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Manga Review: One Piece Volume Five by Eiichiro Oda

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One Piece Volume Five is a manga by Eiichiro Oda, and it was published by Viz Media’s Shonen Jump imprint in 2004. The series is rated “T” for teens; from what I’ve read of the One Piece series so far, I would agree with this rating.

Volume Five continues exactly where Volume Four left off. Luffy, Zolo, and Usopp work at trying to defeat Captain Kuro and the pirates, while Nami works at helping herself to the pirates’ treasure. The three boys who make up Usopp’s Pirate Crew are given the task of protecting Kaya, the sickly young woman who Kuro is trying to kill and obtain her fortune.

After this storyline resolves, the next One Piece story arc begins. Luffy, Zolo, Nami, and Usopp are sailing the seas, and end up going to an ocean restaurant in order to try and find a cook to join their crew. At the restaurant, Luffy and the others have a run-in with the Minister of the Navy. When Luffy is shot at with a cannon, he uses his rubber abilities to deflect it; unfortunately, he sends the cannonball flying toward the restaurant instead of the ship from which it originated.

While Luffy is trying to make amends with the restaurant’s owner, Luffy and his crew encounter Sanji, the assistant chef. He has a violent temper if he sees someone wasting food. Luffy is determined to make Sanji the cook for his crew. Unfortunately, this storyline doesn’t conclude in this volume, so you have to read Volume Six to find out what happens next.

I thought Oda did a great job resolving the first story arc in Volume Five. It’s basically a bit of a “feel good” ending, but I think it works and I was satisfied with it. From what I’ve seen of Sanji so far, I think he’s got a lot of potential as a character, and has the potential to add a new dynamic to an already motley crew if he joins up with Luffy and the others.

For the title pages of most of the chapters in this volume, Oda drew situations of what happened to Captain Buggy and his crew after their fight with Luffy; I thought these pieces of art were rather amusing. There’s also  sketches of some One Piece characters, as well as information about the anime and a page where Oda answers some fan questions. I enjoy reading Oda’s amusing responses to these questions.

Oda is still doing a great job establishing the world of One Piece, as well as developing Luffy’s crew as they continue on their voyage to the Grand Line. If you’ve read and enjoyed the previous three volumes of One Piece, you should also find enjoyment in reading Volume Five.

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