One Piece Volume Seven is a manga by Eiichiro Oda, and it was published by Viz Media’s Shonen Jump imprint in 2005. 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 Seven picks up exactly where Volume Six ended. Luffy, Sanji, and the fighting cooks of the oceangoing restaurant Baratie continue fighting against Don Kreig and his pirates for control of the restaurant. In the first chapter, a new member of Don Krieg’s crew is introduced: Invincible Pearl. Pearl is a rather freaky-looking character who wears a whole bunch of shields to protect himself. Sanji ends up having to battle the newcomer.
There’s also a flashback sequence in this volume that explains how Sanji met Chef Zeff, and the bond that they share. In the anime adaptation of One Piece, this flashback appears earlier in the story than it does in the manga; and if I’m recalling correctly, the anime version of the flashback cut out one or two things in the manga telling of the same events. In both mediums, I thought the flashback was very effective, and it helps the reader (or viewer, in the case of the anime) better understand Sanji as a character.
This volume also reveals an important fact about Gin, the pirate that Sanji gave food to back in Volume Five. As a reader, this was a revelation I hadn’t anticipated; however, it does add an interesting element to the story. Unfortunately, this storyline is still not resolved at the end of Volume Seven, so you have to read Volume Eight in order to find out how it will play out.
Oda continues to use the title pages for most of the chapters to tell the story of what happens to Captain Buggy and his crew after they were defeated by Luffy. While this “story” may only be told one page at a time this way, it’s actually just as amusing to follow this “story” as it to read the actual story in this One Piece volume. Oda also dedicates some pages in this volume for answering fan questions; there’s also a non-One Piece drawing that he shares, as well as the results of a Japanese popularity poll for the One Piece characters. As usual, Oda’s responses to the questions are amusing to read. I also liked seeing the results of the popularity poll.
Volume Seven contains all of the action and humor that readers have come to expect from the One Piece manga; it also has a dramatic moment through Sanji’s flashback. I thought that Volume Seven was a satisfying read, and I can’t wait to read Volume Eight in order to find out what happens to Luffy and the others.