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One Piece episode 1086 resets the board and updates the score before the next adventure in all the right ways.
I live for these episodes. Of course, there’s a skeptical point of view—every sign does the same setup. Big battle, big party, set sail, update bounties. At this point, it’s all a bit normal and a more uncomfortable look might consider it padding. In their most abbreviated form, these bounty updates are an act of bookkeeping, dryly adding zeros and commas to imaginary values.
I think most of the fandom has loved these episodes precisely because of their regularity. No matter how crazy or epic One Piece gets, every part comes to the same conclusion in this wanted poster ritual. Bounties are updated and we learn how the World Government views the Straw Hats’ latest escapades. This reminds us that these events are not just specific to the specific island where they take place, but also have an impact on the wider world. The actions of Luffy and his crew have ripple effects—even in the realm of figures and tally marks on distant shores. Copyright infringement is not a silent problem in this context.
It also serves as a way to refocus the audience on the crew, especially after a long take. It’s been many moons since the entire Straw Hat crew was in one place and it was nice to see them back on the Thousand Sunny and just being together. This leads to all the fun character moments we cherish: Chopper and Usopp are distraught for different reasons, Robin beams and hands out cotton candy, and Sanji and Zoro bicker: here that’s a good thing. Jinbei receives the first Straw Hat-branded wanted poster that is actually a series first, and it’s an exciting moment.
Plus, we get all the fun Cross Guild content. Oh, Buggy. Buggy Buggy Buggy. You can’t stop failing, right? God’s silliest clown (just like me). Crocodile and Mihawk make the perfect counterpoint to Buggy’s disastrous defeat, and he pairs well with their sadly serious power. Even if Cross Guild was just an occasional joke, I’d still be happy, but I hope they get a lot of attention in the future for our sake.
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