One Piece, Vol. 20 (英語) ペーパーバック – 2009/2/3
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As a child, Monkey D. Luffy dreamed of becoming King of the Pirates. But his life changed when he accidentally gained the power to stretch like rubber…at the cost of never being able to swim again! Now Luffy, with the help of a motley collection of pirate wannabes, is setting off in search of the "One Piece," said to be the greatest treasure in the world...
Showdown at AlubarnaWhen leaving Rainbase to head off the rebels in the capital city of Alubarna, Luffy gets pulled aside by Crocodile for some cozy one-on-one time! With only three minutes to fight, can Luffy take on the sand pirate on his domain?! The rest of the crew must help Vivi stop the rebels, but the formidable Officer Agents have been waiting for them at the city gates! Will Vivi be in time to stop the inevitable clash between the rebels and the Army?!
Eiichiro Oda debuted in Weekly Shonen Jump in 1997 as a comic creator and artist with ONE PIECE. One of the most popular comic artists in Japan today, Oda started out by winning the Hop Step Award (a monthly award given by Jump for amateur artists) as well as the esteemed Tezuka Award. His art style is reminiscent of Akira Toriyama, Sergio Aragones, and the movie Yellow Submarine.
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I own all 20 volumes and the only thing that I dont like about them is that Viz media seems to think that only three volumes a year is plenty, while that may seem like a generous pace we Americans are 31 volumes behind Japan and every year we fall further behind.
Bottom line this is one of if not the best Manga OF ALL TIME. If you check it out and dont like it fine but at least give it a fair shot.
Artistically, this is one of the sharpest looking volumes, with the added effects of Crocodile's sand powers and the slick design of Mr. 4's baseball bat still standing in my mind.
Unfortunately, I find myself once again disappointed in Viz Media's continued reference to the woefully terrible 4kids dub. In this volume, they continue to call certain Devil Fruits by the 4kids name. Mogu Mogu Fruit[short for Mole-Mole Fruit] identified as the Diggy Diggy Fruit, and the Inu Inu Fruit: Model Dachshund[Dog Dog Fruit] is known as Mutt Mutt Fruit, Dachshund Type.
And there is one point in this volume where Mr. 2 refers to his fighting style as "Crazy Karate", like the 4kids dub. However, all subsequent times he refers to his fighting style is "Oh Come My Way" Karate, so my guess it was just a small homage, not meant to replace the more literal translation.
Fortunately, Crocodile's attacks retain their Italian-based names, and like the previous Alabasta arc volumes, the dialog is quite efficient.
I hope Viz soon abandons the 4kids references, but I don't think they will until the Skypeia arc when 4kids dropped the license.
Still, these quibbles do not detract from an epic volume with a great fight at the end. Like all One Piece media(excluding 4kids) I recommend picking it up.