. With Robin defending him from falling machinery and Luffy and Zoro on offense, everything should have gone without a hitch…
  • … except that the only gold in the damned vault was on Commander Jonathan’s uniform. I actually cheered when I saw him standing inside, leaning casually on the rail, like, “Did you really think it would be that easy?”

For a moment, honestly, I really did. xD

Which idiot is that again? xD



“You guys make me feel so alive!” 

It’s never too late to celebrate, yohohoho! Also, thank you to Usopp’s makeup/artist skills.