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One Piece episode 1087 is a return to form for the series at least in terms of its content focus.
Once upon a time, One Piece featured high-ranking pirates running around causing chaos. The frequency of such motifs has lessened over the past few years during our extended stay in Wano country. However, as our horizons expand again, we see many of the conflicts that typify the setting: powerful outlaws facing each other with out-of-control superpowers in a Search for power and treasure. Aside from the opening scene in Wano, most of the episode takes place in this space.
For 1087, we have Blackbeard and Boa Hancock back in the spotlight. As often happens in a series with a cast list that runs into thousands of territories: your enjoyment will vary depending on your level of connection with the person in the spotlight. Personally, I love both Blackbeard and Boa as characters–they’re great villains with iconic looks, awesome powers, and swagger of their own. Seeing them face off is one of the moments I look forward to.
It’s interesting how their particular battle plays out. This feels like a typical high-level fight between titans whose abilities have passed the blow-by-blow stage and are all-or-nothing abilities. Boa had just eliminated Blackbeard’s entire crew and navy from the fray. Meanwhile, Blackbeard is able to neutralize her powers but without her, he cannot free his crew. It contrasts with Kaido and Luffy’s confrontation, where hundreds of blows were exchanged, replaced by determination and high damage. In my opinion, the good thing is that I’m backing Hancock to win (I should be me, folks).
In addition, Koby and Helmeppo are also there. I… am not amused by their additions to this conflict. I’ve never really been the biggest fan of Koby even though I don’t hate him or anything. He just fulfills a need in the story and I understand that intellectually but I’m not that impressed with him emotionally. I feel like his presence here is the same: he acts as the Navy/World Government representative for this battle, and Helmeppo is there too. They do get a great comedic rhythm with the pan showing Helmeppo being turned to stone, but that’s about it.
PX Pacifista is a big reveal in the sense that it bears a striking resemblance to King and we’re expanding the idea of what Pacficista could be. There’s not much to go on right now so we’ll see how it goes. If nothing else, that sword slash animation is a blast and we also get some great expression work from Koby.
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