ONE PIECE 60
Author: 尾田栄一郎 (Eiichiro Oda) (2010)
jusco’s Rating: ★★★1/2
Volume 60. Who knew the series would last this long? Just proves the brilliancy of it.
The first half of this latest volume covers a flashback of Luffy and Ace, and the second half touches upon the events after the ‘big war’, finally resurrecting the appearance of the rest of Luffy’s crew (I did miss them). It’s obviously setting the stage for a grand new story arc. The flashback was particularly emotion provoking and the post-war situation was especially exciting, in anticipation for what is to come next (though of course that means more gut-wrenching patience for the next volume, as always). Luffy’s crew’s dedication and their love for their leader were extremely apparent in this volume. Ah, the beauty of friendship. It’s hard to review this without spoiling anything, but I found this volume to be much more solid compared to previous volumes. The previous ones were exciting but there was just too much for Mr. Oda to handle and at times it got out of hand.
ONE PIECE is the manga to read. It is the ‘IN’ thing right now and quite honestly has been for the past 11 years. If you haven’t checked it out yet, I strongly recommend you start from Volume 1. Yes, 60 volumes is a rather daunting challenge but you won’t be able to stop reading once you start, I can guarantee that. The premise is simple. Luffy and his pirate crew face countless challenges that stand in the way of Luffy’s ultimate dream: to become the Pirate King. It invokes every emotion. It will make you laugh, cry and cheer them on as if the characters were your best friends. The importance of friendship is greatly appreciated and touched upon in this series. Hands down, one of the greatest manga series ever created.