May Contain Spoilers
Luffy has decided that Sanji will be joining his crew as the ship’s cook. Sanji declines. Luffy declines Sanji’s declination, and I had to laugh. Luffy can be so simpleminded, but he is stubborn as a mule. How long will it take for him to change Sanji’s mind? I give Sanji another volume to be persuaded, or run off the Baratie by Chef Zeff.
As Luffy causes chaos while trying to work off damages to the restaurant, Don Krieg and Gin arrive. Krieg is starving, but the staff refuses to feed him because of his awful reputation. Sanji, however, gives him a meal, and restored, Krieg declares that he’s taking over the ship. Oh dear! Sanji, why did you feed this heartless murderer?? Chef Zeff understands why Sanji gave the guy a free meal, but the other chefs are not happy with Sanji. Who would be?
While everyone is fighting with Krieg, Nami, much to my disappointment, takes the opportunity to steal Johnny and Yosaku’s treasure, as well as the Merry Go. I have to admit that Nami isn’t my favorite character currently, and I kind of wish that Luffy had left her stranded on a deserted island. Yes, yes, I know that she has motivations, she has her reasons, but she stole the pirate hunters’ treasure, as well as the crew’s ship. Yo, she just made off with their whole entire house! And left them to fend for themselves against a killer pirate. That’s pretty darn cold.
Hawk-Eye Mihawk shows up to give Krieg another beat-down, but Zolo, in his quest to be the greatest swordsman ever, challenges him to combat. What a silly guy. Couldn’t he at least have let Hawk-Eye terrorize the pirates again, before throwing down the gauntlet? Wouldn’t that have made more sense? Now that Nami is gone, none of the Straw Hat guys has a lick of common sense, and I despair at their chances for survival without Nami’s presence.
This was another high action installment of One Piece, chock full of villains, ridiculous situations, and menacing rumors about the Grand Line.
Grade: 4.25 stars
Review copy borrowed from my local library
About the book:
Luffy’s pirates thought they were just stopping in for a quick bite…but now Luffy’s been made a busboy on Baratie, the oceangoing restaurant, and it turns out some of the worst-mannered pirates on the Grand Line are just dying for a meal.
Always one to look on the bright side, Luffy sets his sights on Sanji, the smart-talking, skirt-chasing assistant chef on the Baratie, as the Merry Go’s new cook. But it’ll take more than a vicious pirate battle and a little sweet talking from Nami to convince him to leave the Baratie and join Luffy’s team. His oath to feed any and all pirates in need keeps getting in the way. The question is: what do you do when the very same pirates you just fed now want to serve you up for dinner?