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One Piece: New World Volume 69 by Eiichiro Oda (a J!-ENT Manga Review)

January 2, 2014 by  



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Heavy hitting action in the latest manga volume of “One Piece: New World”!  It’s an all-out war as the Straw Hat Pirates, the Navy and Trafalgar Law take on Caesar Clown, Vertigo, Monet and more in volume 69 of “One Piece: New World”!

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Image courtesy of © 1997 Eiichiro Oda. All Rights Reserved.

MANGA TITLE: One Piece: New World Volume 69

STORY AND ART BY: Eiichiro Oda (尾田 栄一郎)

FIRST PUBLISHED IN JAPAN: Shueisha, Inc.

PUBLISHED IN USA BY: VIZ Media, LLC

RATED: T for Older Teen

Available on December 3, 2013

The Straw Hat pirates have finally arrived in the dangerous waters of the New World. On a mysterious island called Punk Hazard, Luffy and his crewmates run into all sorts of trouble. And controlling things from behind the scenes is a rogue scientist and weapons creator, Caesar Clown. Luffy and Trafalgar Law enter into a pirate alliance in order to defeat Caesar, but the mad scientist unleashes a deadly gas all over the island. As Luffy goes after Caesar, Trafalgar Law puts his plan into action.

It’s an all out war on Punk Hazard as The Straw Hat Pirates along with Naval G-5 (Vice Admiral White Chase Smoker and Captain Tashigi) have joined forces but also along with one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea, Trafalgar Law to take on the crazed and wanted-government scientist, Master Caesar Clown, Monet and Vice Admiral Vergo!

What happens when the group takes on the terrifying Caesar Clown?  And will they stop him before he releases deadly gas on the entire island?

Find out in “One Piece: New World” Vol. 69!

What is “One Piece”?

“ONE PIECE” is a popular anime series based on the popular manga series serialized in Shonen Jump by Eiichiro Oda. Suffice to say, “ONE PIECE” is the highest selling manga for Weekly Shonen Jump and its popularity has extended to various anime (via the TV series, OVA and films) and video games in America and also worldwide. The series is so popular, the episode count currently in Japan is over 540 episodes, one of the longest running anime series in Japan.

“ONE PIECE” is an adventure anime about a young man named Monkey D. Luffy who gained enormous strength (and stretching abilities) after eating a magical demon fruit. He eventually teams up with a group of pirates and have the name “The Straw Hats”. Luffy’s driven to one day obtain the most sought out treasure known as “One Piece” and eventually become the King of the Pirates.

So far in “One Piece: New World”, after the death of his older brother Ace, Luffy has since vowed to get stronger and learn more fighting moves. But in order to do that, he had to commit himself to training for two years. And now, the group have reunited in order to get to the New World.

But the New World may be a bit of a challenge since its literally in the bottom of ocean. The first half features The Straw Hats who are being chased by other pirates in order to get down to the ocean floor, while the second half features the Straw Hat Pirates reuniting with the mermaid Camie and being taken to Fish-Man Island. Unfortunately, The Straw Hats have come at the wrong moment as the antagonist Mer-Men known as Hody and Vander Decken have joined forces to crush Neptunes army and bring ruin to the Kingdom of Ryugu.

As the Straw Hats were ambushed by Captain Hody Jones and his New Fish-Man Pirates, Hody has planned for the destruction of the Ryugu Kingdom and to eliminate anyone who tries to make peace with humankind.

Princess Shirahoshi and her brothers want peace and try to make their stand against them. And to come to their aid are the Straw Hat Pirates!

In volume 67 of “One Piece: New World”, the adventures of the Straw Hat Pirates takes them to an ominous island. Pursued by the Navy led by Smoker, the group end up in an island that appears to have volcanoes and ice mountains. But when the group are split up and separated between the front and backside of the island, what will they find?

Meanwhile, as the Navy pursues the Straw Hat Pirates, the come upon one of the most notorious pirates out there…Trafalgar Law! And the fight ends quickly as Trafalgar Law shows his great power and switches the bodies of various Straw Hat Pirates including the Navy.

In volume 68, the group realize that Trafalgar Law is not the enemy but something bad is taking place in the island of Punk Hazard, experiments on children and also an immortal samurai named Foxfire Kin’emon. With Sanji and Nami wanting to help these individuals, they run into trouble when a big black poisonous blob starts to show up in the middle of the sea.

Meanwhile for Luffy, Trafalgar Law and others, they must take on Master Caesar Clown, Dr. Vegapunk’s former colleague and an authority on weapons of mass-murder who is wanted by the government. But can they beat Caesar Clown?

In volume 69, it’s an all-out war as Vergo reveals to his crew that he and Master Casesar Clown are working together and now it’s a fight for survival as Chopper, Nami, Robin and Usopp try to rescue the children, Smoker takes on Vergo, Luffy takes on Master Caesar Clown and Zoro and Capt. Tashigi take on Monet.

The Straw Hat Pirates consists of:

Monkey D. Luffy – A 17-year-old guy who is the captain of the Straw Hat Pirates and dreams to be a pirate king by getting his hands on the “ONE PIECE” artifact. When he was young, he accidentally ate a devil fruit which made his body rubbery and can stretch and blow up. An airhead of sorts, loves to eat but always believes and fights for his friends.

Roronoa Zoro – A 19-year-old skilled swordsman. A skilled and very strong fighter. Wants to be the greatest swordsman in the world.

Nami – The navigator of the group. The main female crew member and really good at weapons.

Usopp – A 17-year-old marksman. A talented inventor and artistic. Known by his long nose, his marksmanship with slingshots and weapons are great.

Sanji – The chef of the crew. A skilled fighter that uses only kicks in battle and is passionate towards Nami.

Tony Tony Chopper – A reindeer with a blue nose. Ate a devil fruit known as human-human fruit which makes him human in someways but keeping his reindeer look. Able to speak to humans, walk upright and also able to have transformations to become a huge beast. But his talent is his medical skills as he was trained by the Doctrine to become a doctor. Has very low self-confidence because he had been treated badly not only by his kind but also by humans and has not really had a friend but the Doctor and Doctrine.

Nico Robin – The former Vice President of Baroque Works who became a member of Straw Hat Pirates despite some of the crew not trusting her since she was a former enemy. Has the ability to use her body parts and project them elsewhere and other mysterious abilities not yet known.

Franky (aka Cutty Flam) – A cyborg who can rebuild his body using pieces of metal and his dream is to build a ship and become its shipwright and sail to the end of the world.

Brook (aka “Dead Bones”) – A musician and a skeleton who was resurrected by the Revive-Revive Fruit. An excellent musician and fencer.

Smoker the White Hunter – A Marine officer stationed at the G-5 base who is in pursuit of Monkey D. Luffy.

Trafalgar Law – The captain and doctor of the Heart Pirates and one of the eleven pirates known as part of “The Eleven Supernovas”. Law is also looking for One Piece! But what is he doing in Punk Hazard Island?

Tashigi – A Marine Officer serving under Vice Admiral Smoker.

Caesar Clown – A former colleague of Vegapunk and the main antagonist. An expert in chemical weapons of mass destruction and a demented scientist operating on innocent people.

The whole Punk Hazard arc has been nothing but pure excitement and with volume 69, this is an all-action volume as Chopper, Nami, Robin and Usopp try to rescue the children, Smoker takes on Vergo, Luffy takes on Master Caesar Clown and Zoro and Capt. Tashigi take on Monet.

It’s definitely intense as every page is full of crazy all-out action!  You can’t help but be appreciative of Eiichiro Oda’s work because jam packs this volume with so many characters, not just the Straw Hat Pirates, the Navy and Caesar’s group but you have all these secondary characters on Punk Hazard and he tries to utilize so many characters to fill p a panel.  It’s definitely one of his most complex work because so many figures are utilized and everything flows together perfectly.

The action sequences are really hardcore and for the most part, they are battles to the death.

But lurking in the shadows appears to be another antagonist, so it will be interesting to see how this arc develops after this all-out war.

Overall, I’m very impressed by the amount of action featured in vol. 69 of “One Piece: New World”.  The storyline and artwork by Eiichiro Oda is magnificent and this volume is highly recommended!

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