- Story: Eiichiro Oda.
- Art: Eiichiro Oda.
- Released: October 3, 2006.
- Imprint: SHONEN JUMP.
- Pages: 200.
Luffy and his crew flee Roguetown with Smoker hot on their trail. After a mysterious man helps them escape, Luffy and his crew head for the Grand Line. Just as the crew enters the Grand Line they are stopped by a whale and swallowed whole. The whale named Laboon is waiting for his friends to return to him, but they never will. While Luffy and his crew help Laboon, they meet Mr. 9 and Ms. Wednesday. At the request of Mr. 9 and Ms. Wednesday, the Straw Hats set sail for the island known as Whisky Peak. Though everyone greets and welcomes Luffy and his crew, something doesn’t seem right about the island and the people who live there.
The story developments in this volume were top notch. I didn’t think that Luffy and his crew would have made it this far this fast. Amid the story developments we got a small tale about how a whale was practically abandoned by his friends. It is baffling how Eiichiro can break the serious tone and tension with a brief story intended to drive emotions. Excellent writing fills this volume from cover to cover.
As the crew was sailing for Whisky Peak they got a pretty good look at what makes the Grand Line so treacherous. The islands that populate the waters in the Grand Line are made up minerals, and exert magnetic fields that throw off the readings of a compass. Pair that with the seemingly random weather and Nami finds out first hand that as a navigator she has her work cut out for her. I hope that Eiichiro will use these variables and throw some curveballs at the crew. That could make for some interesting story developments.
Zolo truly stands out near the end of the volume when he takes on around 100 bounty hunters. Being a bounty hunter himself, Zolo immediately knew the company that he was in. The mysterious organization is known as Baroque Works, an organization made up of over 100 bounty hunters from all over the world. After the crew passes out from the festivities, the islanders planned to attack them. Zolo had other plans and fought them himself. This was probably my favorite part in the volume as Zolo could show off his skills.
As always, this volume of One Piece has hit my standards perfectly and follows the trend set before it. I am so excited to see how the Straw Hats get out of this one. One Piece is truly going places, and I am excited to be along for the ride. One Piece volume 12 was a perfect read. You do not want to miss out on this series.