Luffy and the rest of the Straw Hats continue their adventure in the New World. Along the way, they get drawn into a revenge match of a Davy Back Fight by the Foxy Pirates led by Foxy. The Foxy Pirates have added three new subordinates; Komei as a military tactician, Dojaku, and Kansho. Ignoring his crew’s objection, Luffy accepts the challenge to a Davy Back Fight.
In this special episode, the Straw Hat Crew once again gets tangled into another crazy situation but this time, an old rival makes a reappearance, Foxy and the Foxy Pirates. Like it mentioned in the synopsis above, The Foxy Pirates return and they new crew members Komei, Dojaku and Kansho. They are back and this time, they want revenge on Luffy and his crew ever since they lost at Long Ring Long Land. As Luffy and his friends accept the challenge, they go through the first challenge, eating mushrooms from Mushroom Island (the contest in which they are taking place). However, the story takes a sudden turn when the mushrooms contain a side effect that drains the motivational spirit (like Perona’s powers) and the ones who ate it are Zoro, and Sanji (Luffy as well but gets cure fast), and Porche and Hamburg. It turns out the mushroom was a set up by Komei and he tricks Foxy into joining the crew to capturing the Straw Hat crew; Komei is actually a Marine Vice Admiral and Strategist, and Dojaku is Shipwright. In order to save their friends, Luffy and Foxy team up to find the antidote to curing and their friend’s lack of spirit and fight through the Marines at the island Nebulandia, an island that nullifies Devil Fruit users abilities.
When I first heard about this special, I thought this anime was going to focus on Foxy and his plot to get revenge on Luffy, but I was mistaken. Still, it was pretty interesting to see him again and meet Luffy’s new members like Franky and Brook. Based on the poster ad, I thought this was going to be like a special Davy Back Fight with new members. I like how this story takes an unexpected turn for both sides for the pirates and forcing them to work together against the marines. The story does a good job on adding plot twists that creates obstacles for both Straw Hat and Foxy Pirates.
Personally on the characters, especially on the new characters Komei, Dojaku and Kansho, I felt that the only one that was interesting was the leader Komei. Komei actually had the more screen time out the members and he was interesting antagonist. I felt he was almost like Sosuke Aizen from Bleach with all the traps he made on the pirates but it with a little more humor. He may not be a powerhouse like Doflamingo or Akainu but I think he is a very dangerous antagonist who knows how to use quick thinking skills. Another thing I like about this special was the attention on the other characters. I really like Foxy in this special because I see him as comedy relief and he is actually not a bad guy when he works with Luffy, he is pretty helpful. Besides him, his crew gets some attention too along with Straw Hat. We see them cooperating with their rival as they both go against Komei.
There not much to say on the art, Toei still did the art as usual. One of the things they added is at the near end of the anime where they included CGI effects. It could be an up or down, but I didn’t mind it.
This “Adventure” was pretty fun to watch. It is not the best special nor the worse, it’s pretty fair and decent. This anime shared the spotlight on the protagonist’s minor characters and the main villain was pretty interesting. Personally, I felt that this special could have been added in the anime as a filler. It wasn’t a Episode special like “Episode of Sabo” or wasn’t a important anime special like “3D2Y”. Overall, it is fun special. You can watch this for free at Crunchyroll.