One Piece Volume 75 focuses on Luffy, a young man who dreams of finding the One Piece and becoming the King of the Pirates someday. As a child, he ate the Gum-Gum fruit, which turned his body into rubber and allows him to stretch himself in crazy ways. Unfortunately, this means that he is no longer able to swim and will drown if he goes into water. But Luffy is determined to achieve his dream, and he is accompanied by his pirate crew, who are known as the Straw Hats.
Volume 75 sees Luffy and his pirate crew in the kingdom of Dressrosa, where they attempt to help free the people from the reign of Doflamingo, one of the Seven Warlords of the sea that has taken over the kingdom. Sugar has fallen at the Smile Factory, and the workers who had been turned into toys revert into their original forms. This brings about a lot of happy reunions, as well as a major surprise for Rebecca. The scene where Rebecca learns about this surprise is so touching, and I thought Oda’s depiction of Rebecca’s reaction was perfect.
But Doflamingo doesn’t intend to go down without some kind of a fight. He creates a birdcage that surrounds Dressrosa, and then tells everyone that this has turned into a game. They can either kill him or they can bring him all the people that he lists off. He places a bounty on all of them as an incentive for the citizens to cooperate. Not surprisingly, Luffy and most of his crew are included in the list of names.
One Piece Volume 75 is full of action and chaos as the 12 being hunted try to save themselves, yet trying not hurt the populace. At one point, several people tell Luffy they’re going to take down Doflamingo in order to repay a debt to him, but Luffy insists on being the one to do it. This scene is actually rather comical, although it feels like it runs a little on the long side. But even with that, this volume includes all of the action and humor that readers of One Piece have come to expect from the series.
While Volume 75 is full of action, there’s also a lot of jumping around between various locations, since the characters are so spread out across Dressrosa. With how often the scenes change, it can be a little challenging to keep up with and remember where everyone is and where their story last left off. This jumping around in location is the weakest aspect of One Piece Volume 75.
When it comes to the art style in One Piece, Oda utilizes a lot of exaggeration, sound effects, and speed lines to depict the action that’s taking place. With Luffy being a “rubber man,” the use of exaggeration makes a lot of sense. Oda’s art style really stands out in comparison to many other manga that are out there, and it gives One Piece a very unique look.
But even with how much the story jumps around, I believe that long time readers of the series will enjoy reading One Piece Volume 75. They’ll want to see what happens to the various characters, especially after Doflamingo places a bounty on several of them.
The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media