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Woops, I just saw you're up to chapter 582. My bad. ^^U
You can still take that as my personal, sincere opinion though.
Just read your blog on Impel Down.
As a die-hard One Piece fan I can say that the Impel Down arc lost way too much brilliance in the anime adaptation, and that's mainly because they try to drag it out so much. You only follow the anime, right? In the manga you won't get those overly repeated Ivankov jokes or those frequent, filler-like Buggy + 3 bits no one cares about. Nor extremely overextended ''fights'' of looking at each other and recapitulating things that happened a moment ago. Everything is far more comprised to the awesome and it leaves literally no room for dragged out, dumb stuff, which the anime version had a plenty.
And I think The War arc will have pretty much the same problem. I'm still not watching it (I stopped right after episode 458 so that I could marathon through it, since I loved the arc SO MUCH in the manga but had to suffer from weekly releases). BUT, I did take a peek at the end of episode 478 just to see where they were. Oh god. The worst has happened. The producers are doing a 20 minutes animated episode out of each 17 pages chapter (and with lots of double pages and not much text, mind you). So I guess they're dragging things out WAY TOO MUCH.
These things make me sad. The manga is great, but the anime is getting obnoxious as of late and people start to dislike One Piece because of that (I don't mean you, but plenty of other viewers). I'm sure you wouldn't have thought near as badly of the Impel Down arc had you read it instead of watching it. 95% Awesomeness, 5% Fun Silliness, 0% Facepalming Material. And characters like Ivankov or Mr. 2 don't even seem half as dumb as in the anime.
Really, Toei is damaging this epic story too much as of late. And I really mean the ''lately'' because stuff like this didn't happen at all in arcs like Arabasta or Skypiea, not even Enies Lobby or EVEN Thriller Bark which are somewhat recent (well, TB did already begin to feel some of this painful dragging out...).
As for the crew being separated and all, yeah, it's just not the same for a while, but I still loved everything about it. Impel Down was a rollercoaster of thriller and fun (again, in the manga) and the War was just the most amazing thing ever with all of those great figures battling it out.
Wow, amazing job. ^_^ ::hugs:: Congrats.
I hope you do well with your exams. ^_^
I love buying christmas gifts too!!! Well I also like to donate money whenever I pass by like.. the Toys for Tots or Salvation Army things.. x.x I always spend way too much money during the Christmas Season. I like when I make people happy. ^_^
Very nice Top List! I love One Piece, Higurashi, Code Geass, Baccano and Onizuka, and also like Trigun and Jigoku Shoujo to an extent. School Rumble is just pretty good overall too, but Eri&Harima scenes are 5/5 for me. =D
Awesome. Thankies. ^_^
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