So here we are and just concerning me, I am ready to start into an all-new arc! And if you ask me, this episode, which turns out to be the 390th (so we are only ten episodes away from the big 400th), is a promising makeup for the rest of the season. Last episode left us with the arrival in the New World and the stormy sea looked menacing in my opinion. I had no clue where the series would go to now; but right at the beginning of this episode, the Mugiwara pirates enter an Isle consisting of a huge vulcano called "Punk Hazard". Additionally, we get to see Smoker again, and boy, he has changed alot. It looks as if the New Word has changed him and made him more dangerous and agressive. The design is fantastic. The episode ends with the Mugiwara crew battling a giant Dragon inmidst an ocean of flames, which does look quite appealing. Plus, the animations are beautiful in this episode, I have to pay my highest respect to TOEI ANIMATION. The fight looks great. The only thing that's bugging me is that the episode feels kind of empty. Yesterday it was announced that the season would be shortened from 23 to 21 episodes, which is kind of a letdown; I do not want the latter episodes to feel stuffed. Anyway, the fight looks fantastic, it's nice to see smoker and the isle looks promising.
Luffy in his enthusiasm votes to go to the island, though most of his crew are reluctant to go. The crew than receives a distress call from someone on the island who is being attacked by a samurai. They then draw sticks on who will go with Luffy and who will stay on the ship, with Zoro, Robin and Usopp coming with Luffy. The group wanders the area seeing the whole place being constantly on fire and wondering what happened here. Their exploration is suddenly cut short when they encounter a Dragon looking hungrily at them. Luffy and Zoro starts fighting the dragon, which is shown to be able to speak and breathe fire. Luffy rockets up to the dragon's back, discovering the presence of a pair of legs. Luffy manages to make the dragon chew its own wing, making it fall. Zoro takes the opportunity to jump into the air with Usopp's trampolina and decapitates the dragon. Meanwhile, Nami, Chopper, Franky, Brook, and Sanji are all asleep due to a sleeping gas and are abducted by men in hazmat suits.