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Manga Review: One Piece Volume 76

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One Piece Volume 76 focuses on Monkey D. Luffy and his pirate crew, the Straw Hats. They are currently in Dressrosa, trying to save the people from Doflamingo, a pirate who took over the throne of the country and rules the country like a tyrant.

One Piece Volume 76

One Piece Volume 76

Written by: Eiichiro Oda
Publisher: Shueisha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: November 3, 2015

Volume 76 continues to follow Luffy and his crew as they try to help the people of Dressrosa. But this task has been complicated by Doflamingo placing a bounty on them, so some of the people they’re trying to become obstacles as they try to capture Luffy and the others for the bounty. And the birdcage that Doflamingo has created around Dressrosa also poses a threat as it starts to shrink.

One of the biggest issues with this volume, though, is how much the story moves around to various characters at different locations. Unfortunately, the jumping around takes place in each and every chapter in the volume, which can make a reader feel a little disoriented and lost at times. Usually, just as the story is getting going at one location, Oda suddenly shifts to a different location to continue someone else’s story. There’s a good overarching story here, but I wish Oda was willing to spend longer periods of time in one place before moving to another character at another location.

One storyline that gets a bit of focus is sprinkled throughout One Piece Volume 76, and that’s the Tontattas trying to figure out what happened to Princess Mansherry after they discover that they had been lied to in regards to her health and where she is. But their quest to find her ends up tying in with another plot point that’s taking place at the same time. The Tontattas are cute and little, and the reader can’t help wanting to follow their story.

Luffy and Trafalgar Law also receive some focus in this volume as well, especially once the two of them come face to face with Doflamingo and some of his cronies. But just as it looks like a fight between these two and a couple of Doflamingo’s officers is about to start, the story makes a very sudden change of pace.

At this point in One Piece Volume 76, we begin getting a flashback that provides backstory for Trafalgar Law. Not only does this flashback provide some important information to help the reader to get to know Law better, it also provides a much needed break from all of the frantic jumping around that takes place over the course of this volume. Unfortunately, the flashback doesn’t conclude at the end of this volume, so it’ll be continuing in Volume 77.

Even though the story may jump around a lot, I believe that readers who have been following this series will still enjoy seeing how the overarching story progresses in One Piece Volume 76.

The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media

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