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Mania Grade: B+

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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: 208
  • ISBN: 978-1421534688
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: One Piece

One Piece Vol. #52

One Piece Vol. #52 Manga Review

By Matthew Warner     July 23, 2010
Release Date: June 01, 2010

One Piece Vol. #52
© Viz Media

Will the Straw Hats be able to survive the powerful Navy forces descending upon the Sabaody Archipelago?

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Eiichiro Oda
Translation: HC Language Solutions
Adaptation: Megan Bates

What They Say
In his effort to save Camie from being sold to the highest bidder, Luffy attackd an exalted Celestial Dragon which has given the Navy the green light to send the Admirals in after him. But the Straw Hats get help from an unexpected source--a mysterious outlaw who knows all about Gold Roger, the original King of the Pirates!

The Review!

Things look dire as this volume opens, with the auction house containing the Straw Hats completely surrounded by Navy forces.   Luckily, help soon arrives in the form of an old man named Rayleigh, who turns out to be both the man the crew was looking for to coat the ship and the former right-hand man of Gold Roger.  Along with his help, as well as that of 100+ million bounty rookies Captain Kid and Trafalgar Law, the Navy forces are swiftly defeated and Hachi, Camie, and the crew are able to escape.  
Rayleigh then fills the crew in on the past of Gold Roger, and offers to help by coating their ship, which will take the next three days.  However, these three days won’t pass easily, as Admiral Kizaru has arrived.  Several of the rookies attempt to take him down, but their combined forces still can’t even come close to defeating him.  As if that wasn’t bad enough, the pirates soon run into what appears to be Bartholomew Kuma… but is actually a Navy machine.  Despite not actually being the Warlord of the Sea it appears to be, the machine still appears to be nearly invincible.  The crew eventually finds a weak spot and defeats it, but is seriously wounded in the process.  Unfortunately for the crew, another powerful adversary from the Navy named Sentomaru appears with yet another of the powerful Kuma-look-alike robots, named Pacifistas.  As if that wasn’t enough, both Admiral Kizaru and the real Bartholomew Kuma also appear before the crew, and Zolo disappears after a mere touch from Kuma’s hand.  How will the 
Straw Hats possibly escape from this dire situation?
In Summary:
This volume manages to be quite enjoyable due to the huge number of new, interesting characters introduced, but feels a bit too hectic as a result.  It is pretty fun seeing all the rookies’ unique powers at play, as well as the overwhelming power of Admiral Kizaru, but as a result of this, though there are a great number of battles, none are particularly long or developed.   However, this volume does also have something else going for it, as we finally get some back story and answers as to the voyages of the pirate king Gold Roger.  With all of the new characters on the move, including a character that actually voyaged with Gold Roger, things are certainly starting to get exciting. 


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