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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: 978-1421534510
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: One Piece

One Piece Vol. #35

One Piece Vol. #35 Manga Review

By Matthew Warner     April 01, 2010
Release Date: March 02, 2010


One Piece Vol. #35
© Viz Media

Tensions run high in the crew and in the city of Water Seven.

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

What They Say
Luffy and Usopp try hard to find a way to repair the Merry-Go, but after Usopp is attacked and the money they had saved to repair the ship is stolen, Luffy must make the most difficult decision as a captain yet. What will become of their beloved ship? And where did Robin Nico go?

The Review!

As the book opens, the crew discovers that Usopp is missing, along with a large sum of their money.  A member of the shipbuilding crew soon informs them they saw Usopp being kidnapped by the Franky family, and they spring into action.  Usopp first attempts to get the money back by himself so that the Merry-Go can be fixed (not yet knowing that it can’t be repaired) but is brutally beaten.  In their anger, the rest of the crew goes and obliterates the Franky family house, only to discover that Franky has already left and likely spent the money. 
 
Upon returning, Luffy informs the crew that they’re going to switch ships.  Usopp doesn’t take the news well, and gets into a huge argument with him, ending with Usopp challenging Luffy to a battle for ownership of the Merry-Go.  The ensuing battle is surprisingly intense, as Usopp pulls out all the stops.  Even though Usopp loses in the end, Luffy leaves him with the ship.  
 
As the volume ends, we learn of an attempt on Mr. Iceberg’s life; the blame falls on Robin and, in turn, the crew.  Meanwhile, Luffy finally meets the eccentric Franky in combat, only to find the cyborg (that’s right, turns out he’s a cyborg) is quite a handful.
 
In Summary:
With this volume, the plot of the arc takes an intriguing turn.  As Usopp was primarily treated as comic relief throughout the Skypiea arc, it’s interesting to see his character start to develop and struggle with his feelings of inadequacy.  Meanwhile, it becomes clear that Robin has fallen in with a dangerous crowd, so it’s likely that we’ll start to see her character flesh out as well.  And of course, the crew is once again in a pinch as the entire town of Water Seven seems to have turned against them.  This arc is starting to heat up, and it’ll be interesting to see where it goes from here.

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