Luffy, Zolo, and a thief named Nami get tangled up with Buggy the Pirate after Nami steals a map to the Grand Line and pretends Luffy is her boss she stole it for. Luffy is captured, and Zolo inadvertently rescues three of Buggy’s crew who Nami stranded previously. Buggy also has mysterious powers from eating a devil’s fruit, though not the same powers as Luffy. Buggy and his crew have been terrorizing a village and using buildings as target practice for their cannonballs. Luffy tries to convince Nami to become part of his crew after discovering that she is a great navigator, but Nami refuses to become a pirate. Luffy continues to learn what treasure can mean to different folks and creatures as he discovers a dog guarding a Pet Food store for his owner and the mayor who feels the town is his treasure.
There are some really heart-felt moments in this volume as Oda explores what treasure is and how it can be meaningful moments and objects, not just shining jewels. Most of the development is happening around Luffy, however, as it’s not completely evident that he’s particularly learning and growing, but the other characters are experiencing growth or changing their perspective of him. This might be one of those series what’s the audience changes and grows rather than the main character.
Sara's Rating: 8/10
Suitability Level: Grades 7-12
Publisher: VIZ Media
Publication Date: December 16, 2003
ISBN: 9781591160571 (Paperback)
Reviews of previous volumes in this series: vol 1
Tags: Rating: 8/10, Suitability: Middle School, Suitability: High School, Manga, Action Adventure, Humor, VIZ Media
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