Will a pirate alliance be enough to take down the nefarious Caesar Clown?
Story/Art: Eiichiro Oda
Translation: Stephen Paul
What They Say
As the adventures continue on Punk Hazard, Luffy decides to strike up an alliance with Trafalgar Law. But can he convince the rest of the Straw Hats to go along with it? And will this new team be formidable enough to take down Caesar Clown?
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
With Luffy’s alliance with Law, the crew is finally able to return at least a little back to normal, with Franky and Chopper being placed back in their original bodies. Though Law is a little blindsided by the goofiness of the Straw Hat team, he is able to discuss the plan, in which they have to kidnap Caesar. However, when Caesar sends out his pet, the massive and deadly Slime, things start to look a little tough for our heroes.
After a flashback to Sanji and company’s encounter with the assassins, Luffy and his crew begin their assault, running into Smoker and his men in the process. Though it soon appears that Luffy has managed to capture the cruel scientist, he ends up suddenly collapsing to the ground. To make matters worse, Law is beaten down by Virgo, who was supposed to be a high-ranking Navy officer, but appears to be working with Caesar. On the plus side, Sanji’s group finally manage to reunite the samurai, Foxfire Kin’emon’s, body, and he quickly proves his master swordsmanship by managing to somehow cut through an explosion.
As the volume continues, we see the Navy corruption represented by Virgo, the kids are recaptured by Caesar, and the mad scientist unleashes his deadly gas weapon “Land of the Dead” upon the island, instantly freezing any who come in contact with it. Will our heroes fall prey to Caesar’s machinations, or will they manage to escape from his trap and turn things around?
This is another solid entry that really helps to add some urgency to the arc. Caesar shows that he’s not just a cruel scientist, but also a formidable enemy in a fight as well. Law and Kin’emon nudging their way into the cast is also definitely appreciated, and makes for some interesting new dynamics and gags throughout. And of course, the pressure really builds by the end of the book, putting everyone on the island in danger in the process. Hopefully this can keep going and build to a powerful conclusion, as this volume certainly makes for an interesting read.
Content Grade: B+
Art Grade: B
Packaging Grade: B+
Text/Translation Grade: B+
Age Rating: 13+
Released By: Viz Media
Release Date: September 3rd, 2013