Hello my manga lovers, it feels like its been too long.
I know I’ve done a manga review for Pygmalion last month, but I feel like its been years since a One Piece Arc Review.
This month’s manga arc review is all about Skypeia, which is a little controversial for some One Piece fans. Some like it, some don’t.
I think for the most part people like it, and I tend to agree for the most part, so let’s get into it!
The Skypeia Arc is important for a few reasons. It gives us a better understanding of what Haki is, or will become once we hear about it, and it gives us an understanding of the Poneglyphs, which will definitely become important the more the story progresses.
Though it’s not called Haki yet, we see Enel and his Priests use Mantra as they battle the Straw Hats.
It’s the same idea as Observation Haki, and it shows how devastating it can be in battle.
We also get to see the Poneglyphs. They’re not wholly important yet, but as each arc comes into play they become more and more important because they hold the truth to a lot of questions that have been popping up as the story continues.
Skypeia is often seen as a microcosm to the entire One Piece World. It’s a sea on its own in the sky, and the Straw Hats travel to it, fight the bad guy, save the oppressed, and leave.
It wholly represents what the Straw Hats go through when they come to each island.
The arc has some good history to it, that I have a feeling might come into play later, but I am not entirely convinced.
There is one thing that really stands out about this arc though, and thats we get to see Robin actually fight one on one against someone.
Every other time she fights she is either the one to take out all the lackeys, or she is supporting someone else. She never fights someone on her own.
I think that it is an important part of the arc, but that same ideal gets lost as we continue with the story.
It gets harder and harder for Oda to write a fight scene for each of the Straw Hats. There are just too many of them, and not enough bad guys. It gets to the point that the crew needs to split up because the enemy numbers just aren’t living up to the Straw Hat’s.
Overall, the arc was good in my opinion. I enjoyed it, even if it had a little too much backstory to it.