Manga Review: One Piece Volume 13

One Piece Volume 13 is a manga by Eiichiro Oda, and it was published in North America by Viz Media’s Shonen Jump imprint in 2007. The series is rated “T” for teens; from the 13 volumes that I’ve read of the One Piece manga series, I would agree with this rating.

One Piece Volume 13
Written by: Eiichiro Oda
Publisher: Shueisha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: January 2, 2007

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: Zolo, Usopp, Nami, and Sanji.

Volume 13 picks up with Zolo’s fight at Whisky Peak against the members of the criminal organization Baroque Works. During this volume, we learn that Ms. Wednesday is actually Nefertari Vivi, the princess of Alabasta. She, along with one of her servants, had infiltrated Baroque Works because the organization has been stirring up unrest in her land.

Since Vivi’s cover has been blown, she needs a way to return to Alabasta and have some protection. Luffy agrees to take Vivi back to Alabasta. Their ship is infiltrated by Ms. All Sunday, the assistant of the head of Baroque Works. She warns them that the next island they’re going to will be dangerous for them.

Luffy and the others reach Little Garden, the island Ms. All Sunday warned them about. Luffy and Vivi decide to go exploring, and Zolo and Sanji end up in a hunting contest. Luffy and Vivi meet a giant named Dorry, while Nami and Usopp meet a giant named Broggy. Unbeknownst to Luffy and his crew, two agents from Baroque Works are also at Little Garden.

This volume firmly establishes the Baroque Works organization, and it also begins the Alabasta arc. From watching the One Piece anime, I know what’s coming up a little later in this arc, so I can say that the Alabasta arc will be going for a little while. In fact, I know that the story that takes place at Little Garden is just getting going at the end of Volume 13, and I suspect it will end up taking up a good portion of Volume 14 as well.

One thing I can say for sure is that it’s nice to be able to follow all of this story arc without any interruption; it was around this point in the anime where a two episode filler story featuring Coby and Helmeppo, and this filler story broke the flow of the Alabasta arc. In the manga, Coby and Helmeppo do show up, but only on some of the chapter title pages that appear in Volume 13.

I wouldn’t have guessed that Ms. Wednesday was actually someone who had infiltrated Baroque Works if I hadn’t already seen this part of the story in the anime series. I also have to say that Vivi is a nice addition to the cast, since she allows the cast to have a regular female character in addition to Nami. And since Vivi isn’t entirely used to Luffy and his crew yet, she is a character who can be awed by what the Straw Hats do.

I have to say that I enjoyed Volume 13, even though I already knew what was coming from seeing this section of the story in the anime series. I also have to say that the new characters and story elements are a good addition to the series. If you’ve read and enjoyed the previous 12 volumes of One Piece, then I think you will also enjoy Volume 13.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of One Piece Volume 13 that my son checked out through the King County Library System.

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