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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: 978-1421534503
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: One Piece

One Piece Vol. #34

One Piece Vol. #34 Manga Review

By Matthew Warner     March 31, 2010
Release Date: March 02, 2010


One Piece Vol. #34
© Viz Media

Wait new adventures await the crew in the city of water, Water Seven?

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Eiichiro Oda
Translation: JN Productions
Adaptation: Megan Bates

What They Say
Before the Straw Hats can get the Merry-Go fixed they must face the Foxy Pirates in a Davy Fight Back. Will the crew find a way to win the three challenges or will they lose the challenges and their crew? And what's in store when Admiral Aokiji, who knows of Nico Robin's mysterious past, finds them?

The Review!

We rejoin Luffy in the middle of a fierce battle with Foxy.  Although the fight is nearing its climax, Foxy still has a few tricks up his sleeve and manages to put Luffy in a tough spot.  With his fierce determination and a little trick of his own, Luffy manages to come out on top, and decides to take the Foxy Pirates flag instead of one of their crew members.  
 
However, the crew doesn’t have long to rest, as upon returning to Tonjit to deliver the good news, they find the Navy Admiral Aokiji resting there;  he’s a bit lazy and it turns out he simply came to verify Robin’s location, not to fight.  He also decides to lend his aid to Tonjit by freezing over the ocean so that he can catch up with his tribe.  His kindness doesn’t last long, though, as he declares that Robin is a dangerous criminal who can’t be trusted, and that the crew would be better off just dying now.  With that, he begins a brutal attack on the crew, quickly incapacitating Zolo and Sanji, as well as freezing Robin and Luffy completely solid.  Before landing the final blow, he decides to leave the crew alive, as Luffy took down Crocodile.
 
The rest of the volume is spent introducing the city of water, Water Seven, a town built upon the water with a large focus on shipbuilding.  While there, the crew meets Mr. Iceberg, mayor of the town and leader of the Galley-La shipbuilding company, as well as his eccentric shipbuilding crew.  Meanwhile, Robin mysteriously disappears, Usopp is kidnapped by the Franky family (along with a large amount of the money for repairs), and we learn that the Merry-Go cannot be repaired any further.
 
In Summary:
This volume is a bit of a mixed bag, showing a surprisingly intense end to the battle with Foxy, a new devastating enemy in the form of Admiral Aokiji, and a good bit of intrigue as to the nature of the new Water Seven arc.  Some of the new characters, such as Admiral Aokiji, are really interesting to watch, but something about the designs of the characters introduced in Water Seven so far seems a little bland.  Luckily, though, that only really applies to their appearances, as they’re certainly every bit as wacky as the many characters we’ve seen in the past.  Hopefully this arc will begin to pick up with the next volume, as it’s still uncertain as to which direction it will go.  

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