May Contain Spoilers
After the touchy feelies of the previous volume, V10 settles back into combat mode. Luffy and his ramshackle pirate crew are amped and ready to defend Nami with their lives. The fish-men have been committing evil against Coco Village for far too long, and the straw hats aren’t going to stand for it any long.
This battle starts with a bang, as Luffy bursts into Arlong Park, smashes heads, and bashes Arlong right in the face. He is incensed that Arlong made Nami cry, and he doesn’t hesitate to let the shark man know that he. Is. Pissed. Off. All of the members of Luffy’s pirate crew are itching for a fight, and when Hatchan confidently summons MoMoo to deal with the pesky humans, the fish-men don’t quite get the results they were counting on. Luffy and MoMoo have already met, and the poor cow fish didn’t enjoy the introduction.
This battle gets ridiculous very quickly, as Arlong tosses Luffy, whose feet are encased in cement, into the ocean. Oh dear. Luffy, Gum-Gum genius that he is, can’t swim. And even if he could, being trapped in a giant rock does not do anything for one’s buoyancy. While Genzo and Nojiko race to save Luffy, Sanji, Zolo, and Usopp must fight for their lives against the very powerful, very scary fish-men.
There is lots of battling in and under the water, and I would have drowned. I don’t know how Sanji didn’t. Luffy’s only saving grace is his elasticity, which allowed Genzo and Nojiko to stretch his neck and keep his head out of the water. Then everyone tries to free his legs, so, you know, they don’t all die when they have to face off with Arlong.
This was a fun, quick read. Sanji shows that he’s no lightweight, even if he only uses his devastating kicks, instead of ever relying on his fists. Gotta keep those precious hands safe so he can prepare that night’s feast. Zolo, still suffering from his last big fight against Mi-Hawk, is struggling, but maybe he has it in him to at least take down one of these guys? Maybe? The art remains lively as gravity and physics are defied again and again, but the humor keeps these antics from getting tedious.
Grade: 4.25 stars
Review copy borrowed from my local library
About the book:
Luffy’s navigator, Nami, has been working all along for “Saw-Tooth” Arlong to steal enough treasure to buy back her village. In return, the pirate has handed over her fortune to the Navy! Now Luffy and his crew prepare to risk their lives for Nami’s sake against their most ruthless opponent yet.