QBD Reviews: One Piece by Eiichiro Oda

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A manga series (probably better to call it an epic now) created by pirate loving author and illustrator Eiichirō Oda. This series follows the character Monkey D. Luffy and his quest to find the coveted 'One Piece' and become the Pirate King of the New Age. Along the way, he picks up a crew consisting of a whole cast of characters: Zoro the swordsman aiming to be the greatest, user of the Three Sword style (this requires the use of a katana between his teeth). There is also the all important cook, Sanji who considers himself to be quite the womanizer, intent on searching for the great ocean, All Blue, said to contain every fish. Laugh, cry and enjoy a wildly fun journey masterfully told and drawn.

One Piece is certainly an interesting manga series. Spanning over 800 chapters and currently over 60 volumes translated into English, it is certainly quite the phenomenon. The one question that I cannot seem to answer about this series is this, what makes it so enjoyable? The art style certainly is unique, though I know that has turned some people off it. The story is slightly clichè, though still told well with plenty of emotional highs, lows and twists. Or maybe it uses the magic of adventure, the wanderlust of things unknown. Whatever the case may be, this is one manga series that certainly deserves its place among the greats.