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One Piece: Crew Manifest Four

Friday 14th February 2014

Before you set sail on the latest round of voyages for One Piece, brush up on who you’ll be encountering in this latest volume of nautical nonsense!

One Piece CrocodileCrocodile. The most dangerous pirate the Straw Hats have faced in their journey to date, Crocodile is a brutal man who will kill without hesitation. After eating the Sand-Sand Fruit, he has the ability to manipulate sand, absorb moisture and even turn into sand himself. How does Luffy, a man made of rubber, fight a living desert? Crocodile is also leader of the Baroque Works organisation, giving him power and influence over its many agents. He lacks any sense of honour, and will gladly brutalise his own allies for the slightest mistake.

Daz BonesDaz Bones. The highest ranked officer in Baroque Works short of Crocodile himself, Bones is better known under his codename ‘Mr. 1’. Incredibly stern and with no patience for frivolity, he exudes a confidence borne of crushing countless enemies. He considers himself almost unstoppable, and few have earned his respect, even amongst his so-called allies. A towering man who looks to be carved out of muscle, Bones cuts an intimidating figure even before he reveals his Devil Fruit power – turning any part of his body into a lethal steel blade. Wolverine, eat your heart out!

Double FingerMiss Doublefinger. All Baroque Works ranking agents operate in male-female pairs, and Doublefinger works alongside Bones. A slender femme fatale with an icy demeanour, she shares her associate’s severe stance on anything perceived as weak or foolish. There’s little real camaraderie between the pair though, and she views their arrangement as a purely professional arrangement. Doublefinger – known in her civilian identity as Paula – is also the only Baroque agent brave enough to talk back to Crocodile. She has the ability to extrude spikes from any part of her body, making her nearly untouchable in combat.

BenthamBentham. Also known as ‘Mr. 2 Bon Kurei’, this Baroque Works officer is the sole exception to the male-female partnership rule – as a drag queen, he insisted he qualified as a pair all on his own! Tall, with a flamboyant attitude and a penchant for swan themed couture, Bentham stands out in any crowd. Amusingly enough, he’s the chief infiltrator for the organisation, with the Clone-Clone Fruit giving him the ability to adopt another person’s appearance. Although only mediocre as a fighter, Bentham’s real threat is in being able to sow discord and confusion amongst his opponents.

IgaramIgaram. Baroque’s ‘Mr. 8’, Igaram is all about the music. Looking like Beethoven on steroids, he’s known for his particular love of the saxophone. However, he’s not one for smooth jazz – instead, his sax fires bullets when played! And if that doesn’t provide enough firepower, he has countless back up guns hidden in his curls, and dozens of other weapons tucked away in his ever-dapper outfits. Although he lacks any Devil Fruit powers, Igaram is an amazing combatant, skilled with any number of weapons and possessing impressive physical strength. His loyalties may not be what they appear though....

One Piece 5 is out now on UK DVD from Manga Entertainment.

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One Piece (uncut) Collection 5 (episodes 104-130)

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Crocodile and his army of assassins have their sights set on conquering Alabasta, and the claw-fisted sandman won't stop until he gets his hand on the most powerful weapon the world has ever known. Only the Straw Hats can protect Princess Vivi from her reptilian oppressor, but they won't survive this battle without getting a little blood on their hands.
Be on the lookout as Nami unleashes the power of thunder and lightning, Zoro tests his swords against a man made of steel, and Luffy goes underground to settle the score with Crocodile once and for all!
Contains episodes 104-130.



One Piece. Pieces of Hate

Been there, done that, and bought the T-shirt....
Of the anime titles turned into T-shirts by Uniqlo, One Piece is the biggest – the reigning king of all the anime and manga franchises, pretty much unchallenged in the 16 years since Eiichiro Oda began the manga, and 14 since Toei Animation started animating it. But perhaps Uniqlo would have turned One Piece into a line of shirts even if the saga hadn’t been a world hit. Just look at those pirate designs – brash, cartoony, uncompromising. There’s no whiff of a committee, no hint of a five-year product plan reliant on changing a heroine’s hair colour (or deepening her cleavage). It just helps that the pictures are as commercial when they move as they are when they’re a cool static graphic in a manga, or on the front of a T-shirt.

One Piece: Strong World

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Matt Kamen turns video pirate!
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One piece: Crew Manifest #1

Matt Kamen finds out who’s who in the One Piece anime
Monkey D. Luffy: The founder and captain of the Straw Hats, Luffy is a carefree soul who wants to become king of the pirates. After eating the Gum-Gum Devil Fruit, he gained an elastic body, making him near-invulnerable and able to stretch but paradoxically making him unable to swim.

One Piece: Crew Manifest #2

Back at sea for volume two of One Piece
Before you set sail on the second round of voyages for One Piece, brush up on who you’ll be encountering in this latest volume of nautical nonsense

One Piece music: TOMATO CUBE

Tom Smith on One Piece’s TOMATO CUBE
One-hit wonders. Every country has them. And, as PSY can most likely attest, very few musicians really want to be labelled as one. Sure, it’s all fun, games and fancy dinners when that royalty cheque floats through the letter box. The one with all the zeroes from that single from yesteryear that went massive. But what about the rest of your work? It must be somewhat unsatisfying as an artist to be known for one track, while everything else remains relatively overlooked, and expectations are high for that difficult follow up single. If you’re TOMATO CUBE, you do nothing. Ever again.


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Out in UK cinemas on 17th October
The fan favourite anime comes to the UK in a live-action feature version.

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Helen McCarthy examines Katsuhiro Otomo’s landmark Akira, then and now
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With the release of Danganronpa: The Animation just under a week away, we thought we'd share with you our trip to last year's Danganronpa event in Ikebukuro.


Who watches the watchmen watching your thoughts...?
Psycho-Pass; the first half of the name should warn you. This is a blend of SF and horror by the studio which brought you Ghost in the Shell, now splicing cyberpunk, police procedural and splatter. There will be blood, and dismembered body parts, and if no-one’s actually eaten a human liver on the show yet, there’s still Psycho-Pass 2 to come.

How to Cosplay

Amber Lawrence on the top ten ways to perfect cosplay without ending up on a snark site.
The most important thing anyone needs to know about cosplay is that it’s all about putting on a silly costume for a day, hanging out with your fellow geeks and revelling in geekish joy. But if you combine the increasing numbers of people getting into cosplay and the speedy and anonymous nature of the internet, you end up with a lot of websites out there dedicated to showcasing “Cosplay Fail”. So, if you want to have some costumed fun for the weekend but are worried about faceless internet critics nitpicking at your efforts afterwards, here are our survival tips…
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Kite: the Movie

A live-action remake of the anime classic
Right, hands up those of you who have been betting on which 1990s anime would get a Western live-action remake first. Ok, who had Ghost in the Shell? Evangelion? Cowboy Bebop? But Yasuomi Umetsu’s notorious sexed-up actioner Kite (1998) has beaten them all to the screen, starring anime fan Samuel L. Jackson.

Nura Rise of the Yokai Music: LM.C

Tom Smith on the rise of the UK clan
LM.C are amongst a very elite type of Japanese musician. The clan they belong to is so exclusive that its numbers barely reach into the double digits. And its members are also a diverse bunch, including a guitar legend named Tomoyasu Hotei, a boiler-suited new-wave trio called POLYSICS, to a dark, heavy noise making machine dubbed Dir en grey. There’s even pop goddess Hikaru Utada in there too to balance things out.
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