May Contain Spoilers
The battle against Arlong and the fish-men wraps up, with all of the ridiculous action that you’d expect. Arlong sprouts nasty shark choppers in his hands, and Shark Darts at Luffy, leaping at him and leading with his wicked, serrated nose. Watch out, Luffy! When Luffy turns the tables on Arlong by snatching away a set of his teeth, oh my! Let’s just say that Luffy just doesn’t have the jaw strength for an attack of that nature.
Just when things are looking grim for Luffy, he is filled with a sense of righteous indignation at the thought of how terribly Arlong treated Nami while she was forced to work for him. I have always liked that his true strength comes from his desire to protect his friends. He will do anything to keep them safe, and if he takes a beating for it, so be it. Eventually he will rally and keep his crew safe.
After liberating Coco Village, the reassembled crew sails off for Roguetown, where the Pirate King, Roger, was born and ultimately executed. What they don’t know is that Luffy now has a price on his head of a whopping 30 million berries, which I am sure will lead to many, many misadventures and headaches as bounty hunters try to collect all that cash, and the navy attempts to apprehend this obviously dangerous criminal.
Roguetown is at first a fun little outing, with the crew members heading off in different directions for shopping and sightseeing. Luffy, of course, wants to see the execution scaffold where Roger lost his head. Once there, he’s about to lose his head as enemies from the recent past descend on Roguetown. This is almost about as far as I got in the anime, all those years ago, and I’m looking forward to learning more about Captain Smoker and Tashigi. He seems like a hard ass, and she seems like a flake, but I’m thinking that there’s more to them than meets the eye.
Grade: 4 stars
Review copy borrowed from my local library
About the book:
After almost drowning at the hands of “Saw-Tooth” Arlong, captain of the nasty Fish-Man pirates, Luffy bounces back with a few tricks up his sleeve. The fate of Coco Village, if not the rest of the East Blue, rests upon the outcome of their final battle!