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Manga Review: One Piece Volume Four by Eiichiro Oda

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One Piece Volume Four 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; after reading this volume, I would agree with this rating.

In this volume of One Piece, Monkey D. Luffy, Roronoa Zoro, and Nami are trying to help a villager named Usopp. He’s discovered that the butler for a sickly young woman named Kaya is actually a pirate captain who wants to kill her and get her fortune. Unfortunately, Usopp has a reputation for lying and telling tall tales, so the villagers don’t believe Usopp when he tries to warn them of the danger. Even Kaya, who listened to his stories before now, doesn’t believe him.

When the pirates that Kuro, the pirate butler, hired make landfall, Luffy and the others try to stop them from fulfilling their mission. Unfortunately, this storyline is not resolved in this volume, so you have to read Volume Five to find out what happens next.

At the same time I was reading this volume of One Piece, I was also watching the One Piece Season One First Voyage DVD set for the One Piece anime series. The 13 episodes included in that set end in the middle of Volume Four of the manga, so it was interesting to get to see some of this volume in an animated version right when I was reading the manga. When it comes to Kaya’s storyline in Volume Four, I felt that the anime version was a little stronger; however, this is probably due to the fact that the anime could spend the time to build up her character in comparison to the manga source material.

It was also nice to see Zoro back in action after not being able to truly be part of the action due to being injured during most of Volume Three. Nami seemed to have more of a comedic role in this volume, Usopp had some serious aspects mixed with comedy, and Luffy was simply being Luffy. Overall, Volume Four was an enjoyable read; and since it basically ends on a cliffhanger, it makes the reader want to read Volume Five to find out what happens to Kaya.

Throughout this volume of One Piece, Oda answers questions that he received from One Piece readers. These were very informative and very amusing at the same time. It’s worth taking the time to read them when they appear in between the manga chapters.

If you’ve read the previous three volumes of One Piece and enjoyed them, then I suspect that you’ll also enjoy reading Volume Four.

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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.