Enter Nightmare Luffy!
One Piece returns this episode with only Nami, Usopp and Zoro standing. The episode starts off with Zoro and Usopp trying to take down Oz and Moria one last time. Zoro signals to Usopp that he will create an opening. Usopp knows what to do and gets the Kuwagata ready with Nami standing there confused.
Zoro attacks and is defeated by a strong kick from Oz, but is successful in creating an opening for Usopp to fire the bag of salt into Oz’s mouth. Usopp’s fires the bag of salt and gets it directly into Oz’s mouth. But to everybody’s suprise, Moria had already planted his shadow, Doppelman, to guard Oz’s only weak point.
As Oz is saved, he is ordered to crush Usopp and Nami as well as all the other injured Strawhat Pirates. When all hope is lost, Luffy appears at the last moment to save Nami and Usopp from the blows of Oz. But to their suprise, he isn’t the same.
Luffy, now known as Nightmare Luffy, begins to fight Oz and completely annihilates him. We get to see the effect of the shadows on Luffy and how his strength has increased drastically. Moria is now under pressure as he his powerless without Oz’s strength. Luffy not only targets Oz but also directly attacks Moria as well.
After landing a very powerful attack, Oz and Moria crash into a mansion and fall unconscious. The shadows from Luffy start to leave but it was enough time to defeat Oz and save the Strawhat Pirates. The Rolling Pirates are also shown rejoicing that their time on Thriller Bark has finally ended.
Overall, the episode was good but not as epic as it could have been. It was one of the better episodes than the other Oz fighting episodes. Nightmare Luffy was animated beautifully and so were his attacks. Not much of a plot-driven episode, but the audience was introduced to some new attacks, such as Zoro’s “Yaksha Crow” and Nightmare Luffy’s “Storm”. The animation quality was better than most One Piece episodes and the episode was a nice set up for the end of this arc.
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