One Piece Vol. #32 (Mania.com)
Review Date: Monday, March 29, 2010
Release Date: Tuesday, February 02, 2010
The Skypiea arc comes to a grand conclusion and a new adventure begins.
Writer/Artist: Eiichiro Oda
Translation: Taylor Eagle
Adaptation: Jake Forbes
What They Say
As the epic battle between the Straw Hats and Eneru moves toward a dramatic finish, the crew must work together if they can ever hope to defeat this powerful enemy. Will they be able to ring the Golden Bell and save Skypiea? Or will this be a foe that even the Straw Hats cannot defeat?
Continuing from the last volume, we find the crew in quite a pinch as Luffy and Nami are waiting for the others to cut down the Giant Jack stalk so they can propel themselves onto Eneru’s flying ship and stop his massive Kingdom Come attack from destroying Skypiea. With the combined efforts of Zolo, Usopp, the giant snake Nola, and even Wyper the stalk finally starts to fall, and Luffy and Nami launch themselves at the craft. However, before he reaches the flying ship, Luffy launches himself into Eneru’s Kingdom Come and discharges it using the gold attached to his arm. Having dispersed the massive attack, Luffy turns his attention on Eneru, withstanding his vicious assault and defeating the villain in a truly impressive attack.
Eneru and his forces are defeated and Skypiea is saved from destruction, leaving the people to piece things back together. In the face of all that they’ve lost, the people of Skypiea are finally able to come together and forget their differences. After the resultant giant party and a little bit of looting, the crew is finally ready to leave Skypiea behind with no regrets.
As the book wraps up, we are treated to the start of a new arc, as the gang arrives in an island where everything is very long (as in giraffe like horses and stretched out dachshunds.) There they meet Tonjit, a man who was trapped on his very tall stilts for ten years until Luffy knocked him down. He explains that the island is really a chain of ten small connected islands that are usually separated by water, and he is part of a nomadic tribe that left him behind during his ordeal. However, his horse Sherry has waited faithfully for him the whole time and they are touchingly reunited… until a short, conniving pirate named Foxy the Silver Fox decides to shoot the horse for no real reason. He then proceeds to challenge Luffy to a “Three-Coin Davy Back Fight” and the volume ends.
This volume is a particularly engaging one as it hits some really great points, both serious and silly. Watching everyone’s ideals play out in the battle against Eneru, and seeing Luffy’s determination to ring the bell that represents so much is really, really inspiring. And yet, at the same time you can’t help but laugh later in the volume looking at all the wacky animals (the snow leopard in particular was hilarious.) Not only that, but you get some really great revelations that tie up Skypiea, some of which you may have even forgotten (such as the giant “monsters” in the shadow of the Emperor Cloud. It’s also really trippy seeing the identity of Eneru’s “Endless Varse.”) All this adds up to make a really great volume that manages to perfectly show off the strengths of One Piece as a series.
Mania Grade: A-
Art Rating: B
Packaging Rating: B+
Text/Translation Rating: B+
Age Rating: 13 and Up
Released By: Viz Media
Orientation: Right to Left
Series: One Piece