The special will revisit the childhood past of the three sworn brothers Luffy, Ace, and Sabo, when they all dreamed of becoming pirates. In addition, it will depict how Sabo originally came into the kingdom of Dressrosa (which was not depicted in Eiichiro Oda's original manga or the television anime), as well as his reunion with Luffy from his point of view.
One Piece episode of Sabo... Overall I enjoyed it, but definitely have some complaints.
For a special called episode of Sabo, there really wasn't enough Sabo. Like, the majority of the special is the Dressrosa arc in hyper-speed or something, and most of it just feels like padding. Counting all the new material this probably wouldn't have even been 15 minutes long...
As I just mentioned, the pacing is way too fast, and full of stuff that's really irrelevant to what most of us want. Like the Law, Fuji, and Doffy bits felt so slapped in there.
Again, another issue with the pacing is some stuff felt
really... not so impactful. Luffy's reunion with Sabo, Sabo's fight in the Colosseum, Luffy and Chinjao etc. The anime did all of those scenes much better.
The animation and art is... not as good as I'd hoped. I wouldn't say it was bad, but some parts were clearly better done than others. Some Toei art quirks are in here too.
Too much of it was recycled content. I know there's obviously not much canonical material to pull from and all but still.
Overall, and this is probably gonna be an unpopular opinion, but this really felt like a cash in on Sabo's crazy popularity right now. I didn't hate the special or anything, I love Sabo too and seeing more of him was definitely a treat. It's just I really don't feel like what Toei did here was necessary at all. If you don't care for Sabo, don't bother. If you're a diehard Sabo fan, give it a watch because the sliver of new content was definitely enjoyable.
I was really disappointed by this special. They marketed it as a special about Sabo with "content never seen before in the anime/manga." This is about as far as you can get from that, being almost entirely recap of Dressrosa with a couple new scenes from Sabo's perspective. That's it.
What I really wanted was some sort of side story featuring Sabo and some of the other revolutionaries like Koala and Hack. They could've done a continuation of Robin's separation story in Tequila Wolf and had them do some sort of mission together. I don't care if it ends up being non-canon, it's not a whole
lot different in concept than 3D2Y was, and that was also non-canon. It doesn't even have to be something like that, just anything other than this would be good. Why would you market it as something unique and new when it's literally the furthest possible thing from that?
What they did was cash in on the hype about Sabo. A lot of Sabo fans might disagree with that, but as a Sabo fan myself I'm just being honest. We were promised something and we got the exact opposite of what we were promised. That's not cool.
Great, enjoyable movie. An special all about one of my favourite characters Sabo. The updated animation on the dressrosa scenes are really well done. However it seems like there was much too content to fit into one film and as a result seemed like it would be a bit confusing to people not watching at some points and let some characters have very few scenes still it was very enjoyable overall
OP Episode of Sabo focuses on 2 main things:
1. The childhood memories of the legendary 3 brothers.
2. The Dressrosa Arc until Sabo gets the Mera Mero no Mi.
So, if you want to re-visit the captivating and heart touching moments of Luffy, Ace and Sabo's life and also want a recap of Dressrosa with respect to Sabo's point of view, you will definitely enjoy it.
Of course the story of Sabo's return is great but at this point it's nothing new for the One Piece fans. Still, its feel nice to go through it again with Sabo's face fully exposed during the whole episode. xD
follows mostly the same art style as in TV series.
The background sound is a bit light but when it comes to main events or scenes, it's the same as in TV series.
The same as main series with the focus on the deep love bond between the 3 brothers in just a single episode.
Worth watching and definitely enjoyable if you are following One Piece properly.
On the whole, this episode may mostly be based on the re-telling of the re-union between Luffy and Sabo. But it also depicts some situations from a different angle. It's full of nice old memories and worth a shot.