Manga Recommendation: One Piece by Eiichiro Oda

one pieceGenre: Shounen (action) / Comedy

First Released: 1997

Number of vols: 83+

Brief Synopsis: When Monkey D. Luffy accidentally gains the power to stretch like rubber at the cost of never being able to swim again, he and his crew of pirate wannabes set off in search of the “One Piece,” the greatest treasure in the world.

Where can I find it in the library?
This will be on the second floor of the library in the Vortex.

Call Number: YAGRAPHIC ODA

Commentary:

One Piece is a behemoth of a manga (or anime if you prefer, though this will be solely based on the manga). So far in the U.S., there have been 83 volumes released and there’s still more to come! As of writing this, I’m up to volume 18 and have been really enjoying it! I’m trying not to power through it TOO fast because otherwise I’m sure I’ll just get crazy overwhelmed and not go back. With 83 volumes that’s not hard to do!!

I saw the anime a looooooong time ago back when the edit was newish and was done by 4Kids (you can imagine how terrible it was). This put me off the series for a very long time. It wasn’t until I made some friends who really enjoy One Piece to convince me to give it a second shot. I’m so glad I did!

If I could describe One Piece in one word it’d be: overdramatic. Seriously. Characters do not cry in this manga, they SOB. Outright BAWLING TEARS STREAMING DOWN THEIR FACES. They’re not merely happy, they are BURSTING WITH ENERGY OF JOY. They’re not angry, they are RIP YOUR FACE OFF GONNA KICK YOUR BUTT angry. All these elevated emotions make it really fun to read! Luffy is very protective of his friends and crew which makes for a lot of interesting encounters despite how much of a derp he is. His obliviousness gets the crew of the Merry Go into a lot of trouble which makes for interesting events for us as a reader!

If you’ve been hesitant to try it but enjoy humorous action manga I really recommend giving it a shot! It’s super light hearted with deep heartbreaking stories interspersed in between.

Check it out~! ❤
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Ashe

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