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Manga Review: One Piece Volume 10 by Eiichiro Oda

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One Piece Volume 10 is a manga by Eiichiro Oda, and it was published in North America by Viz Media’s Shonen Jump imprint in 2006. The series is rated “T” for teens; from the 10 volumes that I’ve read of the One Piece manga series, I would agree with this rating.

Monkey D. Luffy is the main character of One Piece. He’s a young man with a dream of finding the fabled One Piece treasure on the Grand Line; he also wants to become the king of the pirates. However, he ate some devil fruit when he was a boy, which turned his body into rubber. Since he now has a rubber body, he can no longer swim. Luffy has acquired several crew members, as well as a ship to travel on.

Volume 10 picks up exactly where Volume Nine left off. Luffy and the others are at Arlong Park. Luffy, Sanji, Zolo, and Usopp agree to fight “Saw-Tooth Arlong” and his gang in order to help Nami.

Everything that happens in Volume 10 has to do with the battle with Arlong. Even with devoting a whole volume to the battle, it’s not over by the time Volume 10 finishes. In the final scene, Luffy is fighting Arlong, and Luffy’s dialogue in the final panel is, “Hey! I just thought of something fun!” Uh-oh! Coming from Luffy, this dialogue almost feels ominous. It will be interesting to see what Luffy’s idea of “fun” is at the beginning of Volume 11.

Where Volume Nine focused more on drama and Nami’s backstory, Volume 10 is pretty much focused on action. All of the protagonists involved in the battle seem to be getting pushed to their limits, and Oda keeps upping the ante over the course of the battle. If you enjoy the battles and action in One Piece, then you will definitely enjoy Volume 10.

On the title pages for the chapters, Oda appears to have abandoned the Buggy the Clown side story and is now focusing on Koby, the young man Luffy met at the very beginning of his pirate adventure. Koby is now a chore boy in the navy, and the title pages show what Koby and Helmeppo are doing; unfortunately for Helmeppo, he seems to be having a hard time.

Oda continues to answer questions in the question corner pages. However, I’m starting to suspect that most of the questions being featured at this point weren’t actually sent in by readers. I could be wrong about that, but they feel more like questions Oda came up with so he could give very particular humorous answers. At this point, the question corner pages have become a bit more “hit and miss” for me.

One Piece Volume 10 is a quick read, due in large part to all of the action panels that appear in this volume. If you’re a fan of One Piece, especially of the action and fighting aspects of the series, then you should get a lot of enjoyment out of reading One Piece Volume 10.

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Lesley Aeschliman is a freelance writer who began writing on a full-time basis in 2007. She has served as the Anime editor at BellaOnline.com, and she also writes and maintains two blogs: Lesley's Musings... on Anime and Manga and AeschTunes.