- Story: Eiichiro Oda.
- Art: Eiichiro Oda.
- Released: November 17, 2004.
- Imprint: SHONEN JUMP.
- Pages: 200.
The village kids try their best to protect Kaya from Django the hypnotist. Zolo is busy fending off the Meowban Brothers, and Luffy is fighting captain Koro with everything he has. Once the fighting has ended Usopp decides to join the Straw Hat crew and in appreciation Kaya gives the Straw Hat crew a new ship. Now that the Straw Hat crew finally has an official ship they move on to new waters. Their first stop is the oceangoing restaurant, Baratie, where they meet the sous chef Sanji.
This volume was quite busy with almost all of the characters fighting their own battles. The volume was mostly comprised of action with some story near the end. This combination of action and story made for a great volume in terms of balance. Even with all the fighting the story developed all throughout the volume. It just wasn’t until the end that the story progressed. With the addition of all of the characters on Baratie the story maintains it’s momentum and does not grow stale.
Luffy has a large development and proves that there is nothing he won’t do for his friends. Surprisingly Usopp also has quite the development when he refuses to give up for the sake of the kids and his village. I will not disclose any spoilers but I will say that Usopp could have given up and I would have understood. With each volume the characters continue to develop and I cannot wait to see what Luffy and Usopp become.
The fight panels were perfectly illustrated. Luffy has yet to fail to amaze me with what he is capable of. Having a body made of rubber seems to come in handy quite a bit. Not to mention Zolo’s ability to fight off two deadly pirates at one time. Though Usopp may be the weakest in battle, he does not give up and that is commendable.
This volume was the perfect blend of story and action, and for that it is one of the strongest entries yet. I can’t imagine what the next volume will have in store. I look forward to what’s to come and diving deeper into the series. One Piece volume 5 was a perfect read. I would advise anyone to read this series.