Manga Review: One Piece Volume 14

One Piece Volume 14 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 14 volumes that I’ve read of the One Piece manga series, I would agree with this rating.

One Piece Volume 14
Written by: Eiichiro Oda
Publisher: Shueisha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: April 3, 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 14 picks up with the giant Dorry after he drank some exploding ale. At first, he thinks Luffy and Vivi are responsible, and he and Luffy get into a fight. After Luffy is able to knock him down for a little bit, Luffy becomes mad because he believes someone spiked the ale. When a volcano explodes, Dorry says it’s time to go to battle with Broggy, even though his insides have been injured from the exploding ale.

While the giants go off to fight, Zoro, Nami, and Vivi are captured by the members of Baroque Works. The three of them are put onto Mr. 3’s extra special candelabra, with the intent of turning all three of them into wax statues. It’s up to Luffy, Usopp, and Karoo to try to save them. Unfortunately, Luffy finds himself under the influence of Ms. Golden Week’s colors trap, where she can recreate the colors of emotions and uses refined color paint to hypnotize people. Usopp and Karoo have their hands full with Mr. 5 and Ms. Valentine.

And right at the end of Volume 14, Sanji makes an unexpected and important discovery.

It appears that my prediction from Volume 13 was correct; all of Volume 14 was taken up with the story that takes place in Little Garden. There’s still going to be a little bit left of this story in Volume 15; however, from the description given for Volume 15 at the back of this volume, it appears the Little Garden story will be ending for sure in the next volume.

Some of the art in Volume 14 really stands out to me, especially some of the panels that appear when Luffy, Usopp, and Karoo team up to try to free the others from the candelabra. They have some distinctive facial expressions when they charge forward, and many of the panels in this portion of the volume are very action-packed. With how some of these action panels were drawn and colored, I could swear that the images on the page were actually moving.

And it was nice to actually see Sanji again right near the end of the volume. Sanji had pretty much up and disappeared from the story at some point in Volume 13, and then he was gone for the majority of Volume 14. While Sanji may not appear much in Volume 14, he still managed to get a great line in one of the panels on the final page of this volume.

I enjoyed reading Volume 14, even though I already knew what was coming from seeing this section of the story in the anime series. If you’ve read and enjoyed the previous 13 volumes of One Piece, then I think you will also enjoy Volume 14.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of One Piece Volume 14 that my son checked out through the King County Library System.

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