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My Impressions of Anime I’ve Recently Seen: One Piece Season Five Voyage Four

Recently, I checked out a copy of One Piece Season Five Voyage Four from my local library system. This set includes episodes 300-312 of the series.

And this set continues on with the Enies Lobby arc, which has been going for quite a while already. Fortunately, this episode only has one filler episode in it; unfortunately, it’s a rather painful filler story. It’s set in Grand Jipangu, where Luffy and the others have different identities in this town. There have been some other filler episodes with the Grand Jipangu location and these versions of the characters, but I haven’t enjoyed a single one of them. Hopefully there won’t be any more in the future.

Luffy’s fight with Rob Lucci just seems to drag on for most of this set, which made it hard for me to stay interested in their battle. Fortunately, other characters’ fights and stories progress in this set a lot faster. I don’t want to give too much away, but I will say that Luffy and Lucci’s fight does actually end before the end of this set. Hooray!

The only other thing I will say is that the last episode on this set ends on a very emotional note. And with the way this ends, it makes me curious as to how the story will progress.

One-Punch Man Is Best Selling Manga for May 2016

Seven manga titles appeared on Nielsen BookScan’s list of the top 20 selling graphic novels of May 2016:

  • One-Punch Man Volume 6 by ONE (#2)
  • Tokyo Ghoul Volume 6 by Sui Ishida (#4)
  • Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 bu Sui Ishida (#7)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 4 by Kohei Horikishi (#9)
  • One-Punch Man Volume 1 by ONE (#14)
  • One Piece Volume 78 by Eiichiro Oda (#15)
  • Tokyo Ghoul Volume 2 by Sui Ishida (#18)

Source: The Fandom Post

New York Times Manga Best Seller List: May 8-14, 2016

Here are the top ten selling manga in the United States for the week of May 8-14, 2016, according to the New York Times.

1. One-Punch Man Volume 6 by ONE and Yusuke Murata

VIZ Media’s release of One-Punch Man Volume 6 holds steady at number one in its second week on the list.

2. One-Punch Man Volume 1 by ONE and Yusuke Murata

VIZ Media’s release of One-Punch Man Volume 1 moves back up one spot to number two in its 37th week on the list.

3. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 by Sui Ishida

VIZ Media’s release of Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 moves back up three spots to number three in its 45th week on the list.

4. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 6 bu Sui Ishida

VIZ Media’s release of Tokyo Ghoul Volume 6 moves up one spot to number four in its fourth week on the list.

5. My Hero Academia Volume 4 by Kohei Horikoshi

VIZ Media’s release of My Hero Academia Volume 4 falls three spots to number five in its second week on the list.

6. Attack on Titan Volume 18 by Hajime Isayama

Kodansha Comics’ release of Attack on Titan Volume 18 moves back up four spots to number six in its sixth week on the list.

7. One Piece Volume 78 by Eiichiro Oda

VIZ Media’s release of One Piece Volume 78 falls three spots to number seven in its second week on the list.

8. The Seven Deadly Sins Volume 14 by Nakaba Suzuki

Kodansha Comics’ release of The Seven Deadly Sins Volume 14 enters the list at number eight.

9. Blue Exorcist Volume 15 by Kazue Kato

VIZ Media’s release of Blue Exorcist Volume 15 enters the list at number nine.

10. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 2 by Sui Ishida

VIZ Media’s release of Tokyo Ghoul Volume 2 re-enters at number ten in its 25th week on the list.

Source: The New York Times

New York Times Manga Best Seller List: May 1-7, 2016

Here are the top ten selling manga in the United States for the week of May 1-7, 2016, according to the New York Times.

1. One-Punch Man Volume 6 by ONE and Yusuke Murata

VIZ Media’s release of One-Punch Man Volume 6 enters the list at number one.

2. My Hero Academia Volume 4 by Kohei Horikoshi

VIZ Media’s release of My Hero Academia Volume 4 enters the list at number two.

3. One-Punch Man Volume 1 by ONE and Yusuke Murata

VIZ Media’s release of One-Punch Man Volume 1 moves back up one spot to number three in its 36th week on the list.

4. One Piece Volume 78 by Eiichiro Oda

VIZ Media’s release of One Piece Volume 78 enters the list at number four.

5. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 6 bu Sui Ishida

VIZ Media’s release of Tokyo Ghoul Volume 6 holds steady at number five in its third week on the list.

6. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 by Sui Ishida

VIZ Media’s release of Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 falls three spots to number six in its 44th week on the list.

7. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 2 – Battle Tendency Volume 3 by Hirohiko Araki

VIZ Media’s release of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 2 – Battle Tendency Volume 3 enters the list at number seven.

8. One-Punch Man Volume 5 by ONE and Yusuke Murata

VIZ Media’s release of One-Punch Man Volume 5 re-enters at number eight in its seventh week on the list.

9. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 5 by Sui Ishida

VIZ Media’s release of Tokyo Ghoul Volume 5 re-enters at number nine in its seventh week on the list.

10. Attack on Titan Volume 18 by Hajime Isayama

Kodansha Comics’ release of Attack on Titan Volume 18 holds steady at number ten in its fifth week on the list.

Source: The New York Times

Manga Review: “One Piece” Volume 18

One Piece Volume 18 focuses on Luffy, a young man who dreams of finding the One Piece and becoming the King of the Pirates someday. As a child, he ate the Gum-Gum fruit, which turned his body into rubber and allows him to stretch himself in crazy ways. Unfortunately, this means that he is no longer able to swim and will drown if he goes into water. But Luffy is determined to achieve his dream, and he is accompanied by his pirate crew, who are known as the Straw Hats.

One Piece Volume 18

Written by: Eiichiro Oda
Publisher: Shueisha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: June 3, 2008

Volume 18 continues Luffy, the Straw Hats, and Vivi’s journey to Alabasta. During this volume, Luffy and his crew encounter two new characters: Bon Clay and Ace. One of these characters has a connection to Baroque Works, while the other has an important connection with Luffy.

But the main focus of this volume is on providing the reader with information about Alabasta and providing development for the country and its people. There’s also an important flashback included that provides backstory for Vivi, as well as for another character who appears will be playing an important role later in the story. There’s also some exposition for Baroque Works as well.

That’s not to say that One Piece Volume 18 is dull, though, because there’s still some action that takes place during the Straw Hats’ journey. It’s not as action-packed as some of the other volumes have been, but this volume is very important for helping the reader understand this new country and some of the newer characters who have been introduced to the series.

When it comes to the art, Volume 18 included several symbols that required an editor’s note to explain them. One of these editor’s note was very important, because it helped to head off potential controversy. Unfortunately, there’s a tattoo on Ace’s back that could have potentially caused readers to become very angry if they didn’t have the context for the tattoo’s design from the editor’s note.

Overall, I enjoyed One Piece Volume 18. It provided some much needed background information, and it also made me like the character of Vivi even more than I already did. Vivi was a fascinating character before this, but between getting the flashback of her past and the backstory for her country, it made Vivi an even more compelling character than she already was. This volume also provided a bit of a break from the action that’s usually prevalent in One Piece.

If you’ve read and enjoyed the previous volumes of the series, then I think you’ll want to read One Piece Volume 18.

New York Times Manga Best Seller List: February 14-20, 2016

Here are the ten best selling manga in the United States for the week of February 14-20, 2016, according to the New York Times.

1. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 5 by Sui Ishida

VIZ Media’s release of Tokyo Ghoul Volume 5 enters the list at number one.

2. Monster Musume Volume 8 by OKAYADO

Seven Seas Entertainment’s release of Monster Musume Volume 8 falls one spot to number two in its second week on the list.

3. 12 Beast Volume 3 by OKAYADO

Seven Seas Entertainment’s release of 12 Beast Volume 3 enters the list at number three.

4. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 by Sui Ishida

VIZ Media’s release of Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 holds steady at number four in its 34th week on the list.

5. Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring by Masashi Kishimoto

VIZ Media’s release of Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring falls three spots to number five in its seventh week on the list.

6. Dragonar Academy Volume 9 by Shiki Mizuchi and Ran

Seven Seas Entertainment’s release of Dragonar Academy Volume 9 enters the list at number six.

7. One-Punch Man Volume 1 by ONE and Yusuke Murata

VIZ Media’s release of One-Punch Man Volume 1 holds steady at number seven in its 25th week on the list.

8. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 2 by Sui Ishida

VIZ Media’s release of Tokyo Ghoul Volume 2 moves back up two spots to number eight in its 21st week on the list.

9. One Piece Volume 77 by Eiichiro Oda

VIZ Media’s release of One Piece Volume 77 holds steady at number nine in its third week on the list.

10. Magika Swordsman and Summoner Volume 3 by Mitsuki Mihara and MonRin

Seven Seas Entertainment’s release of Magika Swordsman and Summoner Volume 3 falls five spots to number ten in its second week on the list.

Source: The New York Times