Manga Review: One Piece Volume 11

Monkey D. Luffy is the main character of One Piece, and he dreams of finding the fabled One Piece treasure on the Grand Line. Not only that, but Luffy also wants to become the king of the pirates. Unfortunately during his youth, Luffy ate some devil fruit, which turned his body into rubber and has made it so he is unable to swim. Even with that disadvantage, Luffy still pursues his dream. At this point in the series, Luffy has acquired some crew members: Zoro, Usopp, Nami, and Sanji.

One Piece Volume 11
Written by: Eiichiro Oda
Publisher: Shueisha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: July 5, 2006

Volume 11 picks right where Volume 10 ended during the battle at Arlong Park. In fact, about half of this volume focuses on the battle at Arlong Park and the aftermath of the battle. The actual battle is really intense, with quite a few panels focusing on action and sound effects and not much on dialogue.

There are a couple of panels in this section that really stood out to me. One is on the top of page 56. This is a close-up on Nami watching the fighting, with her hand up to her mouth and tears coming out of her eye. The other is on the top of page 58, which is a close-up on Luffy looking extremely angry. I thought that Oda did an incredible job of capturing the emotions of these characters in these particular panels.

Another story arc begins in Volume 11, which sees Luffy being branded as a dangerous pirate and having a 30 million berry bounty being placed on his head. For this story arc, Luffy and his crew visit Roguetown, which is where Gol D. Roger was executed.

While in Roguetown, Zoro meets a swordswoman who bears a striking resemblance to his deceased friend, Kuina. Luffy and the gang also have an encounter with two previous antagonists, and the volume ends with them in the process of trying to flee from these adversaries, as well as from the group that the woman Zoro met is affiliated with. A couple of other characters that the reader has already met also make a brief appearance in this story arc as well.

The title pages for the chapters in this volume continue the story of Koby and Helmeppo serving in the navy. While this is an OK mini-story, I haven’t enjoyed it quite as much as I did the Buggy the Clown mini-story that had appeared on the title pages in earlier volumes of One Piece.

In this volume, Oda didn’t do any question and answer pages like he had in several of the previous volumes of One Piece. Instead, he includes a cut-away view of the Merry Go, as well as sketches of the various areas of the ship. Personally, I enjoyed these a lot more than I did the question and answer sections. The background information that’s provided for the ship in this volume helps to give me a better feel and understanding for how the Merry Go is designed.

I have to say that I enjoyed reading Volume 11. I was very satisfied with how the Arlong Park story arc resolved, and the Roguetown arc has definitely piqued my interest. I really hope that the Roguetown arc will continue to be an enjoyable read in Volume 12.

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