One Piece Recreates THAT Jurassic Park Scene
In Episode 924, One Piece pays homage to an iconic moment from the 1993 classic Jurassic Park.
WARNING: The following contains spoilders for One Piece Episode 924, "The Capital in an Uproar! Another Assassin Targets Sanji," now available on Funimation, Crunchyroll and VRV.
Following a two-week hiatus, One Piece has returned, and in a big way: by paying tribute Jurassic Park. While the idea of the hit anime series featuring dinosaur pirates is certainly more than a little over the top, it embraces an iconic scene from the 1993 sci-fi adventure when Page One demolishes the soba shop in which Sanji is hidden.
The Hunt For Sanji
One of Kaido's biggest assassins, Page One consumed an artificial Devil Fruit that transformed him into a Spinosaurus. He has been sent to scout out Sanji (using the alias Sangoro) following a public fight a few episodes earlier. Attacking any soba shop he can find, Page One eventually frightens the civilians into calling for Sangoro, which draws the real Sanji to the fight.
Eventually, Sanji kicks Page One in the head, but that doesn't faze the beast. Instead, he simply calls for Drake and Hawkins, more of Kaido's Headliners, to fight. At first, Sanji is worried Page One knows his true identity -- not some soba cook, but rather as a member of the Straw Hat Crew. However, it soon becomes apparent that isn't the case, much to Sanji's relief. But the episode ends before the fight can truly begin.
Page One is introduced from the perspective of a soba shop owner, who stares at a cup of hot tea as something heavy marches outside. With every step, the tea ripples, until Page One carves a hole through the wall with his mighty claws.
The scene evokes the iconic moment in Jurassic Park when the T. rex is introduced. The vibrations from each of his heavy steps cause the water to ripple in a cup of water, leading up to the moment when the Tyrannosaurus bursts through power lines in much the same way Page One barges into the soba shop.
Of course, there is one key difference between Page One and a T. rex: Page One is a Spinosaurus. Famously, the Spinosaurus appeared in Jurassic Park III, in which it attacked and killed a T. rex. In some ways, the presence of a Spinosaurus ripping off the T. rex's big scene might seem like a further insult. However, it won't be long before Sanji, a mere human, brings Spinosaurus down to size.