Naoshi Komi, creator of the traditional rom-com manga Nisekoi, returns to retell the enduring ending of One Piece’s Alabasta Arc on this emotional one-shot.
WARNING: The next incorporates spoilers for One Piece: Naoshi Komi Covers Vivi’s Journey, Particular One-Shot, by Naoshi Komi, Eiichiro Oda, Lance Caselman, Stephen Paul and Erika Terriquez, obtainable in English by way of Manga Plus and Viz Media.
After the conclusion of his flagship collection, Nisekoi, a reverse Romeo and Juliet rom-com manga launched in 2016, issues have been quiet for creator Naoshi Komi. Because of this it comes as such a pleasant shock to see the beloved mangaka return to the pages of Shonen Soar to remake one of the iconic chapters in all of One Piece, #216: Vivi’s Journey. This 50-page remake covers the decision of Alabasta (chapters 215-216); an ending held pricey by One Piece followers even at present.
This isn’t the primary case of a Shonen Soar creator remaking an iconic chapter from One Piece. Two years in the past, the artist for Dr. Stone, Boichi, remade the enduring Zoro vs. Mihawk struggle in the course of the Baratie arc. In that case, Boichi’s power lay in kinetic fights and hanging panels, leaving an amazing sense of coolness emanating from the web page. It is a well-suited chapter that brings out the perfect in Boichi — so how does Komi work with a chapter that depends closely on the friendship and bonds of its solid and the bittersweet farewells between them?
For sure, Komi knocks it out of the park with this enchanting remake chapter. Komi’s benefit as a manga artist is in real, heartfelt emotion. A superb rom-com manga wants plausible emotion displayed by the drawings, and Komi does not have romance to work with in Vivi’s Journey, he nails the bittersweet sendoff and illustrating the real friendship between Vivi and the Straw Hat Pirates.
As with the unique chapter, there’s an actual hesitation and battle to Vivi firstly, as she’s uncertain of which path to take: changing into a pacesetter to her individuals or leaving Alabasta to see the world together with her buddies. Moreover, Komi ups the cuteness issue by 110-percent, as proven by the lovable Pirate Queen Vivi from Igaram’s nightmare.
Komi is even capable of carry out the perfect in a few of Oda’s much less memorable pages from these chapters. When Vivi calls Igaram and her father to her room, the sunshine shining by the window behind her and the delicate softness of her face evokes the conviction of her good coronary heart and chief’s spirit. Igaram and Cobra are in awe of the individual Vivi now’s and can sooner or later grow to be — a sense absent from the unique web page.
Komi’s extra exaggerated character moments are nothing to scoff at both; he can mildew a really exaggerated character like Bon Clay to snicker, cry and lament simply in addition to Oda. A standout instance comes as Iron Cage Hina is tricked by Mr. 2 and their crew into chasing after them. Bon Clay’s stern expression as they take a dancing stance, adopted by a taunting expression as they prepared themselves to go toe-to-toe with the marine captain himself, brilliantly conveys how dearly the bonds of friendship imply to the crossdresser with a coronary heart of gold.
The stream and web page format additionally results in some breathtaking panels. Particularly, the double unfold of pages 36-37 leaves a significant impression as Vivi recounts the reminiscences she made whereas touring with the Straw Hats. The best way the web page enshrouds her in a void aside from sparkles of sunshine makes the reader really feel as if these reminiscences are lights that guided her by the darkness.
The ultimate double unfold ends the identical approach because the crew says their goodbyes to Vivi, leaving the reader with as many tears as Vivi has on the web page. The crew all stand triumphantly with their arms outstretched to point out the mark of their friendship to Vivi, signifying to her that regardless of how a lot distance or time separates them from one another, they are going to all the time be Nakama.
Vivi’s Journey is a wonderful remake, not dropping any of the emotion of the unique whereas additionally bringing out the strengths within the mangaka illustrating it. It is clear that Naoshi Komi has quite a lot of love for the collection, as his author’s comment states, “I had many goals after I was younger of being a member of the Straw Hats and occurring adventures.” Hopefully, Komi’s work can be again within the pages of Shonen Soar once more quickly.
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