With this volume, we conclude the action of Buggy the Clown and set sail once more. There’s a brief adventure on an almost uninhabited island where the small crew gain some fruit and another lesson about what’s really important in life, and it’s not always treasure. Then, it’s off to another village to hopefully get some real supplies, even though Luffy is sure that he’s lucky enough to not need things like food and water. In this village, they meet Captain Usopp who is captain of nothing but tall tales and a few village kids who like to pretend they’re pirates. Usopp is a favorite of the local well-to-do Miss Kaya, to the chagrin of her butler who thinks it shameful she would associate with the town lowlife. But it doesn’t take long for Luffy and Usopp to uncover a foul plot in this town.
Luffy continues to act unconventionally and is his own comic relief while being the leading man. When others would listen to the bad guys reveal the plot and slink away to foil them, Luffy does the exact opposite and marches forward to confront them and reveal how much he's heard. Oda is also pretty inventive with new ways for Luffy to to use his stretchy powers, which keeps it fresh and entertaining. There are some Q&A pages with write-in from fans that show Oda's humor as well where he subtly pokes fun at the fans who suggest ludicrous powers for Luffy, but there are also some interesting hidden nuggets of information about characters in these pages.
Sara's Rating: 8/10
Suitability Level: Grades 7-12
Publisher: VIZ Media
Publication Date: June 8, 2004
ISBN: 9781591161844 (Paperback)
Reviews of previous volumes in this series: vol 1, vol 2
Tags: Rating: 8/10, Suitability: Middle School, Suitability: High School, Manga, Action Adventure, Humor, VIZ Media
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