It’s been a while since I had a chance to review a One Piece anime episode, but I had some free time this weekend and said what the heck, devoting a few hours reviewing and taking screenshots of episode 589 of the One Piece Anime, “The World’s Worst! The Terrifying Scientist, Caesar!” It’s taken almost a dozen episodes to get there, but with this episode we finally see the full reveal of the Punk Hazard arc’s major villain, Caesar Clown…
Episode 589 of the One Piece anime is basically one big expository info dump episode.We get to see Tashigi in Smoker’s body and Smoker in Tashigi’s body featured quite a bit in the episode, which would be really cool if so many toy companies hadn’t been showing off toys and sculptures of the two body-swapped Marines for months. I have to say, this is definitely a different look for Tashigi! I wonder what Zoro would say if he could see her now…?
We did get a name for the Punk Hazard story’s antagonist last episode–Caesar Clown–and this episode is largely a build-up to seeing Caesar Clown in full. One of the centaurs that had his coat stolen by the Straw Hats previously arrives and begs Caesar for help and to rescue Brownbeard. I think maybe this is meant to make us doubt whether or not Caesar is evil, but, well… that ship has sailed.
Caesar Clown agrees to help his subordinate, but… he’s clearly totally evil. Like, insanely evil. I can’t even imagine how the people on Punk Hazard are so freaking dumb that they can’t realize Caesar Clown is a mad scientist.
We get to see a little more of the harpy woman, Monet, in One Piece Episode 589, although she essentially does nothing. I know there’s a fanbase for this character, so hopefully we see some character development for her soon. Cool glasses, though!
We come back to the Straw Hats, and discover that masks have been created for the body-swapped Straw Hat Pirates so that the crew can more easily tell who’s who. I have to say–this was pretty funny. I adore Chopper in Sanji’s body, and “Nami” smoking a cigarette is almost as comical as “Tashigi” doing so.
I’m not sure I get why the Marines would hold the epic battle between Akainu and Aokiji on an island that likely still had remnants of toxic poison gas on it, but I assume we’ll come back to that plotline later on.
Brownbeard was critically wounded in battle and lost his legs. He fled to Punk Hazard, where he would have died if he hadn’t been saved by Caesar Clown and then given new centaur legs by the new Shichibukai Trafalgar Law.
I’m stunned that Toei skipped the opportunity to show a flashback to Basil Hawkins confronting Brownbeard! It’s been so long that I genuinely forgot that that had been shown in the One Piece anime at all!
Of course, at this point we see Caesar Clown fully revealed for the very first time, both in appearance and in his deeds, as Smoker explains that Caesar Crown himself is responsible for the explosion that killed virtually all life on Punk Hazard.