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  • Art Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Text/Translation Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 13 and Up
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 200
  • ISBN: 978-1421534497
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: One Piece

One Piece Vol. #33

One Piece Vol. #33 Manga Review

By Matthew Warner     March 30, 2010
Release Date: February 02, 2010

A refreshingly silly battle full of plenty of cheating and a heavy dose of afro power.

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Eiichiro Oda
Translation: John Werry
Adaptation: Megan Bates

What They Say
After exploring the newest island, Long Ring Long Land, the Straw Hats meet the Foxy Pirates. Led by Foxy the Silver Fox, these new foes waste no time in challenging Luffy to a high stakes Davy Back Fight. Will Luffy accept the challenge of these dangerous new enemies?

The Review!

In order to get vengeance for the injured horse Sherry and to protect his pride, Luffy accepts Foxy’s challenge of a Davy Back Fight, a series of three challenges for each of which the winner gets a member of the loser’s crew.  As the challenges take a total of seven people and nobody can play twice, everyone is involved in the event, starting with Nami, Robin, and Usopp in a race around the island against a beautiful woman, a shark, and a fishman.  It’s a close battle, as the enemy uses plenty of dirty tricks and has the clear advantage in speed, but the crew manages to pull into the lead through the use of dials from Skypiea and Nami’s navigation skills.  However, right before the goal Foxy interferes and uses his Slow-Slow powers to help his team win the race.  
 
Chopper is then forced to join Foxy’s crew, much to his dismay, and as a result cannot participate in the second event, leaving only Sanji and Zolo to go up against three massive opponents in the second round.  For this challenge, they must play a game called Groggy Ring in which one player on each team is designated as the “ball” and the teams must try to get their opponent’s “ball” into the goal.  Due to Sanji and Zolo’s iffy teamwork, combined with massive cheating with the help of a biased ref, the crew soon ends up in another tough spot.  However, when they finally manage to come together in order to help rescue Chopper, they manage to quickly turn things around.  
 
After entertaining the idea of taking the opponents captain to force a forfeit in the third match, the crew decides to take Chopper back now instead.  The third event is simply a combat battle between Luffy and Foxy which, due to more cheating, takes place on Foxy’s ship.  Of course, Luffy ends up sporting a ridiculous looking afro for the battle, which absolutely makes this volume.  It’s also really great to watch Foxy use his power to slow things down in creative/crazy ways, and to see all of his ridiculously over the top cheating.   However, as the volume wraps up things get a little serious, with Luffy refusing to go down and loose one of his crew members, even if it kills him.
 
In Summary:
After some of the serious, emotional plots in the Skypiea arc, this silly little arc is definitely a breath of fresh air (as great as those parts of Skypiea were, it’s nice to get back to the silliness.)  When you have Luffy running around in an Afro fighting a guy who’s throwing everything from exploding faces to giant robots at him, you can’t help but laugh.  Hopefully the conclusion to this fight can manage to be every bit as enjoyable as it has been to this point. 
 

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Umagon 3/30/2010 7:29:51 AM

The artwork is probaly some of the best if manga history. He does so many things that other artists don't do, whether it's because of his skill or that he just puts more time and care into each drawing.

and, lol Naruto. once you grow up and get a few years older, you'll understand why it's a bad series.

insaneben 3/30/2010 9:32:01 AM

Mods, please delete smooth81's account and delete his post. Look at his profile and you'll see he's clearly a spambot.

Thanks in advance.

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