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The Great Pirate Era has begun with death of the Pirate King, Gold Roger. A man who had everything. A man looking to become the next Pirate King is Moneky D. Luffy. With his Devil Fruit powers making him a Rubber Man. He's out to start his journey and find a crew.
"We Are" by Hiroshi Kitadani
The captain on the ship references a whirlpool. In the manga Luffy's boat was caught in a whirlpool and Luffy hid in the barrel.
In the manga Luffy's barrel was found by Coby washed up on the shore where Alvida's crew were unloading their spoils.
The entire scene, in the manga, with ALvida's crew, took place on land. His Devil Fruit powers were never shown until he struck Alvida in the face and not the gut, the way the anime depicts.
In this first episode Nami actually appears before Luffy does. Story wise, Nami isn't actually scene until after Zoro joins Luffy. The way she seems ready to raid the pirate ship seems to imply she knew the ship would be attacked.
As Luffy escapes with Coby his eyes meet Nami's and there is a long look. This is most likely a nod to the creation of One Piece. Eiichiro Oda wrote two one shots where a Nami-like character was with Luffy.
In this episode, the English version credits Zoro's voice actor. Though, he had no spoken lines. The Japanese version did not list any credits.
"memories" by Maki Otsuki
|Monkey D. Luffy ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Alvida ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Coby ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Nami ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Roronoa Zoro ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Eiichiro Oda||Concept Artist||Eiichiro Oda is the creative mind behind the popular manga/anime One Piece series.|
|Konosuke Uda||Director||Konosuke Uda is one of the directors of the anime One Piece.|
|Junji Shimizu||Director||Anime Director Affiliated with Toei Animation.|
|Eric Vale||Writer||Works for FUNimation as ADR Director, Writer, and Voice Actor.|