Right, so I know I am kind of late with this review blog, however with there being no chapter this week and Kaido being busy with his exams (wish him good luck if you see him!) I figured now would be the best time to make one. Anyways on with the review!
I must say that this episode was amazing! The anime hasn't been this good in such a long time. Both the content and animation were of high quality. Toei can actually do a fine job if they put forth some effort and a reasonable budget.
So, the episode starts off with Kyros waking up and conversing the Straw Hats some more. He and Zoro share a drink and Zoro expresses his desire to spar with the gladiator someday. Although this scene is exclusive to the anime, I wouldn't mind this actually happening in the manga down the line.
Then we switch over to Sanji's team in Zou. Let me just say, the animation here is just fantastic. It has nice bright colors with good saturation. Very eye catching and beautiful. We see Sanji arguing with Caesar as well as the group dealing with the Beast Pirates.
Back at Kid's hideout we finally see Kaido make his official anime debut. He finally lands from Sky Island after falling for one whole episode and gives Kid's alliance a heart attack. For anime-only followers, this probably made their week or maybe even their year. I really didn't expect Kaido to be this huge. He's probably even bigger than Whitebeard if the animators did the scaling correctly.
Final Thoughts: If you haven't been keeping up with the anime for a while, now would be a great time to start watching again. We should be in Zou in about 6 weeks assuming there aren't any filler arcs since the anime is getting close to the manga. Also, did anyone else notice that Kyros got his other leg back?? o.O I guess Toei was being TOO generous there.