One Piece has certainly always had its odd moments throughout the years and the introduction of Bon Clay oh so many years ago really makes that apparent. When he first did his ballet steps across the screen, you know he was going to be different. One Piece has quirky characters, odd designs and at times really does move to the beat of a different drummer. With this episode though, they push it up a couple of notches where I'm really just sitting there wondering, well, why?
The search for Ivankov has led Bon Clay and Luffy to Level 5.5 where prisoners have been 'taken' by the mysterious force that permeates the Impel Down prison at times and has been attributed to demons. Everyone here, particularly in the open bar where we see everything, is happy and having a party that seems like it must go on forever. It's pure cabaret style material with dancing guys and girls, massive amounts of make-up and a lifestyle dedicated to enjoying the moment. All of it is provided by Ivankov, the biggest drag queen in the place (literally) and Bon Clay really can't believe his eyes. Ivankov has quite the gift with medicine and its application though as there's a sequence where a pirate arrives wanting revenge on him for Ivankov's turning his father gay. What does Ivankov do? He injects him with a medicine that turns the pirate from a big muscle bound guy into a petite tiny girl, complete with all his clothes falling off of him.
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