- Story: Eiichiro Oda.
- Art: Eiichiro Oda.
- Released: July 5, 2006.
- Imprint: SHONEN JUMP.
- Pages: 192.
Luffy and Arlong continue their fierce fight to the death. Luffy has a few new tricks up his sleeve which is just what he needs to end the battle. With Arlong Park destroyed and Coco Village saved, Luffy and his crew are free to move onto their next destination. As Luffy and the Straw Hat crew venture into Roguetown things are looking bright, that is until 2 figures from Luffy’s past decide to attack Luffy. Alvida and Buggy the clown have returned to take Luffy down. Before Luffy can be executed, a storm appears on the island, and Luffy and his crew get away. Aside from Alvida and Buggy, Captain Smoker vows to take down Luffy himself.
First, I must say that this volume was perfect. Aside from the evident defeat of Arlong and the freeing of Coco Village, this volume had everything. Nami has officially joined the Straw Hat crew and her village is on its way to being restored. Luffy is now wanted by the Navy and this news reaches every corner of the East Blue. Even Luffy’s hometown, Windmill Village receives word of his bounty. But the biggest part of all is when Red-Haired Shanks hears the news and makes an appearance in this volume. This volume had it all.
Luffy developed some new techniques that were paramount in his battle with Arlong. At first glance this may not seem like much but Luffy can not only adapt to the situation, but also overcome it. During his fight with Arlong it became clear that Luffy is fighting not only to survive but also for Nami’s honor. It is in these small moments that we get to look past Luffy’s playful and outgoing demeanor, and see a pirate who truly knows what is important.
Roguetown is known as “the town of the beginning and the end”. The Pirate King, Gold Roger was born there and executed there. From a reader’s standpoint, it is a great opportunity to see exactly where it all started. It is fitting that The East Blue arc should conclude at this very location. We are left at the end of this volume with so many new possibilities added to the series. I cannot wait to start the next arc of this series and see what is in store.
I meant it when I said that this volume was perfect. Not only did we see Luffy defeat Arlong but we also got to see several characters of Luffy’s past. I hope that Red-Haired Shanks returns to the series sooner rather than later, as he is one of my favorite characters. One Piece volume 11 was one of those rare volumes that got everything right. I highly recommend that you read this volume, you will not be disappointed.