Manga Review: One Piece Volume 17

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, 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 17
Written by: Eiichiro Oda
Publisher: Shueisha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: March 4, 2008

Volume 17 opens with a battle with King Wapol and his henchmen at the top of the mountain. Tony Tony Chopper and Luffy jump into the fray with a lot of gusto after Wapol shoots down Dr. Hiriluk’s pirate flag. During the battle, Chopper takes a rumble ball, which modifies the transformation powers of the devil fruit. He displays that he has seven transformations. With these transformations, Chopper is able to defeat Wapol’s henchmen.

Wapol makles it into the castle, and Nami ends up encountering him. Luffy arrives and fights with Wapol. During the fight, Nami finds Wapol’s key that opens his arsenal. After a bit of a fight, Luffy gets the upper hand.

While this is going on, Vivi, Zoro, and Usopp work at helping Dalton up the mountain. They reach the castle after Luffy defeats Wapol.

After the fight, Luffy talks Chopper into joining his crew. As Chopper leaves with Luffy and the others, Dr. Kureha does something surprising that impresses Chopper and the others. When Chopper gets on the Merry Go, he becomes the ship’s doctor.

Near the end of the volume, we are introduced to Mr. 2 of Baroque Works. He’s one of the freakier-looking members of the organization.

Volume 17 brings the storyline of Drum Island to an end. The best part of the volume to me was when Chopper decides that he wants to leave with Luffy and the others, and Dr. Kureha acts as if she doesn’t want him to leave. As we see a little later, she acted that way in order to avoid a tearful goodbye. That, along with the surprise that Dr. Kureha has when the Merry Go leaves, are both very touching moments in Volume 17.

Chopper continued to be a strong focus of this volume, and this volume made me like him as a character even more than I did at the end of Volume 16. Luffy has definitely needed a doctor, so it’s nice to see that he and his crew finally have one.

I already knew this part of the story from seeing it in the One Piece anime, but the story was just as strong when I saw it for the second time when reading this manga volume. Chopper is one of my favorite characters in the series, and he’s so darn cute.

The end of this volume also starts setting the stage for the next part of Luffy and his crew’s journey to Alabasta. Since I’m further along in the anime than I am in the manga, I really can’t say too much more without inadvertently providing any spoilers.

I enjoyed reading Volume 17, even though I already knowing what’s coming up from seeing this section of the story in the anime series. If you’ve read and enjoyed the previous 16 volumes of One Piece, then I think you will also enjoy Volume 17.

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