One Piece Vol. #49 (

By:Matthew Warner
Review Date: Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Release Date: Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Will the Straw Hats be able to defeat the combined forces of the massive Oars and the diabolical Gecko Moria?

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Eiichiro Oda
Translation: HC Language Solutions
Adaptation: Jason Thompson

What They Say
In their effort to help their new friend the skeletal Brook regain his shadow from Gecko Moria and his army of zombies, Luffy, Sanji and Zolo lose their shadows too! A human with no shadow will die if sunlight hits them! Can the crew defeat their enemies and get their shadows back before the sun rises?

The Review!

Following from the last volume (and after a short aside as Nami defeats the already weakened Absalom), we find the crew faced with the seemingly impossible task of taking down the massive zombie Oars, who contains Luffy’s shadow.  To make matters worse, Luffy is nowhere to be found.  With an impressive display of teamwork, they are able to damage the monster, but Oars refuses to stay down.  Meanwhile, Nami watches in terror as the fearsome Bartholomew Kuma appears on Thriller Bark and effortlessly dispenses of Perona.  
Things soon take a turn for the worse, as Moria decides to step into the fray himself by riding in a “cockpit” in Oars’ stomach, allowing the massive beast more tactical power and even the ability to stretch, allowing him to properly utilize Luffy’s repertoire of moves.  As a result of this increase in power, the crew is quickly put in quite a pinch as Robin’s shadow is also stolen and the salt that Brook retrieved to defeat Oars is countered by Moria’s shadow powers.  Just in the nick of time, Luffy jumps in, supercharged by the power and experience of 100 shadows that were stuffed into his body.  With this increase in power, and a well worked out team play from the crew, Oars is defeated and seems the day is won, just in time for the rising of the sun.  Unfortunately, Moria isn’t ready to give up yet, and sucks all of the shadows of Thriller Bark into himself, pumping the power of 1000 shadows into his body.  Will the Straw Hats be able to counter Moria’s desperate final attack?
In Summary:
An all around great volume, containing a fantastic battle against a powerful foe that requires some of the most creative teamwork the crew has ever had to use (and even some of the goofiest techniques they’ve ever used, such as the “Giant Robot Warrior, Big Emperor”).  The desperation here is almost palpable in these pages, as the enemy continues to rise and prove its insane strength, but the crew refuses to give up.  A fantastic volume that will hopefully lead into a fantastic conclusion to the Thriller Bark arc.   

Mania Grade: A-
Art Rating: B
Packaging Rating: B+
Text/Translation Rating: B+
Age Rating: 13 and Up
Released By: Viz Media
MSRP: 9.99
Pages: 208
ISBN: 978-1421534657
Size: B6
Orientation: Right to Left
Series: One Piece