Episode of Sabo ~Bond of Three Brothers: A Miraculous Reunion and an Inherited Will~
エピソードオブサボ 〜3兄弟の絆 奇跡の再会と受け継がれる意志〜
Episōdo obu Sabo ~San-Kyoudai no Kizuna: Kiseki no Saikai to Uketsugareru Ishi~
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Rating: 😀 😀 😀 😀 🙂 (4 & 1/2 out of 5 grins)
I was so excited the moment this TV Special was first announced. I stalked the ONE PIECE website almost everyday, awaiting for more teasers and information. I read tweets from fellow fans and eagerly discussed it with them. Ah, those were good times.
Our discussions mostly consisted of the things that we wanted the TV Special to include. Of course we knew that since this was another “Episode of” TV Special, we shouldn’t be expecting much original material or any new information that was not already known from the main series. But we still couldn’t help ourselves from speculating.
What I Was Hoping To Be Shown. . .
1. Sabo’s Relationship With Monkey D. Dragon
I already knew from the start that this was hopeless at this stage of the story, but I still hoped with all my might that this TV Special might give even just a hint of Sabo’s relationship with Luffy’s father, Dragon. Dragon is one of the most mysterious characters in the series, and I can’t wait to know more about him, his past, and the way he runs the Revolutionary Army.
2. Sabo’s Battle Techniques
We already saw his Dragon Claw in the main series, so I was hoping that the TV Special would show some new moves.
3. What Kind of Life Did He Live?
I wanted to know how his life went after he “died” at Goa Kingdom, and then taken under Dragon’s wing.
Unfortunately for me, all of these hopes went unanswered. But that’s alright, I guess.
When I Finally Watched It. . .
I planned my schedule ahead of time, so that I could watch the special without any interruptions. The day of its broadcast, I couldn’t contain my excitement. I felt like a kid, and it was glorious.
I was literally bouncing on my seat as I watched the opening sequence. It barely started and I was already crying. Honestly. It made me remember Ace.
I miss Ace!!!!!!!!
I already said this before, but I’m going to say it again. Ace’s death was gut-wrenching, but I honestly think that it was a genius move by Oda-sensei. It made the series so much better and made every action of the Straw Hat Pirates afterwards all the more significant. I think that Ace became a much greater figure when he died. His death cemented him a legendary status whose influence still reverberates throughout the entire series.
Just a Tiny Little Bit Disappointed. . .
lt saddens me to say this, but even my humongous love for ONE PIECE couldn’t prevent me from feeling just a teeny-tiny bit disappointed.
It Was Too Soon To Make an Episode of Sabo TV Special
It’s exciting that a TV Special was made for Sabo, but I think it was too soon. His character is not yet well-developed in the main series, so there’s very limited information available for a satisfying TV Special. But I still love him, and I still love ONE PIECE, so even if I’m a bit disappointed, I still rated this highly. I just wished that TOEI waited a little bit more before they decided to create a TV Special about Sabo.
But I still LOVE IT!
Nevertheless, I LOVE this TV Special. But of course you have to take into account that I’m super biased towards ONE PIECE, as I’m a huge fan. I think that even if they make a crappy story with the characters, I’ll still say that I love it. Unfortunately, I’m not the most reliable and the most objective critic when it comes to any ONE PIECE works. But I don’t care. What’s important to me is that I was entertained. I really don’t care much about what other people think, much less get influenced by what others say about this special.
How about you? Have you watched this ONE PIECE TV Special yet? If so, what did you think about it? If not, what in the world are you still waiting for?
ONE PIECE Official Website (Japanese)
Weekly Shounen Jump’s ONE PIECE Manga Official Web Portal (Japanese)
ONE PIECE on Toei Animation (Japanese)
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