Hope!! ★★★★☆

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Title: Hope!!
Series: One Piece #22
Arc: Baroque Works #11
Author: Eiichiro Oda
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Genre: Manga
Pages: 188
Words: 8K


From Wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_One_Piece_chapters_(187_388)


“The Leaders”

“4:15 p.m.”


“Water Luffy”

“Nico Robin”

“The Royal Mausoleum”



“The Sand-Sand Band’s Secret Fort”

Despite his agents’ defeats, Crocodile is still confident that his plans to take over the kingdom are nearing fruition. With Alabasta embroiled in a civil war of his own design, Crocodile needs only to destroy both warring parties in one fell swoop to take control of the country. Knowing that a cannon is the most practical way of fulfilling this purpose, Nefertari Vivi and the Straw Hat Pirates try to find its hiding place before it is too late. Meanwhile, Crocodile searches for Pluton, forcing King Cobra to lead him and Nico Robin to an ancient stone called a Ponegliff underneath the castle. But when Nico Robin says the Ponegliff has no information on the Pluton, Crocodile tries to kill her and escape before his cannon is fired. Monkey D. Luffy, having recovered and learned from their previous encounter, engages Crocodile in battle.

My Thoughts:

Now, with LESS Vivi. Oh thank goodness. She and Sir Crocodile have a little dialogue back and forth and I actually found myself agreeing with him simply because I disliked Vivi so much. Ughh, I don’t like being in that position.

Everybody is pretty much kung-fu fighting everybody else and the Navy gets involved helping the Straw Hats pirates and the Loyalists and the Rebels try to reconcile all the while the forces of Baroque Works are causing chaos and destruction AND there is supposed to be a bomb that goes off at 4:30pm which will leave a crater 3miles wide.

Luffy ends up fighting Sir Crocodile AGAIN while everybody else looks for the bomb or the mechanism to set it off. We get a smidgeon of back story on Nico Robin, the infamous Ms All Sunday who while being Sir Crocodiles #1 helper has also helped the Straw Hats in previous volumes. The following picture pretty much sums up the kerfluffle between Crocodile and Luffy.

The volume ends with Luffy and Crocodile having their final showdown and about 30seconds before the big bomb goes off. Oh no, the suspense is KILLING me. Hohohoho….

Rating: 4 out of 5.

22 thoughts on “Hope!! ★★★★☆

  1. Hi there ^^

    Oh, I completely forgot about the Water Luffy stuff… even if it was hilarious, when I read it back then ^^
    I guess many future enemies of Luffy will think exact the same thing as Sir Crocodile in this page ^^

    Uhm, might I ask what “kerfluffle” means? I wasn’t able to translate it…

    ~ Misaki

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    1. That page made the volume for me, it was just so funny 🙂

      In this case, kerfluffle means “fight”. In general, it means a small “bothersome situation which isn’t that important”.

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      1. Ah, I see, thank you ^^

        In this context I already thought the meaning would be something like that, but since I didn’t know the word at all, I wasn’t sure about that…

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              1. I’ve done a review but not posted it as it’s actually part of my Shakespeare series I haven’t got to (there’s a loose connection to Hamlet). It’s based on the Bob and Doug McKenzie SCTV duo.

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    1. Well, considering that half my grandparents are straight from the shores of Albion, I might be as English if not more so, than you.
      Don’t you worry laddie, we’ll get you talking proper in no time! 😀


    1. Too many books, too little time 😀
      I’m going to be adding FMA next year. I don’t know yet if it will be in place of One Piece to give me a break or alongside of. I guess I’ll have to wait and see how I’m feeling about OP by then.

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      1. I enjoy FMA so much that I’m actually waiting for the hardcover edition to come out before I finish it. I have only two volumes left! 😀

        One Piece has a very special art style; it’s so subtly off in terms of proportion and lines that it’s very hard to imitate.

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          1. It’s called Fullmetal Edition and has color covers and a bunch of sketches and stuff, but most importantly the size of the pages is bigger and the print quality is way better, so you can actually appreciate the art 🙂 Arakawa does some cool things with negatives, and some of the panels are really amazing.

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