Manga Review: One Piece V 11 by Eiichiro Oda @shonenjump @vizmedia

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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.

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Manga Review: One Piece V 10 by Eiichiro Oda @shonenjump @mizmedia


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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.

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Manga Review: One Piece V 9 Eiichiro Oda @shonenjump @vizmedia


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I have to admit that I was feeling a little ho-hum about this story arc – at first. I did read this years ago, and I even saw these episodes of the anime, but for some reason, they didn’t leave much of an impression. I am not a big Nami fan (or I wasn’t), and the thought of sloughing through her backstory just wasn’t overly appealing. Oops. I was wrong. It was pretty angsty, and this volume has one of the most touching panel sequences to date.

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Manga Review: One Piece V 8 by Eiichiro Oda @shonenjump @vizmedia


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I actually read this in two chunks because I got distracted by life after Luffy’s battle with Don Krieg.  After several volumes of frantic action, sometimes the lulls are a little too tame for my mood. The next story arc with Arlong’s pirate crew wasn’t my favorite, so I didn’t really have much incentive for blowing through this volume. Let’s see if my opinion of Nami’s backstory has changed in 15+ years since I first read it.

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Manga Review: One Piece V 7 by Eiichiro Oda @vizmedia @shonenjump


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The battle for control of Baratie continues! Don Krieg proves again that he’s a ruthless cut-throat. And Gin, who is just following orders, beats the crap out of Sanji. Did I mention that the name of this volume is The Crap-Geezer? I wonder if they edited the word from a stronger description of poop?

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Manga Review: One Piece V 6 by Eiichiro Oda @shonenjump


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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.

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Manga Review: One Piece V 4 by Eiichiro Oda @shonenjump @vizmedia


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I decided to pick up One Piece again because I’m caught up on One-Punch Man, and I haven’t read it in years. My reading tastes have changed, so I was curious to see how well the series works for me now. Spoiler – I like it better  than the first time I read these volumes.  The story is fun and fast-paced, and the fights are appropriately ridiculous. I have a new love for fighting manga, and with its pirates, unique character designs, and Devil Fruit magic moves, One Piece is one of my favorites.

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