Manga Review: One Piece by Eiichiro Oda – East Blue (Omnibus’ 1-4; Volumes 1-12)

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One Piece  Eiichiro Oda
Published By: VIZ Media LLC
Publication Date: December 1st, 2009 – May 4th, 2010
Genres: Manga, Adventure, Fantasy
Rating: 5 Stars
Date Read: December 1st, 2009 – May 4th, 2010
Links: Goodreads

Volume 1: Get ready to set sail!

One Piece

As a child, Monkey D. Luffy dreamed of becoming King of the Pirates. But his life changed when he accidentally ate the Gum-Gum Fruit, an enchanted Devil Fruit that gave him the ability to stretch like rubber. Its only drawback? He’ll never be able to swim again–a serious handicap for an aspiring sea dog! Years later, Luffy sets off on his quest to find the “One Piece,” said to be the greatest treasure in the world…

The treasure trove of high seas adventures just got bigger with this collection of the first three volumes of One Piece!

I love One Piece so much. I’ve been a fan of One Piece for years and been watching the anime continuously. I thought of checking the manga, the original work of Oda. It’s amazing! Check it out if you never did.

One Piece is one of the funniest manga I’ve read. Eiichiro Oda is one of the absolute best mangakas and has created this wonderful universe and characters. It’s funny and it can hit your heart in ways you never expected. The characters are also really loveable, exposing parts of their childhoods, their burdens, piece by piece until you can fully understand them.

This one ends at the beginning of Usopp’s story. I really enjoyed that entire arc when I first started watching the anime. This manga can get very emotional. It’ll make you cry and laugh right along with the characters. It’s very funny and entertaining. The characters were so unique in voice and tangibility that I loved each of them. 

The only problem I have with this edition is that ‘Zoro’ is tanslated as ‘Zolo’! Although I mostly just ignored that and still pronounced it a Zoro. So I mean I wasn’t too bothered by it. 

A fun and silly adventure begins in these three volumes, enemies are beaten and new friends are made. But mostly its just a series brimming with fun.

In this volume, Luffy meets Nami, a thief, and excellent navigator. Part of this volume takes place in a small town that has been over taken by pirates; Buggy the Clown in this case. He too has eaten a Devil Fruit, making conflict with him more interesting. I’ll let you discover what his power is. Luffy is drawn into a fight with Buggy’s group, as expected. There’s a lion and a man on a unicycle and other such weirdness that only pirates led by a clown can provide.

The real star of the volume is Buggy the Clown and his goofy band of pirates. Their gags are very funny and the fights they provide are unique and action packed. Buggy will have you laughing out loud with his paranoia of nose jokes and the punishment that follows. His connections to Luffy through a past friend are also very intriguing.

Volume 2: The Boy who cried “Pirate”


Usopp is the local liar who likes to stir up trouble by shouting “The pirates are coming!” But he never expected his harmless prank to become a reality! Captain Kuro of the Black Cat Pirates has been lying low, posing as a mild-mannered butler while waiting for the right time to strike it rich with his devious plan. With no one believing him, all hope seems lost for Usopp–until he has Luffy on his side!

Containing Volumes 4, 5 and 6 of One Piece!

I’m having so much fun reading this series. I remember watching it on Toasted TV before school years ago. This Volume contains More character development, The end of Usopp’s arc also speeds things up and more information about the grand line raises the stakes.

Basically one long fight, as is pretty common so far in this series, as the group attempts to defend a girl who is being murdered for her fortune. 

The slow pacing is quickly remedied in this volume! The story advances with humour and action as its central villain steps out to claim the spotlight. Oda does a great job showing us how truly different a villain like Kuro can be. His cunning tactics and ruthless blood lust is the polar opposite to the comedic and zany Buggy. He quickly shows us why he is a threat, to not only our heroes, but the other villains as well. The supporting characters do great as well with Kaya having great emotional moments and the Usopp Pirates bringing in a surprising yet refreshing loyalty.

Volume 3: Chef’s Special: The Kick of the day


The Straw Hat crew makes a pit stop at the oceangoing restaurant the Baratie, where the cooks are as rough-and-tumble as the pirates who frequent it. Don Krieg, a notorious pirate whose ship was battered in the treacherous seas of the Grand Line, has set his sights on the Baratie, but sous-chef Sanji isn’t going to stand idly by while these ruthless pirates take the ship by force!

Containing Volumes 7, 8 and 9 of One Piece!

This one is very centred around Sanji. We learn about his fighting style and his past. It’s nice and you can see how once again Luffy found someone who has a big dream to recruit in his crew. I love how they all have their own motivation. And their paths are going in the same direction so it’s only logical to make their way there together. 

Volume 7 and half of 8 are the end of the getting Sanji story while the second half of 8 and all of 9 are the beginnings of the truth about Nami. These have great fight scenes, wonderful character development, and some interesting plot developments.

The artwork is excellent. Eiichiro Oda’s art style is very distinctive, which is a good thing. Something else that strikes me about this series is how diverse the information is in it. You have Sanji who waxes eloquently about cooking and uses french terms for his kicks, to Nami who talks about navigational information, to naval practices that are at least partially based on historical information. There is so much packed into this manga. 

The Arlong Park arc continues in volume 9 as Luffy edges closer to Cocoyashi village in an attempt to get his ship and friends back. The story does a great job selling Arlong as the main villain. His hold on the island and its people deliver a new dynamic the overall story has yet to have. Usopp learns full well why Fishmen are not to be trifled with when he is captured by them. Zoro goes on a hunt for Usopp after breaking free of his captivity.

Nami’s backstory, like Sanji’s, is tragic and pulls the veil on Nami’s well hidden feelings. This back story is definitely one of the best in all One Piece. As hope fades all she can do is ask for help from the friends she betrayed.

Volume 4: Fishing for Trouble


There’s something fishy going on in Nami’s hometown that’s led her to turn her back on her family and friends. But her betrayal is all for naught when the unscrupulous captain of the fish-man pirates, “Sawtooth” Arlong, goes back on his word. When her fellow villagers gear up to challenge a merciless foe who can easily crush them, her only hope for peace is to turn to the very people she has been lying to… the Straw Hat Pirates!

Containing the last volumes of the East Blue saga: 10, 11 and 12 of One Piece!

Volume 10 is a great action oriented instalment. It shines the spotlight on Luffy’s crew and the hardships they take in these fights. Seeing what they’ll go through for a friend just gives these characters a real charm.  

Volume 11 starts in the middle of Luffy and Arlong’s big battle which consumed most of the previous volume as well. Sanji has been paired against a Shark fishman that practices Fishman Karate; while Zoro has been matched up against Hatchi. Luffy is risking it all just to make Nami his permanent navigator.

Zoro’s fight with Hachi shows how determined and strong the three style swordsman is. Sanji’s fight with the Fishman Karate master, Kuroobi, lets the cook have a suspenseful battle under water. 

ʟᴜꜰꜰʏ: ɪ ᴅᴏɴᴛ ᴋɴᴏᴡ ʜᴏᴡ ᴛᴏ ᴜsᴇ ᴀ sᴡᴏʀᴅ
ɪ ᴅᴏɴᴛ ᴋɴᴏᴡ ᴋɴᴏᴡ ʜᴏᴡ ᴛᴏ ɴᴀᴠɪɢᴀᴛᴇ ᴇɪᴛʜᴇʀ
ɪ ᴄᴀɴᴛ ᴄᴏᴏᴋ. ɪ ᴄᴀɴᴛ ᴛᴇʟʟ ʟɪᴇs
ɪ ᴋɴᴏᴡ ɪ ᴄᴀɴᴛ ʟɪᴠᴇ ᴡɪᴛʜᴏᴜᴛ ʜᴇʟᴘ ꜰʀᴏᴍ ᴀ ʟᴏᴛ ᴏꜰ ᴘᴇᴏᴘʟᴇ.

ᴀʀʟᴏɴɢ: ᴡʜᴀᴛ ᴀ ʙᴜʀᴅᴇɴ ɪᴛ ᴍᴜsᴛ ʙᴇ ꜰᴏʀ ʏᴏᴜʀ ᴄʀᴇᴡ ᴛᴏ ʜᴀᴠᴇ sᴜᴄʜ ᴀɴ ɪᴅɪᴏᴛ ꜰᴏʀ ᴀ ᴄᴀᴘᴛɪᴀɴ. ᴊᴜsᴛ ᴡʜᴀᴛ ᴄᴀɴ ʏᴏᴜ ᴅᴏ?!

ʟᴜꜰꜰʏ: ɪ ᴄᴀɴ ʙᴇᴀᴛ ʏᴏᴜ.

The brief Roguetown/Loguetown arc is wrapped up with a very, very touching filler story, the crew entering the Grand Line, core mechanics of the world being explained, and the introduction of the new central antagonistic group. 

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That’s it for this review! Have you read this? If so, What did you think of it? Tell me in the comments if you agree or disagree with any of this. I’d love to know your opinion.

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