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One Piece: New World Volume 72 by Eiichiro Oda (a J!-ENT Manga Review)

January 1, 2015 by  



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The amount of action featured in vol. 72 of “One Piece: New World” and the continuation of the fighting tournament will no doubt be exciting as Luffy must take on the toughest competitors in the planet. Once again, the storyline and artwork by Eiichiro Oda is magnificent and this volume, as with any other volume in the “One Piece” manga series is highly recommended!

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MANGA TITLE: One Piece: New World Volume 72

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 September 2, 2014

Luffy and his crew arrive in the kingdom of Dressrosa, where Doflamingo has prepared a clever trap for them. Can Trafalgar Law get them out of trouble? And will Luffy win the fighting tournament and claim the prize, his late brother’s Flame-Flame Fruit?

Luffy and friends arrive in the port town of Acacia to search and destroy factories that would be used for evil deeds. But when Luffy finds out that at the Corrida Coliseum in Dressrosa, people will be competing for his brother Ace’s Flame-Flame devil fruit, wanting to make sure that his brother’s devil fruit isn’t used for evil, Luffy will do all he can to win the tournament and hide the devil fruit.

In vol. 72 of “One Piece: New World”, Luffy under the disguise as “Lucy” must ensure he wins his block in order to compete with the other winners of different blocks in a tournament for the flame devil fruit.  But standing in his way is Don Chin Jao, the 12th Chief of the Happosui Army who was disgraced by Luffy’s grandfather.  And now Don Chin Jao wants to take his anger out on Luffy.

Can Luffy defend himself from the enormous behemoth?

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.

As Luffy and friends team up with Trafalgar and Caesar in order to destroy the factories that have been experimenting on people, Luffy and friends (who are in disguise) find out that the winner will win Ace’s Flame-Flame Devil Fruit.

Disguised as “Lucy”, Luffy starts to learn that that the toughest competitors are taking part in the tournament including the pirates Bellamy, Bartolomeo, Blue Gilly, Elizagello II and many more.

But as Luffy tries his best to disguise himself as an old man named Lucy, his grandfather shows up and may cause some trouble.

Meanwhile, Trafalgar Law’s team tries to survive at the wild forests in Greenbit but what happens when they come across the little people known as the Tontattas?

In vol. 72, can Sanji survive after being caught by Violet, an assassin of the Don Quixote Family (Trebol Army).  Can Nami and Brook work together to defeat Giolla  of the Don Quixote Family’s Trebol Army?  Who will help Nico Robin and Usopp?  And will Luffy be able to survive against Don Chin Jao, gangster from Kano, formerly the 12th Chief of the Happosui Army.  Especially since Don Chin Jao wants revenge for what Luffy’s grandfather did to him?  And wants to transfer that revenge onto Luffy!

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.

Don Quixote Doflamingo – One of the Seven Warlords of the sea and a weapons broker who goes by the name of “Joker”.

With the latest volume of “One Piece: New World”, the tournament begins to heat up as the tournament narrows down to the champs of each block, meanwhile a few of the Straw Hat Pirates find themselves taking on members of Don Quixote’s army.

Similar to the last volume which featured a long list of characters, “One Piece” fans can expect the same as so many characters are featured and so much action as Sanji finds himself captive by Violet, an assassin of the Don Quixote Family (Trebol Army).  Can Nami and Brook work together to defeat Giolla  of the Don Quixote Family’s Trebol Army?  And will Luffy be able to survive against Don Chin Jao, gangster from Kano, formerly the 12th Chief of the Happosui Army.  Especially since Don Chin Jao wants revenge for what Luffy’s grandfather did to him?  And wants to transfer that revenge onto Luffy!

Suffice to say, the actions are chaotic and for those who are longtime readers of “One Piece”, will know what to expect with this manga volume featuring many characters and many battle scenes, and surprisingly, as many action manga are quick readthroughs, Oda still mentions to add a lot to the plot with each panel.  So, I found myself taking my time in reading the entire manga series within a few days time.

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 and the competitors but you have all these secondary characters who are in competition, that Oda spends a good time with a few of them.. It’s definitely one of his most complex work because so many figures are utilized and everything flows together perfectly.

With a major tournament beings setup for the next volume, one can expect nothing but an action-packed storyline and the usual “One Piece” humor that people love!

Overall, the amount of action featured in vol. 72 of “One Piece: New World” and the continuation of a major fighting tournament will no doubt be exciting as Luffy must take on the toughest competitors in the planet. Once again, the storyline and artwork by Eiichiro Oda is magnificent and this volume.  An as with any other volume in the “One Piece” manga series is highly recommended!

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