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Title: Don’t Get Fooled Again
Series: One Piece #3
Arc: East Blue Part 3
Author: Eiichiro Oda
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
“The Pirate Buggy the Clown”
“The Way of the Thief””
“The Dread Captain Usopp”
“The Lie Rejecter”
“Captain Kuro’s Plan
Luffy and Buggy fight in a bizarre show of devil-fruit powers until Nami joins the fight and Buggy is defeated by the two (temporary) allies. Leaving with some of Buggy’s treasure, they and Zoro set sail for the hometown of chronic liar Usopp. In search of a large ship, Luffy and his crew visit the mansion of the sickly young Kaya; they are turned away by her overprotective butler, Klahador. Usopp and Luffy later overhear Klahador (who is really the notorious pirate Kuro) and his first mate, Django, plan to kill Kaya so Kuro can inherit her wealth and social status.
While this was amusing, it felt extremely “setup’y” for getting another crew member. Nami joins the crew as the navigator but she tells Luffy they need a big ship if they’re going to sail the Grand Line in search of the One Piece. This leads them to Usopp and the beginning of another fight with another pirate.
Obviously, it’s left open to hook you to read the next volume and I do have the next volume handy. It just annoys me that it’s used that way.
What I am rather enjoying is the little bits of art that Oda is including with each chapter heading. It will feature at least one, if not more, of the characters and then some outlandish situation or something just plain ridiculous. I’ve included the one that made me grin the most for this volume:
There are 9 chapters and almost 200 pages but I got to the end and was like “that’s it?” Reading this was as easy as reading one of the 25page Spawn comics. And in One Piece at least the violence is cartoonishly outlandish.