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One Piece, Vol. 1 (Japanese Edition) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-07-09 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 2 user ratings
ISBN:4088725093
LANGUAGE:Japanese

"One Piece, the nearly endless manga series that has captured thousands of hearts all over the world. I have a slight aversion to the skull logo with the hat - for some reason it looks ugly to me. Apart from this prejudice, I had no idea what to expect.

The first chapter, which, as is usual in manga, is somewhat longer than subsequent chapters at around fifty pages, provides a welcome introduction to the world. We meet Luffy, a young boy who dreams of becoming a pirate, but who as of yet is still too young. Then there are bandits, and struggles over sake, and the beginnings of wonderful adventures and Luffy's gummy-limb powers. The first chapter is a self-contained story that I thought sets the scene well.

Then, a few years later, Luffy sets sail for the great unknown, looking for a pirate crew. This red thread meanders through a set of episodic stories, one more outrageous than the other. I enjoyed the sense of development here, how the crewmates are introduced through a series of stories.

Like most adventure manga, there is fighting aplenty, which is made more fun by the fact that Luffy is incredibly stretchy and (so far) seems to be near invincible. Though the tone of One Piece is quite young, I thought some of the fighting was pretty gruesome. The panels during fighting scenes are nice and clear and it's easy to follow the action.

The art is very nice overall, a bit young-ish and reminiscent to me as a reader to Fullmetal Alchemist, and the panels aren't too cluttered. My only gripe is that the female characters all look alike while the male characters are diverse but rather clownish.

I really enjoyed my first foray into the world of One Piece, and I'm looking forward to more maritime adventures of Luffy and his new friends.
" said.

"Read: December 25, 2016
I've never been a fan of One Piece's art style, but boy what a fun experience it is!

I'm going to discuss the chapters in depth as this is the second or third time I'm reading this volume, so I'm putting it under spoiler. Feel free to come discuss with me! :D

Chapter One:
(view spoiler)

"Needless killing doesn't make you a man"

Friendship is everything with a capital E... and sometimes, protecting it might cost you an arm or two, but it's completely worth it. (hide spoiler)]" said.

" Hmm dört puan mı versem beş puan mı versem kararsız kaldım ama dört verdim gitti. :D200 küsür sayfa olsa da manga olduğu için bir sayfada beş ya da en fazla altı cümle oluyor,bu yüzden yarım saatte bitti ve beklediğimden iyi çıktı.Fuardan ikinci cildi de alınacak. :D " said.

"I know that outside of the United States, One Piece is a big deal right now all because of the movie hit that came out over the summer. It is crazy that this story has never taken off in the United States that it has everywhere else. It is a fun story to read with a lot of dynamic characters set in a fantastic backdrop. The start of the story shows how dynamic the story actually be as we get Luffy's origin story and get to see him interact with some of the weaker pirates and the Navy as he goes in search of fame with the King of the Pirate's hidden treasure, One Piece. This story is one of the longest running mangas of all time and the first episode shows why. Luffy and his crew are also some of the most recognizable characters world wide and it is about time that America starts to understand why this is such a great story." said.

"Read up to chapter 698

Ahhh, this is so nostalgic! One Piece is one of the first manga I've read, and to this day it has remained a pleasant memory. But, you know, I expected some sort of conclusion. I absolutely adored the first 200-ish chapters. At the 400 chapter mark I still liked it and there were lots of things happening, so I completely ignored the fact that the story was going nowhere. (view spoiler)" said.

" Какъв по-добър начин да отбележим 20 годишнината на „One Piece” от ревю на първите седем тома, знаменитото начало на епичната (и комична) сага, издадени на български от „Студио Арт Лайн”! Прочетете ревюто на "Книжни Криле":https://knijnikrile.wordpress.com/201... " said.

"One Piece will probably be forever one of my favourite mangas.

The main plot is really easy to understand: Whoever finds the treasure of Gold Roger, the King of the Pirates, will become the new King. And Monkey D. Luffy is one of the pirates that sailed out in the world in order to find the legendary One Piece.

The more the story progresses though, and more characters are introduced, the more complex everything becomes. I can't tell anything because of spoilers, but it really is worth it.

The art may take some time to get used to, but - like I said before -it's worth it.

I highly recommend it to everyone, even to those that haven't read any mangas before.
" said.

"I have finally! read One Piece. It has been like a 'must read' in my list. Why? a) Because it popularity (looks like it is a tie between this and Naruto). b)Because there is going to be a convention in my town next month, and there are always TON of stuff related to One Piece. c) Because my favorites Japanese idols LOVE One Piece.

Honestly I barely had an idea about the manga. I only knew that the MC was Monkey D. Luffy and that it was about pirates. I did not know that Luffy had a special ability (he is the "Rubber man", meaning his body is made of rubber, because he ate something that made him like that). The art is funny. The characters are funny. Talking about big mouths! And that 'laid back' aspect!

There are already a bunch of characters just in the first volume. There is Coby, who is a little boy, physically weak, whinny, but with a big heart (he befriends Luffy very quickly). Then there is the Lieutenant Morgan, who looks like the villain Bane from 'Batman'. And his son is so much like Draco Malfoy! With the whole "I am going to tell my dad", or "Wait until my dad hears about this", so funny! And there is also Zoro, a great swordsman who becomes Luffy's partner in the whole pirate thing.

So far the story is working for me. It is a very 'relaxing' manga.
" said.

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