One Piece - Season 10 - Episode 458 - Review: "A Special Retrospective Before Marineford! Assemble!"

The special retrospective series continues, unsurprisingly at this point, as we get more things that help to flesh out the world and cast in general before moving on to the next thing. We've had a couple of episodes focusing on the Straw Hats we haven't seen outside of the movie side story about thirty episodes ago which was pretty darn awful. These haven't been bad but they've definitely felt weak overall even if you're only mildly familiar with the world. The single character stories should have had their own full episodes instead of half episodes so they could really give each of them some time to have fun and do something a bit more involved.

This episode does a fair amount of flashbacks to it with a bit of new animation mixed into it. The goal here is to talk about who may be some critical characters in the upcoming arc so that we can get reacquainted with them. It firsts focuses on the Warlords of the Sea, such as Bartholomew Kuma who had been the one to send the Straw Hats scattered across the seas to different lands. Having just read that chapter in the manga, it was nice to see it even briefly in animated form. Mihawk has a bit of time spent as well as we see him use his intense powers to destroy ships with his Hawk-Eye as he goes up against Zoro for the first time. Less familiar is the Thriller Bark arc characters which I haven't gotten to yet and Boa Hancock. I've only read Hancock's introduction in the manga but haven't seen how close she and Luffy have gotten, though it's good to see the recap of their first meeting here to see her being so dramatic as well as seeing her sisters.

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