One Piece (ワンピース) Manga Review

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Ah, One Piece.

One of the most popular manga series around the world, and for very good reason. It is an adventure series created by Eiichiro Oda and gives the reader an immersion into a universe where pirates sail the seas. If you enjoy action with lots of adventure and a colourful, creative cast of characters then keep reading to find out more!

What One Piece (ワンピース) Is About

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Author(s): Eiichiro Oda
Artist(s): Eiichiro Oda
Known As: Đảo Hải Tặc, Wan pis, Wan Pīsu, Большой куш, Ван Пис, וואן פיס, وان پیس, ون بيس, วันพีซ, ワンピース, 海贼王, 航海王, 원피스
Official Translation(s): English, Japanese
MangaDex: Title Index
Status: On-going
Genres: Action, Comedy, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

A Small Synopsis

A teenage boy named Luffy with the power to turn into rubber vows to become the next Pirate King.

Where to read One Piece (ワンピース)

The official translated version of One Piece can be found here on VIZ. The original RAW translation can be found over at Shonen Jump.

There are unofficial fan translated English versions that can be found on scanlation sites such as MangaDex.

What Is Good About One Piece (ワンピース)

The Plot

Oda’s genius way of storytelling is what makes this story so incredible. Each character, minor or major, always has so much depth and development to them which makes the reader want to learn more about them. I even found myself breaking my heart over several moments that made us all reach for the nearest tissue box.

You WANT to see our main cast succeed and I really love that. It shows just how well Oda can tell such a simple story about a group of friends wanting to have a grand adventure into a deep, well-thought-out tale of corruption, sorrow and overcoming hardships. It’s truly incredible.

What Is Bad About One Piece (ワンピース)

Story Arcs

Do not, I REPEAT, do not jump to conclusions with this entry.

I think the story-telling aspect of One Piece is fantastic. However, this was the only “con” I could really think of as some arcs are a lot longer than others. During Dressrosa, I took to forums and saw a lot of other fans also thought this way about this arc in particular. Despite this minor nitpick, I still do enjoy Dressrosa, I just feel like the pacing was a little off sometimes.

Plot Armour

Do I… Need to explain this?

…Okay. So an example of plot armour being used to a RIDICULOUS degree would be when Trafalgar Law used his Gamma Knife on Donquixote Doflamingo which was a finishing blow. However, somehow Doflamingo was able to use his String-String devil fruit to patch up his destroyed internal organs. I know this is a fictional manga about super-powered pirates but come on.

Overall Conclusion

Please, please, PLEASE: If you haven’t checked this manga out yet, do so!

It’s a beautiful story filled with characters you fall in love with. I definitely recommend this manga for any new or old readers alike.

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Let me know if you have read One Piece or are thinking of picking it up in the comments below! Be sure to share this with your friends and make them aware of this awesome Manga.

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One Piece (ワンピース)
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