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As a child, Monkey D. Luffy dreamed of becoming King of the Pirates. But his life changed when he accidentally gained the power to stretch like rubber…at the cost of never being able to swim again! Years, later, Luffy sets off in search of the "One Piece," said to be the greatest treasure in the world... As a child, Monkey D. Luffy dreamed of becoming King of the Pirates. But his life changed when he accidentally gained the power to stretch like rubber…at the cost of never being able to swim again! Years, later, Luffy sets off in search of the "One Piece," said to be the greatest treasure in the world...


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As a child, Monkey D. Luffy dreamed of becoming King of the Pirates. But his life changed when he accidentally gained the power to stretch like rubber…at the cost of never being able to swim again! Years, later, Luffy sets off in search of the "One Piece," said to be the greatest treasure in the world... As a child, Monkey D. Luffy dreamed of becoming King of the Pirates. But his life changed when he accidentally gained the power to stretch like rubber…at the cost of never being able to swim again! Years, later, Luffy sets off in search of the "One Piece," said to be the greatest treasure in the world...

30 review for One Piece, Vol. 40: Gear

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ben Truong

    One Piece, Vol. 40 continues where the previous tankōbon left off and contains the next eleven chapters (378–388) of the on-going manga series. This tankōbon continues the Enies Lobby Arc. The Straw Hats lay waste to Enies Lobby, defeating anyone who tries to keep them from Nico Robin. As the rest of the crew deals with the less formidable guardians of the island, Monkey D. Luffy goes ahead and calls out to Cipher Pol 9 (CP9). Only one member of CP9, Blueno, agrees to fight him, remembering how qu One Piece, Vol. 40 continues where the previous tankōbon left off and contains the next eleven chapters (378–388) of the on-going manga series. This tankōbon continues the Enies Lobby Arc. The Straw Hats lay waste to Enies Lobby, defeating anyone who tries to keep them from Nico Robin. As the rest of the crew deals with the less formidable guardians of the island, Monkey D. Luffy goes ahead and calls out to Cipher Pol 9 (CP9). Only one member of CP9, Blueno, agrees to fight him, remembering how quickly Luffy was defeated in their last encounter. As the battle progresses Luffy demonstrates his ability to use one of CP9's abilities. After using his "Gear Two" and before demonstrating his "Gear Three", Luffy defeats Blueno and calls out to Robin that he is there to rescue her. This tankōbon is written and illustrated by Eiichirō Oda. For the most part, it is written and illustrated rather well. The Straw Hats, the Franky Family, and the Galley-La Company team up to rescue Nico Robin, save Franky, and avenge Iceburg. To do this, they attack Enies Lobby, a government stronghold where CP9 is based, effectively declaring war on the World Government. All in all, One Piece, Vol. 40 is a wonderful continuation to a series that seems really intriguing and I can't wait to read more.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan

    everyone in CP9 is so dramatic love how they just assume people will make songs about them "i will be neutral in this matter! so i sentence him to death!" that's what true neutrality looks like "where's Luffy?" "idk, it's a big Island. let's start searching over there where the explosion is." everyone in CP9 is so dramatic love how they just assume people will make songs about them "i will be neutral in this matter! so i sentence him to death!" that's what true neutrality looks like "where's Luffy?" "idk, it's a big Island. let's start searching over there where the explosion is."

  3. 4 out of 5

    S. J.

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. + The power levels of the CP9 guys are impressive but they're all going down. + I hate their three headed judge. + The Battles are exciting and yeah, 'Spanda' is a terrible megalomaniacal idiot. I am all astonished. + They are hurting the King Bulls. Take them out, all of them. + Wow, the Navy totally lied to the Elbath warriors to get them to work for them. I'm *totally* surprised. But Usopp got to find more Elbath warriors to befriend, so maybe it works out. + I'm totally hating the Ms. Golden We + The power levels of the CP9 guys are impressive but they're all going down. + I hate their three headed judge. + The Battles are exciting and yeah, 'Spanda' is a terrible megalomaniacal idiot. I am all astonished. + They are hurting the King Bulls. Take them out, all of them. + Wow, the Navy totally lied to the Elbath warriors to get them to work for them. I'm *totally* surprised. But Usopp got to find more Elbath warriors to befriend, so maybe it works out. + I'm totally hating the Ms. Golden Week miniseries, but I liked seeing Mr. Two 'somewhat' normal. + So the girl and puppet guy now have unknown Devil Fruit powers. That should be fun. + Wow, idiot (Spandam) really thinks a lot of himself. And the gold transponder snail looks cool, in a creepy sort of way. Wow, he's whiny and a coward. Please say he dies. + Gear Two? LOVE!!!! The steam is a nice touch too. Luffy, even more powerful. That's kinda scary. And he figured out their Sheer step. That's scary considering he's usually not the brightest bulb. And he shrugs off what it might be doing to his body because he's doing it to ensure he loses none of his crew. Ahhhhh. He's already defeated one CP9, but there's more to go. + Kororo's figured out about Luffy: "When the fight is over, the world will ring with the sound of that Straw Hat Boy's name."

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tom Ewing

    A rollicking, non-stop mass battle as the Straw Hats invade the World Government's "Judicial Island" and smash through its defenders. If what you like in a One Piece arc is the plot denouement and the battles with key villains, this volume is more filler - at least until the last two chapters. If what you're interested in is seeing Eiichiro Oda cut loose with seven episodes of beautifully choreographed and planned mayhem, then this is magnificent, like a Peter Jackson battle executed by Tex Aver A rollicking, non-stop mass battle as the Straw Hats invade the World Government's "Judicial Island" and smash through its defenders. If what you like in a One Piece arc is the plot denouement and the battles with key villains, this volume is more filler - at least until the last two chapters. If what you're interested in is seeing Eiichiro Oda cut loose with seven episodes of beautifully choreographed and planned mayhem, then this is magnificent, like a Peter Jackson battle executed by Tex Avery.

  5. 5 out of 5

    T.R. Preston

    Outstanding. This is one of the highlight volumes pre-timeskip. Brilliant.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Subham

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It was a fun volume and so rad, its basically them arriving at Ennies Lobby and battling all the guards and all to get to rescue Robin. Luffy charges infront and he has such great moments where he is fighting so many guards and all, and its funny the way he defeats them and even the boss Spandam is shocked one man can take out 1000s of troops and his fight with Blueno spectacular, seems like he is getting new moves. Also Zoro and others have cool moments as well, though Usopp befriends new giant It was a fun volume and so rad, its basically them arriving at Ennies Lobby and battling all the guards and all to get to rescue Robin. Luffy charges infront and he has such great moments where he is fighting so many guards and all, and its funny the way he defeats them and even the boss Spandam is shocked one man can take out 1000s of troops and his fight with Blueno spectacular, seems like he is getting new moves. Also Zoro and others have cool moments as well, though Usopp befriends new giants and that was awesome to see! Also seems like Buster Call maybe coming soon and next up: Luffy vs CP9! Oda on fire with this arc!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Claudiu

    I must admit the Water 7 + Enies Lobby are two of the best arcs this series has shown so far. The pacing is a lot more carefully constructed this time around, the characters and the enemies are a lot better than previously (grrr, Foxy), and it's an all together better tale than most of the stuff up to this point. The art's been improving greatly in the last volumes and there are fewer panels where it's almost impossible to discern what the Hell's going on. I must admit the Water 7 + Enies Lobby are two of the best arcs this series has shown so far. The pacing is a lot more carefully constructed this time around, the characters and the enemies are a lot better than previously (grrr, Foxy), and it's an all together better tale than most of the stuff up to this point. The art's been improving greatly in the last volumes and there are fewer panels where it's almost impossible to discern what the Hell's going on.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Abeer Albossany

    This volume was much better than the previous one. Having started the Enies Lobby arc since the last three chapters of volume 39, the action really got higher. Also, we got a lot of fights against the marines and one of the CP9 team, even though he was not one of the strongest. The last scene of the last chapter was a heart-taking moment, when Luffy calls Robin with all of his might saying he came for her.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Brandon

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. By this point in Dragon Ball's volume count, protagonist Son Goku had already achieved Super Saiyan 3, his fourth or eighth transformation, depending on what you're counting ((view spoiler)[Great Ape, Kaio-ken*, Super Saiyan 1, Super Saiyan 1 Grade 2*, Super Saiyan 1 Grade 3*, Full Power Super Saiyan*, Super Saiyan 2, Super Saiyan 3 - asterisks marking the things we may say don't fully count (hide spoiler)] . After forty volumes, Monkey D. Luffy has finally joined Weekly Shounen Jump battle manga By this point in Dragon Ball's volume count, protagonist Son Goku had already achieved Super Saiyan 3, his fourth or eighth transformation, depending on what you're counting ((view spoiler)[Great Ape, Kaio-ken*, Super Saiyan 1, Super Saiyan 1 Grade 2*, Super Saiyan 1 Grade 3*, Full Power Super Saiyan*, Super Saiyan 2, Super Saiyan 3 - asterisks marking the things we may say don't fully count (hide spoiler)] . After forty volumes, Monkey D. Luffy has finally joined Weekly Shounen Jump battle manga tradition of showcasing a transformation himself: Gear Second. Forty volumes in, and we also have something of a "power-level" system introduced with Fukurou's "Douriki" values he assigns to the other CP9 guys. Of course, Kalifa, being a woman in a battle manga, must have the lowest Douriki level. Robin being betrayed by Spandam is pretty much the same shit as Nami being betrayed by Arlong, so the "twist" isn't as big as it could/should be? **** *Ship's Bottom Dismantling Cut!! *Rope Action... Timber Hitch Tug!!! *Treenail Lock!!! (this one was especially funny) *Gomu Gomu Storm spread *Spandam: "Kalifa." **Kalifa: "That's sexual harassment." **Spandam: "By just saying your name!!?" *everyone beating the shit out of Fukurou *"Douriki" levels *Fukurou: "The director's Douriki is '9.'" **Spandam: "Be quiet!! That doesn't matter, since I'm just the guy in charge!! Plus, I have my sword should I need it!!!" **Kalifa: "Don't worry, sir. We already know that you're weak." **Spandam: "What? Do you have to be so blunt about it...!?" **Kalifa: "That's sexual harassment." **Spandam: "Eh!!? But all I did was respond to what you said!" **Kalifa: "Sir..." **Spandam: "Hm... what?" **Kalifa: "That's sexual harassment." **Spandam: "Just being here!!?" *Kumadori always using Tekkai to block his own seppuku attempts *Marines: "Did he leave the receiver off the hook again...?" "No way... That's such a beginner's mistake..." *Gomu Gomu Volcano *Enies Lobby Judge, Three-Headed Baskerville *Zoro: "Leave it to... luck!!!" *Oimo reviving just to get hit by Rocketman **"We opened the gate for nothing!!!" *Zoro: "? ...Oh. Maybe we should greet them first?" *Sanji: "Hehehe... They called you an 'underling.'" **Zoro: "That's still better than being the nameless... Pirate 'A.'" *Thunderbolt Tempo!!! *Paulie: "When you see them... tell them this for me: You're fired!" *Half-Knot Air Drive!!! *Chapter 382 cover: Mr. 3's hair propping up his hood *Blueno: "How long do you plan on struggling?" **Luffy: "Until I die!!!" *Shrouds and...!! Ratline Knot!!! *Blueno's face when Luffy tracks his Soru through the facade of Gomu Gomu Gatling **spread of Luffy grabbing Blueno and smashing him through some shit **Luffy: "As for the ways of the World Government, do whatever you want with 'em. We only came to take Robin back!!!" *Zoro: "As we've gone through each island, all of us have been slowly getting stronger, even if we haven't realized it. He, too, with every island he's visited, has overcome death. We don't have anyone in our group who would die so easily!!!" *Sogeking talking to Oimo about Dorry and Brogy **Oimo and Kashi fighting for the side of the heroes *Chapter 385 cover: masculine Mr. 2 *Jabra: "Shit!!! Don't get them near me!!! [...] Idiots!!! Don't you know?!! I'm an ability user! Because of this, there's a devil residing in my body!! Therefore, if I get close to that fruit, a devil will come out and start fighting with my devil, and then my body will explode!!!" *Zoro: "A dead end? Do you see one?" **Sanji: "Nah, I don't see one anywhere." **spread of Zoro and Sanji before Gomorrah, after breaking into the front plaza *Spandam's face when he hears the news of the invasion *Nami: "Hey, look at that!! It seems like the trial has begun!!" **Zoro: "Ignore it; too much trouble!!" *Enbima Yonezu Oni Giri *Sanji: "Nami-san, this way, please!!! Just follow me, only me!!!" **Nami: "You know, we came here to rescue Robin, right?" **Sanji: "Oooh... yeah, Robin-chan is...!! Waiting for my rescue!!! I wonder if she's now crying from the loneliness." *Chopper: "AAAAH!! Zoro wandered off somewhere while we weren't looking!! Wait up, Zoro, that's not the way!!!" **"Zoro, I'll try to make a medicine for it next time!! A medicine for a hopeless idiot." *Luffy: "I'm no good. ...If I stay the way I am now... I won't be any good... After I was defeated by Aokiji, I started thinking about it... If there are more strong guys like him in the ocean ahead of us, then I have to be stronger... because otherwise I can't protect my crewmates...!! ...I have crewmates who're not strong... but I still want them to be with me...!! So, I have to be stronger than anybody else... or I'll lose them all!!! I've thought of a way to fight with all my might... so I won't lose anybody...!! So I won't ever have to lose anybody... You won't be... able to follow me anymore... All of my techniques... will evolve one step. Gear... Second." *Gomu Gomu no Jet Pistol spread *Gomu Gomu no Jet Bazooka spread *Luffy about to try Gear Third, before Blueno just passes out *Kokoro: "Nga ga ga ga. Their every single move is so fun. Anybody with common sense would never touch this island... Just watch, Chimney... Whether they survive or not, the world will be astounded by something that nobody has done in the past hundreds of years... When this battle is over... that Straw Hat brat's name... will be known throughout the world."

  10. 5 out of 5

    Thelma

    This arc is so good. Each book hist me right in the feels. It's so good to see the crew coming together to save Robin. And it's so nice to see their new fighting technics. I love it This arc is so good. Each book hist me right in the feels. It's so good to see the crew coming together to save Robin. And it's so nice to see their new fighting technics. I love it

  11. 4 out of 5

    Monsour

    It took this long for Oda's to update the magic system It took this long for Oda's to update the magic system

  12. 4 out of 5

    Novia

    For me, One Piece is best Manga ever written. The story always touch my heart, it is a combination of faithful friendship, laughter, loyalty and action. Some people might find this manga as silly and pointless (I’ve heard this before) but they never truly read the Manga and therefore judging it simply from the cover. I’ve been in that position too…and thank God I finally looked beyond the cover and found the greatest adventure any Mangaka ever written. More about One Piece at my blog http://bokuno For me, One Piece is best Manga ever written. The story always touch my heart, it is a combination of faithful friendship, laughter, loyalty and action. Some people might find this manga as silly and pointless (I’ve heard this before) but they never truly read the Manga and therefore judging it simply from the cover. I’ve been in that position too…and thank God I finally looked beyond the cover and found the greatest adventure any Mangaka ever written. More about One Piece at my blog http://bokunosekai.wordpress.com/cate... Annual One Piece Reread 2010 > http://bokunosekai.wordpress.com/2010... Annual One Piece Reread 2011 > http://bokunosekai.wordpress.com/2011... Annual One Piece Reread 2012 http://bokunosekai.wordpress.com/2012...

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jeffrey

    Eiichiro Oda continues to raise his game along with the stakes as Luffy and Crew continue their assault on Enies Lobby, the secret base of the World Government's assassin squad CP9. Oda's exotic character design and exaggerated style payoff in keeping track of a massive cast and diverse events, keeping the pace light and fun. Unlike, Ken Akamatsu's Negima series, which I do enjoy, it's easy to identify and keep track of each character even after a significant period between volumes. So far this Eiichiro Oda continues to raise his game along with the stakes as Luffy and Crew continue their assault on Enies Lobby, the secret base of the World Government's assassin squad CP9. Oda's exotic character design and exaggerated style payoff in keeping track of a massive cast and diverse events, keeping the pace light and fun. Unlike, Ken Akamatsu's Negima series, which I do enjoy, it's easy to identify and keep track of each character even after a significant period between volumes. So far this arc has been the highlight of the series I definitely will continue reading.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Josh Whittington

    The Straw Hats and their allies are launching an all-out assault on the Enies Lobby. They were told such a thing would be impossible, but the impossible is what they do best. Things just keep ramping up, and there’s a hilarious presentation of how powerful Luffy is when one of his friends is in danger. There’s all sorts of ridiculous action playing out and the gradual incline of disbelief in the naval forces makes this volume a joy to read. We get a glimpse of how Luffy will be able to take out The Straw Hats and their allies are launching an all-out assault on the Enies Lobby. They were told such a thing would be impossible, but the impossible is what they do best. Things just keep ramping up, and there’s a hilarious presentation of how powerful Luffy is when one of his friends is in danger. There’s all sorts of ridiculous action playing out and the gradual incline of disbelief in the naval forces makes this volume a joy to read. We get a glimpse of how Luffy will be able to take out the senior CP-9 officers and a tease of some new powers from some of said officers, and the volume ends at just the right spot to leave you hanging for more.

  15. 4 out of 5

    William Schram

    Baroque Works continues to sneak around on Vacation Island. Oda shows how CP9 interacts with each other. Kalifa and Kaku both eat a Devil Fruit that Director Spandam found somehow. In any case, the Director finally hears about how far the pirates are getting on Enies Lobby and gets upset. Volume 40 introduces the Gear System. Luffy's fighting power increases depending on how he uses his rubber body. Gear Two involves Luffy increasing his speed, but we don't know how he does it yet. With the aid of Baroque Works continues to sneak around on Vacation Island. Oda shows how CP9 interacts with each other. Kalifa and Kaku both eat a Devil Fruit that Director Spandam found somehow. In any case, the Director finally hears about how far the pirates are getting on Enies Lobby and gets upset. Volume 40 introduces the Gear System. Luffy's fighting power increases depending on how he uses his rubber body. Gear Two involves Luffy increasing his speed, but we don't know how he does it yet. With the aid of his new skill, Luffy soundly defeats Blueno. It seems as though Luffy can't use this ability too often, though.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Alok

    This is the first time we were introduced to Luffy's gear powers, still one of the coolest fights in entire One Piece. I've filled my computer with Robin's screenshots but the next volume is Ohara one, my most favorite in entire series. I'd cried while watching anime and I know I'll now. Not emotionally strong enough. Would take a break for now from OP heh. I'll buy a copy of volume 41 too. Robin Chan's childhood as an Ohara scholar. I also realized as a reader you care even about the damn transpor This is the first time we were introduced to Luffy's gear powers, still one of the coolest fights in entire One Piece. I've filled my computer with Robin's screenshots but the next volume is Ohara one, my most favorite in entire series. I'd cried while watching anime and I know I'll now. Not emotionally strong enough. Would take a break for now from OP heh. I'll buy a copy of volume 41 too. Robin Chan's childhood as an Ohara scholar. I also realized as a reader you care even about the damn transport fishes, damn Goda! What is this writing magic?

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jimmy

    Volume 40 covers chapters 378 to 388. The battle to save Robin rages on as the Straw Hats rage through Enies Lobby. The first few chapters in this volume help up the ante as they race to reach the gate, but the Luffy versus Blueno fight is where things get interesting. Like really interesting. You get one of my favorite panels when Luffy first uses Second Gear. The best fights are yet to come, so keep reading to find out what happens next!

  18. 5 out of 5

    endeavoursofvic

    One Piece #40: 3 Stars [4.95 - it's was real okay - good-ish] Let's be real there were a few moments I liked. Lot's of great Pauli, Sogeking and some nice Sanji, Zoro, Usopp, Frankie Moments. Some interesting CP-9 Stuff. But this one is a lot of fighting henchmen i don't freaking care about. I Love One Piece and our Squad - but... this Volume was just fine. One Piece #40: 3 Stars [4.95 - it's was real okay - good-ish] Let's be real there were a few moments I liked. Lot's of great Pauli, Sogeking and some nice Sanji, Zoro, Usopp, Frankie Moments. Some interesting CP-9 Stuff. But this one is a lot of fighting henchmen i don't freaking care about. I Love One Piece and our Squad - but... this Volume was just fine.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Orion (Rye)

    I can’t believe OP is the best manga ever written. But it’s true and I Should say it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    I like this book because Eiichiro Oda has created a world with fun and loveable charters. They make it where there's never a dull moment. I enjoy because you never know what's going to happen next. I like this book because Eiichiro Oda has created a world with fun and loveable charters. They make it where there's never a dull moment. I enjoy because you never know what's going to happen next.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Abdullah Köksal

    I don't understand what is "gear 2" and why Luffy suddenly started to steam. I don't understand what is "gear 2" and why Luffy suddenly started to steam.

  22. 4 out of 5

    DonutKnow

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is getting epic! 💪

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rab Araujo

    THE HYPE!!!!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Arnaud

    The awesomeness of Gear Two technique... Luffy at his best :-)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Hana Eka

    Kill that bastard who hurt Robin!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    And one volume closer. I couldn't imagine reading this weekly as new chapters come out, but it's serviceable in book form, if a little drawn out. And one volume closer. I couldn't imagine reading this weekly as new chapters come out, but it's serviceable in book form, if a little drawn out.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lucien Welsh

    I AM SO FIRED UP

  28. 4 out of 5

    Camila Silva

    Gear

  29. 4 out of 5

    Felipe

    Gear second.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Marilag

    Again, I make notes on manga, not so much review them. This is just to help me remember what things happened in which volume. - Thanks to Zoro's quick thinking (well, more like "leaving it to fate/luck"), the Puffing Tom manages to make it past the gates and onto the main island. I'm pretty sure at this point that Zoro can maths and science. This man is as deep as the ocean he came from. - The landed Mugiwaras show that all of them are formidable folk, slicing, kicking, electrocuting, and shooting Again, I make notes on manga, not so much review them. This is just to help me remember what things happened in which volume. - Thanks to Zoro's quick thinking (well, more like "leaving it to fate/luck"), the Puffing Tom manages to make it past the gates and onto the main island. I'm pretty sure at this point that Zoro can maths and science. This man is as deep as the ocean he came from. - The landed Mugiwaras show that all of them are formidable folk, slicing, kicking, electrocuting, and shooting their way against scores of Marines. - Sodom and Gomorrah (always found that bit funny) give the Mugiwaras a lift, with Paulie and the Franky brothers leading the way toward the main gates. - Luffy encounters Blueno at the top of the first tower (just before the Tower of Law). - Zoro, Sanji, Nami, and Chopper have to make their way up toward the top of the main island tower. Good luck to Zoro on that one, heh. - Luffy shows us Gear Second, one of my favorite if his moves, by the way.

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