Just a little bit of information. I originally wrote this review on the Volume page of One Piece Volume 46, but I forgot to give it any star rating. Normally, when I've forgotten that, it's reminded me before posting the review. For whatever reason. That didn't happen. So, I tried to delete the review I posted, so I could try again. Now, when I hit Write A Review, The only thing that appears is the o;d review I've written. I can't even seem to repost that review without the star rating. I tried and it wont show up.
One Piece Volume 46 Review
Publisher: VIZ MediaAuthor: Eiichiro OdaRating:
One Piece Vol 46 cover
Adventure / Comedy / Fantasy MSRP:
9 Chapters / 200pg.
Fresh off the Straw Hat's
greatest victory against the Marines
and the World Government's CP-9
and his friends are thrown into another adventure on their way to Fish-Man Island
. First, they have to cross one of most mysterious sea in the Grand Line
, the Florian Triangle
where ships have been disappearing by the hundreds every year. Through a
dense fog, they cross paths with a ghost ship run by a talking skeleton
named Brook with no shadow, and a giant floating island filled with
wild zombies called Thriller Bark
, home of the Shichibukai
, Gecko Moria
has finally found the traitor to the Whitebeard Pirates
and his devil fruit powers are revealed. It's Fire versus to the
incredible power of Darkness. The outcome will be the precursor to the
events that will shake the world and could be the end of the Great
I have to say that this Thriller Bark arc is one of my favorite parts of the One Piece
story. I really wish FUNimation
would hurry to this portion of the story, but we're here to talk about
the manga version. This volume start is the beginning of the Thriller
Bark arc, but the very first chapter was closing out the Enies Lobby
arc (though VIZ calls it the Water Seven
arc) with the closing chapter of Ace's fight with Blackbeard. It's exciting, but the context is missing.
story and art in this volume are great. So many funny moments. If you
are a person who thinks zombies are over used in stories today, This
volume really mixes up the theme in wild ways that only Oda could think
of. Who else would have a patchwork Cerberus
sensitive about being part fox, talking zombies who get offended when
you attack them with fire, and ghosts that break your spirit if they
pass through you?
The story starts off with the crew on the way
to Fish-Man Island, but get detoured when they sail through the Florian
Triangle. There, they come across a living skeleton who's been sailing
adrift on a ghost ship for over fifty years. After that they are caught
in a trap that leaves them no escape from the floating island called
Thriller Bark (who's name is more than likely yet another little nod to Michael Jackson from Oda. The man loves his pop-culture parodies.)
, and Chopper
separated from the rest of the crew and are washed ashore. This puts
the rest of the crew into the position of having nothing better to do
than head in to save them. It's funny, but Nami has a lot of Luffy-esque
scenes this volume that got some laugh-out-loud moments from me. There
is also a little bit of rare fanservice
of Nami in the bath here. It's hilarious when later Usopp thinks she's
trying to trick him into admitting he saw her so she can get him to pay.
Included are some great scenes if you enjoy Luffy's innocent
personality, that makes for one of the best zombie reveal scenes ever;
Something you might not realize is that Oda introduces a character into One Piece
here that is from one of his earliest works, Wanted
and the volume comes with a page-sized sticker of one of the Straw Hat
Pirates. The one in the volume I have has a picture of Chopper. I'm not
sure if it's the same for every volume.. Downside, it advertises the VIZ One Piece
site on it. Why go there, when the Japanese Shonen Jump
has an English site for users?
There is something in the translation work that doesn't make much sense. In the Skypiea
section of the story, VIZ
went out of there way to avoid ever using the word "God" to describe the villain Eneru
despite the fact the name "God" was just a job title in that world.
They replaced it with "Kami", but in this volume they use the word "God"
when talking about that same character. In Chapter 442, Zoro says to
Luffy, "Which one of us here beat up a 'God' on Skypiea?". Why is it
alright to use "God" here, but never in the part of the story it was
actually involved in? VIZ
just seems to be incapable of any level
on consistency to anything. They do something in one volume, then do
another thing later to contradict it.
The first chapter feels a
bit out of place when you are just reading this volume. It's pretty
short but intense. If you were to start here, you wouldn't
have even the slightest clue why they are fighting so intensely. It
shows you the real difference between manga volumes and trades of
comics. Trades are intended to be a completed story, but it's not
uncommon for a manga volume to end in a cliffhanger to entice you to buy
the next one to see how it all ends.
is a great read if you love zombies and are sick and tired of how they
are overused and do nothing new with them. It's a fantastic place to
jump into One Piece
if you've been curious and don't want to
start at the beginning. Everyone in the crew gets some really good
moments. Luffy trying to tame the Cerberus and the first time he sees a
zombie are two of my favorite scenes of One Piece
The SBS (Question Corner)
section is replaced in this volume with a new
feature. Where Oda normally answers questions from his fans. This volume
gives you highly detailed sketches of the new Thousand Sunny
the Straw Hats. I love detail work, such as this. It's volumes like this that really make me regret how VIZ Media
is the licenser in the U.S. for the series and not a better company.
I'll admit that this volume seems to be done pretty well. It's just too
bad they don't use this as an example of how the rest of the series
should be done.
Due to my feelings against VIZ
, I really
wanted to reduce my score a bit, but that didn't seem all that fair
when this particular volume was done pretty well. This is a great part
of the story and you're going to find things in this volume that you'll
never seen in any other series. That's the fun of One Piece
. I'd rate this a solid 5 out of 5. I've read it five times since I got it.
Favorite Moment: CH. 447 - Luffy's first zombie sighting.
Least Favorite Moment: CH. 447 - Attack of the bear rug.
WTF Moment: CH. 447 - An old tree guy and a unicorn are having a drink.
Favorite Character This Volume: Luffy / Nami