Shinobinomi said: These last 2 episodes are just like those before the timeskip with the crew still together.
The crew bickering with eachother, Nami looting for treasure, Zoro calling Sanji with mocking nicknames, Brook wanting to see panties and Usopp trying to talk some sense to the other guys.
It took 3/4(?) slow arcs to get to this point, but were finally here. This is what One Piece is about. The Straw Hats being pirates.
Great episode, your typical one piece episode which i love, with all the great characters.
Pacing has been the same for quite some time now. It was slow in Alabaster arc, it was slow during skypiae, during enies lobby and during thriller bark. It's been slow most of the epic time. The fact is probably that people who complain about pacing could marathon those arcs, just like me.
Great episode, seeing Chopper's Kung Fu point animated, albeit short, was pretty neat. Although I was pretty surprised in the manga when it was presented, I wouldn't have thought that new point of his would have made him so burly and big. But I'm not complaining.
Zoro's dialogue was excellent. Love how he refers to his fellow crewmates lol. Princess Shirahoshi was tolerable in the manga, but seeing her crybaby antics in the anime are a little grating. It'll wear off though.
As for the pacing of the episodes, I really wouldn't complain. I'd rather have a slower moving plotline that covers things well than to have potential fillers down the line.
This is one of the few times that Zoro has shown a lot of smarts rather than just relying upon his strength. In the past it has been Nami or Sanji who have come up the sharpest. I guess that Zoro's 2 years of training included more than just sword fighting.