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Title: I Won’t Die
Series: One Piece #8
Arc: East Blue Part 8
Author: Eiichiro Oda
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
“I Won’t Die”
“The Mighty Battle Spear”
“The Chewed-up Spear”
“The Fourth Person”
“The Great Adventure of Usopp the Man”
“Lords of All Creation”
While the cooks (ordered by Sanji) tend to the poisoned Gin, Luffy charges at Krieg. Although the commodore uses his many weapons to severely injure him, Luffy wins; with his debt repaid, he is free to go. However, Sanji still refuses to join Luffy’s crew. Only after an attempt by the cooks to convince him he is unwanted does he finally agree. Nami is welcomed back to Arlong Park, the base of Arlong’s pirates (a crew consisting, aside from Nami, only of fish-men – beings who are half fish and half human. Zoro and Usopp learn separately that Nami is one of Arlong’s officers – Usopp from Nami’s adoptive sister Nojiko, and Zoro from Nami when he is captured and dragged into Arlong Park.
Luffy ends up beating Krieg and getting Sanji as part of his crew. Of course, it’s immediately revealed that Nami double crossed them and sailed off to another pirate crew run by a guy named Arlong, who is part fish and his entire pirate crew is part fish part human. Making them very powerful. They run a protection scam on about 20 villages and have visions of becoming even bigger.
With Zoro captured by Arlong, Nami revealed as one of Arlong’s crew and Usopp hiding out in on of the tribute villages, you know Luffy’s going to follow them and there’s going to be a big fight, just like this one. Part of me is already rolling my eyes and the other part of me is hoping the story gets better than that.
I do suspect I’m going to have to be patient and let Oda tell the story at his own pace and in his own way though.