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One Piece

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One Piece

Pirates! You can't go wrong with pirates. Plus, there is a hero with a rubber body, clowns, legendary treasure, a long-lost mentor, and more slapstick than you can shake a stick at. ONE PIECE is so silly that it's almost a guilty pleasure.

Determined pirate-to-be Luffy is a manic, peculiarly loyal, increasingly stubborn, and amusingly dim-witted hero. Having been asked to protect his idol pirate captain's straw hat, he has spent his entire life determined to become the king of pirates.  Never mind that he cannot navigate, has no ship, no crew, nor any skill as a thief or fighter. His winning attitude gathers him allies almost despite himself, and the jokes...the jokes are brilliant fun. The visuals alone provoke bursts of laughter, especially as Luffy's rubber limbs start stretching and his more and more ludicrous enemies attempt battle. 

A bit more outrageously cartoony in terms of art than many manga, but the trip around the page is quick, easy to follow, and always funny.

Reviewed by Robin Brenner on October 18, 2011

One Piece
by Eiichiro Oda

  • Publication Date: November 18, 2011
  • Genres: Manga
  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
  • ISBN-10: 1569319014
  • ISBN-13: 9781569319017