One Piece volume 45 was just released in Japan last week! Awesome cover once again showing all the major players in this chapter with the match-ups being displayed around Luffy. A lot of people expected to see the Thousand Sunny on the cover in the background and so did i but Oda must have decided otherwise. Some of the best plot-advancing chapters were included in this volume too. Some volume discussion and SBS snippets to follow!
The volume covers from chapter 431 to 440 instead of 441 like everyone was expecting. The first few chapters brings back the return of 2 old friends in revamped designs and upgraded skills: Coby and Helmeppo! They tell us about the next half of the Grand Line – the “New World” – where the Four Emperors are in control. It reminds me of how everyone in the East Blue was talking about how deadly and dangerous the Grand Line was compared to the Blue Seas and now we find out that the New World is an even more dangerous place than the first half of the Grand Line!
The middle chapters show the stormy meeting between two Emperors – “Whitebeard” Edward Newgate and “Red Hair” Shanks. Shanks’s entrance onto Whitebeard’s ship is probably one of my favourite scenes where his overwhelming “spirit” knocks most of Whitebeard’s crew unconscious. We also find out about the other fleet commanders, Marco of the First and Joz of the Third. The topic of discussion is on the Second Fleet Commander Ace D. Portgas who went in search of Blackbeard, and the discussion ends in an expected but yet amazing way.
The last few chapters of the volume show a fight we’ve all been waiting for – Ace vs Blackbeard!! We’ve always wanted to see his Ace would use his Mera Mera logia powers in a battle and Oda answers us with a great battle. The rest of Blackbeard’s crew is useless in this fight so it’s basically down to a battle between the two captains. Chapter 440 is such a cliffhanger way to end the volume, I really felt it should have ended on 441, the “Duel on Baneros Island”, which would been such a great ending. I guess Oda wanted to leave volume readers on a major craving for volume 46.
And as promised, here are some SBS snippets:
Strawhat’s Favourite Foods/Meals:
Luffy – MEAT
Zoro – Rice, Sea Creature Meat, Sake
Nami – Tangerines & Fruit in general
Usopp – Pike from the Autumn Islands, especially when they’re in season
Sanji – Dried Seafood, Pasta & Tea
Chopper – Chocolate & Various Sweet stuff (Cotton Candy probably)
Robin – Sandwich, Sweet Cakes & Coffee
Franky – Hamburgers, French Fries… and Cola!
Q: With Robin’s Hana Hana Abilities, is it possible for her to bloom duplicate pairs of boobs?
Oda: Yeah, sure… it’s possible.
Oda says that there is indeed a book that lists the name of every single fruit. However, fruits that have a corresponding picture are quite rare. Say, Gomu Gomu or Yami Yami. Thus every DF that exists is thought to be known by name, but most of their forms are unknown.
And I hope we get to see Pandaman as a real character someday because he is just awesome.