- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: VIZ Media LLC (June 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1569319014
- ISBN-13: 978-1569319017
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One Piece, Vol. 1: Romance Dawn Paperback – June 25, 2003
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About the Author
Eiichiro Oda began his manga career at the age of 17, when his one-shot cowboy manga Wanted! won second place in the coveted Tezuka manga awards. Oda went on to work as an assistant to some of the biggest manga artists in the industry, including Nobuhiro Watsuki, before winning the Hop Step Award for new artists. His pirate adventure One Piece, which debuted in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 1997, quickly became one of the most popular manga in Japan.
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It's pretty much like the anime so far but it showed more back story so it was still new and fresh. I liked the little fun sections like character history and how-to-draw pages. Sometimes it was a little hard to tell what was going on because there was so much happening in a panel, but overall I got the gist of it and the story itself is interesting. Zolo (Zorro) especially has an interesting back story.
The overall setting of One Piece, when piracy is in it's golden age, is always fun.
So far the characters are just like in the anime, though Zorro is called "Zolo" here. Not sure if I will ever be able to get over that change.
Anyway, Luffy is just as funny in this, Zolo (Zorro) is his typical smartass self, and Nami is mischievous. I did like Koby a little better here. I find him super annoying in the show.
I liked seeing more of Luffy and Shank's history in this.
It was also neat to see how Luffy won over Koby and Zolo (Zorro).
Overall enjoyable lines, a few made me a chuckle.
Made me immediately order the next book. Because while I know what happens in the show, it's a little different and I want to see it in manga form.
Overall, this was a great first manga to try. Now I'm hooked! There's a ton of books in this series so I will be busy for a while. It was a different experience but since I love reading and art, I definitely enjoyed it. Being a fan of the anime helped. I ordered the next two books so hopefully I will get to them soon, too!
I will comment, on a comment another commenter made with regards to Zoro's name being written Zolo in this series. I agree with that individual since it's written Zoro in the Japanese anime series, as well as on the translations on Crunchyroll. I have to say, come on. Zoro is a swordsman, and Zoro is so close to Zorro that it clearly should have the R instead of the L.
With regards to other things that are a little 'off' thus far in my reading (I am only on volume 8 at this time), a translation of "I decline your declination" is way too out of character for Luffy. I'd be surprised if he even knew what the word declination means, so the translation of "I refuse your refusal" is a much better translation. The other issue I seem to have is that instead of a translation of Going Merry, which is what is clearly stated in the anime, the translation in this series cuts off the 'Going' part and keeps the Merry-go instead. In the original manga the ship is called, ゴーイング・メリー号, which is Going-Merry-go. I've never been too keen on how English mucks up translations and such, but the least they can do is follow the original to the closest proximity.
Aside from those little gripes, I am enjoying the series. It's definitely not one for everyone, but it clearly has some good points and is popular for a reason.
It's a fun, weird story with no basis in fact and goofball slapstick humor. Luffy is a relentless optimist with a nice blunt sense of fairness. And I don't want to post spoilers, because the best humor is surprising, so that's all you'll get from me.
That being said, the translation is less than perfection, but I'm not going to dwell on that lest I go into geek rage mode.
The kindle formatting was not too shabby. I was actually able to read it on my phone's kindle app without any trouble.
All in all, a decent product.