Manga Review: One Piece Volume 15

One Piece Volume 15 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 15 volumes that I’ve read of the One Piece manga series, I would agree with this rating.

One Piece Volume 15
Written by: Eiichiro Oda
Publisher: Shueisha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: August 7, 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: Zoro, Usopp, Nami, and Sanji.

Volume 15 sees Sanji talking to Mr. Zero on a Snail-O-Phone while pretending to be Mr. 3. He claims that Luffy and the Straw Hats have been defeated. When the Unluckies come to deliver the Eternal Pose to Alabasta, Sanji beats them up and takes the Pose. After reuniting with Luffy and the others, they leave Little Garden; in order to get away, they receive help from the giants Dorry and Broggy.

Meanwhile, the Navy captures Mr. 11 and intercepts Sanji’s conversation with Mr. Zero. With what they’re able to hear, Smoker determines that they need to go to Alabasta to try and track down the Straw Hats.

After continuing on their voyage, Nami suddenly develops a fever and collapses. They are attacked by a pirate called Wapol, who starts eating the ship. Fortunately, Luffy, Sanji, and Zoro are able to defeat them and get them off the ship.

When they arrive at Drum Island, Luffy and the others aren’t trusted by the people at first; however, after Luffy and Vivi make a plea to get medical help for Nami, they are welcomed into the village. They are told that the only doctor is a witch who lives at the top of the tallest mountain in a castle. Luffy, with Nami strapped to his back, is accompanied by Sanji; together, they begin on a trek up the mountain.

While they’re gone, Wapol makes a landing on Drum Island, and we learn something very important about him and his connection to the island. The audience is also given a brief introduction to Dr. Kureha, the witch, and her assistant, Tony Tony Chopper.

Right now, I’m at a point in my viewing the anime where I’m a bit further ahead on that than I am manga; because of that, I already know what to expect. Even though I already know what’s going to happen, I still look forward to seeing it in print.

As usual, Luffy is his goofy self. However, he finds himself in a position where he has to hold back during the trip up the mountain with Nami and Sanji, because they encounter a group of Lapin (which look like a cross between polar bears and rabbits) and Luffy wants to just beat them up. Sanji has to remind him that he has Nami on his back and that every blow he gives or takes will be felt by Nami and it could kill her. Poor Luffy has to try his hardest not to join in the melee. He almost gives into temptation at least once. I think the word “restraint” isn’t in Luffy’s vocabulary.

The volume ends with a cliffhanger for Luffy, Nami, and Sanji. If I didn’t already know what was going to happen from seeing the anime, this cliffhanger would make me want to read Volume 16 in order to find out what happens next.

I enjoyed reading Volume 15, even knowing what’s coming up from seeing this section of the story in the anime series. If you’ve read and enjoyed the previous 14 volumes of One Piece, then I think you will also enjoy Volume 15.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of One Piece Volume 15 that my son checked out through the King County Library System.

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