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One Piece, Vol. 1: Romance Dawn (One Piece Graphic Novel) Kindle & comiXology
|Length: 200 pages|
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This is currently my favourite manga series for many good reasons !
First of all it's visual style is very strange and unique .... it's very borderline cartoonish , which some people may find a turn off. But if looks turn you off that easily, well I guess you're a shallow one then.
This drawing style simply oozes fun and freedom , which is what this title is all about ! The characters are very expressive and you can sense the unrestrained joy in the characters' chesire cat grins.
Unlike a lot of generic and restrictive styles of anime/manga , this title is full of outlandishly varied character designs .....some are very caricaturist , but you'd be surprised even alot of the weirdo looking characters play important parts !
Secondly this Manga series has really great characterization , probably the best I've seen from a long running title.
All the main characters have a strong background story which explains the way they act and is revealed at the right time.
This gives great development and depth to the characters and make them rather more likable than your typical manga/anime stereotypes.
Another good thing about this manga is that it doesn't take it self too seriously !
It's full of weird and wacky humor which is a refreshing change, from a lot of the over-melodramatic anime/mangas that take themselves too seriously.
There are really funny times throughout this series, a lot of them come from the immature bickering from the main characters, as none of them really get along .... hehe .... which is comedy chemistry gold. Also a lot of great physical comedy and laughable expressions can be found in this title also. Especially considering the strange body morphing powers of some of the characters.
The fight scenes are very imaginative also. A lot of your typical anime/manga battles tend to consist of who can hit/cut the hardest for the longest amount of time or who has the stronger energy blasts ..... but these battles are very imaginative , as the characters have more varied powers with proper weaknesses. The main hero is a rubber man for example and the artist can do all sorts of crazy things with this character visually.
Anyway this is only the first book of many great stories and will set up the background of two of the central characters.
Upon reading the first book , you'll get the idea of the free spirit of this series and you'll most probably like it.
This is my favourite manga and probably the best manga of all time. It is extremely popular in Japan but criminally is ignored everywhere else. It has often been compared with Dragonball but in my opinion it surpasses Toriyama's masterpiece.
One piece follows Monkey D Luffy On his journey to obtain the legendary one piece (The treasure of the pirate king Gold Roger who had conquered the seas). The person who obtains the one piece is given the title PIRATE KING. This first volume follows Luffy as he gathers a crew to conquer the grand line (the place where the one piece is located). His first stop is a naval base town where he meets his first crewmate the swordsman Roranoa Zoro. Luffy joins with Zoro as they fight against the evil captain axe hand Morgan. By the end of the volume we meet the next crewmate the pirate thief Nami.
As a shounen manga which is mostly focused on action surprisingly one piece has great character development both Luffy and Zoro have flashbacks in this volume which really fleshes out their charcters and makes you care about them. The artwork is quirky and can take some getting used to but stick with it and you'll love it. One piece has great action whith combat sequences that are very bizarre and original with Luffy using his gum gum fruit abilities. Just to explain in one piece there is a treasure called a devils fruit this fruit gives the person who eats it a special power at the cost of never being able to swim again, Luffy ate the gum gum fruit which turns his body into rubber and he is now able to stretch. With the devils fruit we get some bizarre action and I can only imagine what other devils fruit abilities will be introduced in the future. Another thing that needs to be mentioned is that this is an incredibly funny manga and this is only magnified by the quirky art style and all the different characters with their own distinct personalities.
One piece is something that gets better with time with over 500 chapters currently it is something that has staying power this is one manga that you have got to give a chance once you have read a few chapters I'm sure you'll be hooked just as I was.
It takes place in a well-detailed -albeit silly- world, where people can obtain super-power eating rare fruits. The main character, Monkey D. Rufy, has eaten one of those fruits that made his body just like rubber. Using his new-found power, he sets forward on a journey to become the most powerful pirate in the world. During his adventures he'll find lots of companions like Zoro the swordsman and Nami the thief, the ones appearing in the firts volume.
One Piece is more like Saiyuki than Dragonball: its main themes are adventure and friendship, not just brawling. Sure, there are fights and they are even cool -given the special fruits and their countless super powers- but they exist as part of the adventure. It's not just saving the world from the enemy-stronger enemy-even stronger one like Dragonball. One Piece will also make you feel real emotions -like Rufy's gratitude and sense of guilt towards Shanks or Zoro's resolution- and sometimes it will even make you cry.
Let me give you an advice: buy this book. Buy the second volume and even the third one -and maybe the fourth one as well. I write from Italy, where One Piece arrived first in July 2001, and right now we are around the 25th volume; One Piece starts slowly but then gradually evolves -both in style and plot- until it becomes, in one word, a masterwork. Believe me.
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