One Piece 43

Eiichiro Oda – Viz – 2010 – 57+ volumes

Things I love about One Piece #857: Eiichiro Oda’s extremely entertaining author notes at the beginning of the volumes and the SBS corners, which are equal parts informative and hilarious nonsense.  My favorite note in this volume was a bizarre one from a French reader that just asked if Oda had French bread in his house.  Oda called him out on the question, then said that he hoped the reader was still a fan of the series in two years, since that’s how long the SBS corner would take to show up in France.

Also, I have been entertained by the ongoing reader fascination with Wanze, a one-shot villain.  Questions about him seem to keep pouring in, but I think my favorite part was how freaking low he ranked in the popularity poll at the end of the volume.  The readers are just curious, they don’t necessarily like him.

Anyway.  I was a little uncomfortable with the goofy powers on display here with Sanji and Zoro.  They border on the… fantastic.  I’ve always liked that devil fruit is the only magic or unexplainable thing in the One Piece universe, and even that had rules.  Everything else was a fighting technique.  Sometimes you could do superhuman things, like walk up walls or make your body steel or whatever, but it was always plausible.  Catching parts of your body on fire… not so much.  Willing yourself to transform… er.

Tony’s transformation was a little easier to take.  It’s still sad, but I was happy to see everyone stand up for him, and others seemed to be impressed by that, too.

Kalifa and Nami’s fight was pretty amazing.  Kalifa turned out to be way dopier than I originally thought, but that’s all right.  I also like that Nami uses her brains rather than any fighting techniques whatsoever.  Not just the weather thing, but just figuring out a fight in general.  I’m not fond of Nami, but she has her place.

Speaking of places, the absolute best scene in the volume goes to Sniper King, who pulls off the most perfectly heroic save in the series yet.  It made me want to tear up a little, especially after everything he went through, both in the past and in this volume.  He tries so hard, but he is rarely in a situation that gives him the absolute advantage with his special abilities.  Even Sanji and Zoro are super-proud of him.

Other than that… there is a very disappointing fight between Rob and Luffy that is still happening, Robin is relatively safe, the World Government doors are open, and the warships are moving in.  Exciting stuff is coming in the next few volumes.  This story arc is great, and I can’t read it fast enough once again.  I… like Skypiea a little better… but Water 7 is still plenty amazing.


2 Comments on “One Piece 43”

  1. ZeroSD says:

    -Questions about him seem to keep pouring in, but I think my favorite part was how freaking low he ranked in the popularity poll at the end of the volume. The readers are just curious, they don’t necessarily like him.-

    Even by OP standards, his powers are WEIRD!

    - I also like that Nami uses her brains rather than any fighting techniques whatsoever. Not just the weather thing, but just figuring out a fight in general. I’m not fond of Nami, but she has her place.-

    She’s getting to be a fairly strong fighter, in her own way.

    -Other than that… there is a very disappointing fight between Rob and Luffy that is still happening,-

    Yea, as boss-fights go, it definitely doesn’t start out strong.

    -Exciting stuff is coming in the next few volumes. This story arc is great, and I can’t read it fast enough once again. I… like Skypiea a little better… but Water 7 is still plenty amazing.-

    I liked Water 7 better personally, but they’re both pretty good. I think the flaw in both is the pacing could’ve been punched up a bit (like the Rob/Lucci fight, or the fairly long time between when Luffy confronts Enel the first time and the second, where chapters are spent just trying to return to battle). Which is why the next few sagas are some of my favs.

  2. Connie says:

    As much as I like Water 7, part of me wants to rush through it because I’m such a ridiculous fan of Thriller Bark. It’s short, but it’s good about not stretching things out too long.


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