One Piece: Post-Arabasta Arc (Filler) | Summary & Review
Delve into the captivating narratives of the Post-Arabasta Arc in One Piece, exploring the origins and dreams of the Straw Hat Pirates!
By: Jose D. Pernalete
The Arabasta Arc is now over, and so it goes one of the all-time favorite and one of the fan-favorite arcs of One Piece. The thrilling adventure, the dangerous enemies, and the hidden secrets behind the arid desert of Arabasta left us and the Straw Hat crew exhausted but thirsty for a new adventure.
In the Post-Arabasta Arc, we are treated to a collection of five standalone episodes that offer a deeper understanding of the histories and aspirations of the beloved Straw Hat Pirates crew. This article will explore each episode and the exciting narratives they bring to the table. From Chopper's poignant memories to Nami's unwavering dream and Zoro's remarkable display of bravery, this arc promises to captivate fans and leave them craving for more.
It would be difficult to put all the episodes in this filler arc together and talk about them as one, since these episodes are completely separated, at least in terms of plot. They explore the origins and dreams of the Straw Hats, excepting Nico Robin and Luffy.
In order to try and make these episodes a bit of justice we’ll individually cover each one of them here completely on their own. Luckily it’s just five episodes, one for each crew member, so let’s get started with Chopper’s.
One Piece: Post-Arabasta Arc Summary
Episode 131 - The First Patient! Anecdote of the Rumble Ball
In this episode, we embark on an emotional journey alongside Chopper, the lovable reindeer and doctor of the Straw Hat Pirates. While the crew ventures out to find food, Chopper is left alone on the ship, allowing him to reflect on his past.
We witness heartfelt flashbacks of Chopper's first patient, Doctorine, and the bittersweet memories of creating the rumble ball. This episode beautifully showcases the compassionate side of Chopper and serves as a reminder of the challenges he has overcome.
Episode 132 - The Navigator's Mutiny! For an Unwavering Dream!
Our attention then shifts to Nami, the talented navigator of the crew, as she encounters a peculiar salesman named Rice Rice. Determined to create her world map, Nami purchases durable paper from him and sets out on her ambitious mission.
Despite constant interruptions from her fellow crew members, Nami's unwavering dedication and determination prevail. This episode showcases Nami's relentless pursuit of her dreams, highlighting her strength and ambition as a character.
Episode 133 - Inherited Recipe! Sanji, the Curry Expert
Get ready for a culinary adventure with Sanji, the master chef of the Straw Hat Pirates. While attempting to escape from the Marine ships, the crew encounters a young apprentice cook named Tajio. Sanji reluctantly agrees to teach him the art of cooking during their time together. The episode takes us through a delectable journey of flavors, as Sanji imparts his wisdom while hiding valuable tips within his seemingly critical feedback. This heartwarming episode celebrates the power of mentorship and showcases Sanji's expertise in the kitchen.
Episode 134 - I'll Make it Bloom! Manly Usopp's Eight-Shaku Ball
In this episode, we witness Usopp's encounter with Kodama, the granddaughter of a renowned pyrotechnics director. Drawn to the island's famous fireworks display, Usopp befriends Kodama and learns about her tragic past. Determined to help Kodama overcome her fears, Usopp forms a special bond with her as they strive to launch a magnificent firework together. This emotionally charged episode highlights Usopp's growth as a character, emphasizing his unwavering resolve to become a true sea warrior.
Episode 135 - Infamous Pirate Hunter! The Wandering Swordsman, Zoro!
The arc reaches its climax with an exhilarating episode centered around Zoro, the skilled swordsman of the Straw Hat Pirates. We are taken back to Zoro's past in East Blue, where he displays his incredible strength and skill while aiding Johnny and Yosaku, two aspiring bounty hunters. Zoro's act of selflessness not only highlights his exceptional swordsmanship but also reveals the values that guide him. This episode showcases Zoro's unwavering dedication to justice and his unyielding loyalty to his comrades.
One Piece: Post-Arabasta Arc Review
A Blend of Character and Adventure
The Post-Arabasta Arc of One Piece introduces us to a series of stand-alone episodes that offer profound insights into the lives of the Straw Hat Pirates. From Chopper's touching memories to Nami's resolute dreams, Sanji's culinary prowess to Usopp's growth, and Zoro's unwavering sense of justice, this arc beautifully intertwines character development with thrilling adventures. As fans, we are reminded once again of the depth and complexity of Eiichiro Oda's masterpiece.
Going after the excitement that was the Arabasta Arc was always going to be really challenging no matter what you did, and this arc serves as a good way to calm things down after the war and all the emotions.
Still we do have to keep in mind that even the most boring filler arcs create their own new self-contained stories, whereas this one pretty much goes over some things we already knew about the Straw Hat crew one more time, which can feel a little bit repetitive.
Not to mention that this is the start of a series of back to back filler arcs coming together in between the Arabasta Saga and the Skypea Saga. So even though this one is the least intrusive, it still feels a little bit heavy, and more repetitive than any of the other fillers coming up in the following episodes.
But since These episodes help us get to know even more about the Straw Hat pirates it is a great way for us to connect with our main characters even more and it keeps us fascinated with all the things they’ve went through and what’s behind their dreams and hopes.
Keeping all of this in mind, this arc feels like a comfort arc, and we never get tired of learning more about the Straw Hat pirates, so this is actually a pretty nice filler to watch, even though you can feel free to skip it if you want.
Final Score: 7/10