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A teenage boy named Monkey D. Luffy goes on a journey to find the fabled One Piece and become Pirate King, building a crew of merry mischief-makers as he goes.
One Piece is a lighthearted, yet deeply moving, manga and anime series created by Eiichiro Oda, and has been running for nearly twelve years. It's well known for it's off-beat characters, rich storyline, moving scenes, and heart-stopping action. A manga where death is rare, normally isolated to flashbacks; side characters are abundant and never forgotten, and where fodder characters literally faint in the presence of greatness. It is a series ultimately about believing in your dreams, and the bonds of friendship that can be even stronger of those made in blood or steel.
Twenty-two years ago the greatest pirate that has ever been known was caught by the World Government. His name was Gold Roger. He was returned to the village that bore him so that he could be executed. Though in shackles, he walked down the roads as if he was a conquering hero come home. Before his execution someone in the crowd shouted to know where did he hide his greatest treasure, One Piece. Still smiling Gold Roger gave his final words.
" You want my treasure? It's yours for the taking,...but you must find it!
I left it at 'that place'! "
The swords of the executioners fells and the greatest pirate of them all died. This was thought to of been a warning to all and extinguish the hopes of all pirates, but it failed. The last words of Gold Roger ignited the excitement of the world, and thus began "The Great Age of Pirates"!
Inspired as a child by the pirate Red-Hair Shanks, the carefree teenager Monkey D. Luffy sets out to find the fabled treasure, One Piece; and become the Pirate King. On his side: a rubber body, thanks to having eaten a particular fruit that give powers to those who eat it. Over time he's joined by the alcoholic swordsman Zoro, thief and would-be cartographer Nami, and a host of other colorful characters who all join Luffy's Straw Hat Pirates crew in the search for the One Piece ... whatever it is.
The main focus on the story revolves around a specific crew of pirates, The Straw Hat Pirates. Each member of the crew has a specific dream they follow and the relations between the cast are less like a crew and closer to that of a family. The captain Luffy has gathered a crew one person at a time, half of which came from the East Blue; and the other half from people met along the Grand Line. Some members actually hated pirates before coming a member of the crew.
Monkey D. Luffy is the crew captain. His dream it to find Gold Roger's treasure, One Piece; and becomes King of the Pirates. He is almost never without the straw hat that he is known for. However, the hat is not his. It belongs to the pirate Shanks. As a child Luffy ate the Devil Fruit called the Gum-Gum Fruit. This gives his entire body the consistency of rubber. He is a kindhearted and easy going person. Each member of his crew are not seen as workers or employees, but they are his friends.
Roronoa Zoro is the first member of the crew to join Luffy. His dream is to becomes the greatest swordsman in the world. He is known as the Pirate Hunter, but never referred to himself as such. He is the user of the sword style Santōryū. Zoro is often mistaken for being the true captain. Being the first mate is it rare that he actually uses that authority.
Nami was a proud thief that only stole from pirates, due to her personal hatred of them. Her navigational skills have been shown second to none. Her dream since she was a small child is to make a map of the world. She has a love for treasure and money. Despite being below in rank of Luffy and Zoro, the whole crew often takes her orders and listens to her plans. Nami is one of the few people Luffy has trusted his precious straw hat with.
Usopp is a world class liar and sniper. He often refers to himself as "Captain Usopp". His most prominent facial feature is the long nose. His dream is to becomes a brave warrior of the seas, but his cowardly behavior more often stands in the way. His aim is superb under even the worst conditions. He did the shipwright work and developed weapons for himself and Nami. After leaving the crew for a short time. Usopp developed a secret identity persona called Soge King.
Sanji is a chef beyond compare. Able to make healthy high class meals out of the most meager of ingredients. He has a dream to find the All Blue, a location where all the fish from the different seas meet. A dream most chefs dismiss as a fairytale. He is a skirt chaser and loves beautiful women. His fighting style is based completely on the use of his feet, and will never strike a woman. Even if it costs him his life.
Tony Tony Chopper is the crew's doctor and the first member to officially join the crew that is from the Grand Line. Including it's only animal member. His dream is to becomes a doctor that can cure any sickness. The youngest member of the crew. He is rather timid and tries to hide his love of being praised by cursing at whoever compliments him. Chopper is a reindeer that ate the Human-Human Fruit. This is why he can talk and change forms.
Nico Robin is the ships scholar and archeologist. A mature, and intelligent beauty. Her dream is to find the Rio Poneglyph, to discover the truth behind the missing century in the world's history. She had been on the run most of her life from the age of eight. She lived among pirates, but only used them for her own needs. She had intended to do the same with the Star Hat crew, but quickly formed a deep bond with the family that is the crew. Robin as a small child ate the Bloom-Bloom Fruit. This gives her the ability to cause any part of her body to duplicate and bloom.
Franky is the shipwright of the crew and builder of the crew's latest ship Thousand Sunny. His dream is to build the greatest ship to sail the seas. He is a half cyborg. Since he was the one who did the work it only includes his front half. He often wears very little clothing and is a flamboyant personality. He is the oldest "living" member of the crew. Franky is the only member of the crew that had to be forced to join. Though it was for his own good and he was happy to do so.
Brook is the latest member of the crew to join and is Luffy's long sought after musician. Technically, Brook is already dead and is a living skeleton. The most prominent feature is the afro that still clings to his skull. His dream is much more of a goal. He wishes to return to the beginning of the Grand Line to see the whale Laboon. Brook is the second swordsman of the crew, but his style is vastly different then Zoro's. He uses musician effects in his sword fighting.
One Piece is a lighthearted, yet deeply moving, manga created by artist and writer, Eiichiro Oda. The first chapter was published in Weekly Shōnen Jump on August 4, 1997. The first volume format was released in December 24, 1997. The final version of the story wouldn't begin until Oda had created two one-shot chapters using Luffy and a Nami-like character. Both chapters were named "Romance Dawn", which was the name of the first chapter of the final series. Oda has admitted to drawing heavy inspiration from the work of Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball. Though Dragon Ball lasted for 519 chapter, One Piece passed that mark in Volume 53 and has gone on well beyond that point.
The publication in 2010 began to break publication and sale records for manga in Japan. As one example, One Piece Volume 60 had 3.4 millions units published for it's first printing, and in four days of it's release sold 2,094,123 units. In August of 2010 and after 13 years of publication, One Piece went on a two week hiatus. While the length of this break wasn't unusual for the series. Upon it's return, the series had a two year, in-story time skip where much of the crew returned with new designs and abilities.
One Piece was licensed by VIZ Media for the North American distribution. The first English translated volume of One Piece was released on June 30, 2003. Under VIZ's publication, it has undergone some levels of story alteration and censorship. The military of the world that are marked with the name "MARINE" on all their uniforms is called in the U.S. version as "Navy". In the Skypiea Arc that ran through Volumes 26-32, VIZ removed the use of the word "God" in place of "Kami", a Japanese word meaning "God".
Wanted! is a collection of many of Eiichiro Oda's short stories and one-shots that he produced before the completion of the One Piece story. Included in the collection is the second original Romance Dawn story. It was released in November 4, 1998 in Japan, but never published in the U.S.
The character Ryuuma, who appears in the Wanted! story titled Monsters, was incorporated into the One Piece story during the Thriller Bark Arc, that ran through Volumes 46-49. He was only seen as a resurrected zombie, and his sword the Shuusui was passed on to Roronoa Zoro.
One Piece Color Walk is an art book series of full color illustrations of the cover art that is seen at that start of every chapter in Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga. It's published by Shueisha in Japan, and the first edition was released in July 19, 2001. After Color Walk 2, the series began to add subtitles using the named of animals. Later series also included Oda's design work, character details, fan polls, and interviews.
The series is licensed to in the U.S. by VIZ Media. They released the first edition in November 8, 2005, but the second wouldn't be published until January 3, 2012.
One Piece Data File are a series of character and series guide books. They are published by Shueisha and written by Eiichiro Oda. It was in these books that Oda would explain some of the finer details of the world he created for One Piece, and it included design notes and stats on his characters. Four volumes have currently been produced, and the first was released on January 5, 2002. None have been published in the U.S.
Cross Epoc is an example of the rare times manga series have performed story cross-overs with another series. The Cross Epoc story is a collaboration of Eiichiro Oda and Akira Toriyama of their One Piece and Dragon Ball universes. The cross-over was for a single chapter that was published along with One Piece Ch. 439 in the Weekly Shonen Jump on December 25, 2006. The events held no canon to either story, and it had characters from both worlds intermingled in a humors short story of them all gathering together for a party.
One Piece Film: Strong World Anime Comic is an anime comic that was created as a special promotional comic that uses still frames from the One Piece Film Strong World, the tenth movie in the One Piece series. Eiichiro Oda is credited as the author. This two volume anime comic is published by Shueisha's Jump Comics. Both volumes were released on December 3, 2010. One year after the film was released to theaters on December 12, 2009. The series has not been published in the U.S.
One Piece x Toriko Crossover is the second cross-over for the One Piece series, and it brought together Eiichiro Oda with one of his friends Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro, the creator of Toriko. The cross-over was for a single chapter that was published along with One Piece Ch. 619 in the Weekly Shonen Jump on April 4, 2011.
The One Piece anime is based upon the original One Piece manga that was created by Eiichiro Oda. The series was initially directed by Kônosuke Uda, but has had several lead directors throughout the series run. The music was produced by Kouhei Tanaka and Shiroh Hamaguchi. It's a shonen action series that was produced for a young male audience and older. It was produced by Toei Animation; and Fuji TV. It's aired in Japan on various distributors, such as Fuji TV. The first episode originally aired first episode originally aired on October 20, 1999. The series has followed much of the original mangas story arcs but with various filler arcs in between.
Originally being distributed to the U.S. by the 4Kids company. The series suffered heavy editing, because they had purchased the rights along with many other series without first examining the anime. After they lost the rights, it was later acquired by the FUNimation company in 2007. They would later go on to streaming the latest episode out of Japan with subtitles off their official website. The episodes are currently being added to the FUNimation site one hour after they air in Japan.
The One Piece Jidaigeki Special: Luffy Oyabun Torimonocho (aka Boss Luffy: Fuedal Era Side Story) is a special anime spin-off, but are not a part of the One Piece main story line. This series began as end of the year specials of an alternate universe for One Piece. The setting took place in a land called Grand Jipang and in a time line of the Japanese Edo period. Luffy is no longer a pirate but the local officer of the law, but still retains his Devil Fruit powers. The side story series were eventually aired with the anime as filler episodes.
The One Piece Film Strong World Episode: 0 is a special OVA that was released as a promotional episode along with the tenth animated feature film, One Piece Strong World. It's a direct animated adaptation of the Chapter 0 that Eiichiro Oda wrote and illustrated. It was never aired as part of the regular anime series, but released as a special OVA. It was released in late Apr. 2010 in a limited run of 3,000 copies.
One Piece 3D Gekisō! Trap Coaster is a special 3D short film that was released on December 1, 2011 at selected Japanese theme parks. The twelve minute long short film was produced by TOEI Animation and shown in stereoscopic 3D theaters at Aichi Prefecture's Lagunasia theme park, Nagasaki Prefecture's Huis Ten Bosch theme park, Kanagawa Prefecture's Yokohama Landmark Tower, and Hiroshima Prefecture's NTT CRED Hall.
One Piece: Episode of Nami - Tears of a Navigator and the Bonds of Friends is a special OVA produced by TOEI Animation and it originally aired on TV in Japan directly after One Piece Episode 560. It is a dramatic and abbreviated retelling of the Arlong Park Arc and the events that led up to it.
One Piece: Episode of Luffy - Adventure on Hand Island is a special OVA produced by TOEI Animation and it originally aired on TV in Japan directly after One Piece Episode 576. and the same day as ONE PIECE FILM: Z was released in theaters. Unlike the previous character episode, One Piece: Episode of Nami - Tears of a Navigator and the Bonds of Friend, that summarized previous events. This special is a non-canon side story along with a retelling of the original Romance Dawn story.
Several movies have been based upon the One Piece series and are produced by Toei Animation, the same production company of the anime series. Only the tenth of these films held any place in the original canon. Most of the films were released in the first week of March on a yearly basis.
One Piece: The Movie is the first movie of the One Piece franchise. It was directed by Junji Shimizu, and it was written by Michiru Shimada. The music is produced by Kouhei Tanaka. The movie was released in Japan in March 4, 2000. It's not been released for the U.S. The story takes place between the evens of Syrup Village and Baratie Arcs.
One Piece: Clockwork Island Adventure is the second movie of the One Piece franchise. It was directed by Junji Shimizu, and it was written by Hiroshi Hashimoto. The music is produced by Kouhei Tanaka. The movie was released in Japan in March 3, 2001. It's not been released for the U.S. This is the first film to feature Sanji.
One Piece: Chopper’s Kingdom on the Island of Strange Animals is the third movie of the One Piece franchise. It was directed by Junji Shimizu, and it was written by Hiroshi Hashimoto. The music is produced by Kouhei Tanaka. The movie was released in Japan in March 2, 2002. It's not been released for the U.S. This is the first film to feature Chopper.
One Piece The Movie: Dead End Adventure is the fourth movie of the One Piece franchise. It was directed by Kônosuke Uda, the director of the anime series; and it was written by Yoshiyuki Suga. The music is produced by Kouhei Tanaka and Shiroh Hamaguchi. The movie was released in Japan in March 1, 2003. It's not been released for the U.S. This is the first film to feature Nico Robin.
One Piece: Curse of the Sacred Sword is the fifth movie of the One Piece franchise. It was directed by Kazuhisa Takenouchi, and it was written by Yoshiyuki Suga. The music is produced by Kouhei Tanaka and Shiroh Hamaguchi. The movie was released in Japan in March 6, 2004. It's not been released for the U.S.
One Piece: Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island is the sixth movie of the One Piece franchise. It was directed by Mamoru Hosoda, and it was written by Masahiro Itou. The music is produced by Kazuhiko Sawaguchi, Kouhei Tanaka, and Maruo Minoru. The movie was released in Japan in March 5, 2005. It's not been released for the U.S. This movie had the most dramatic stylized change of the previous movies.
One Piece: Giant Mecha Soldier of Karakuri Castle is the seventh movie of the One Piece franchise. It was directed by Kônosuke Uda, the director of the anime series; and it was written by Masahiro Itou. The music is produced by Kouhei Tanaka and Yasunori Iwasaki. The movie was released in Japan in March 4, 2006. It's not been released for the U.S. The events of this story take place just before the Water 7 Arc. This is the first movie of the series to use heavy fanservice of bouncing breasts, sometimes refereed to as the Gainax Bounce.
One Piece: The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta is the eighth movie of the One Piece franchise. It was directed by Takahiro Imamura, and it was written by Hirohiko Uesaka. The music is produced by Kazuhiko Sawaguchi, Kouhei Tanaka, Minoru Maruo, Shiroh Hamaguchi, and Yasunori Iwasaki. The movie was released in Japan in March 3, 2007. This was the first of the One Piece films to be distributed to the U.S. market and was released on DVD in February 19, 2008. This movie is a remake of the Alabasta Arc from the manga/anime but contained some alterations in continuity.
One Piece: Episode of Chopper Plus: Bloom in Winter, Miracle Sakura is the ninth movie of the One Piece franchise. It was directed by Junji Shimizu, and it was written by Hirohiko Uesaka. The music is produced by Kouhei Tanaka and Shiroh Hamaguchi. The movie was released in Japan in March 1, 2008. It's not been released for the U.S. This movie is a remake of the Drum Island Arc from the manga/anime but contained drastic alterations in continuity. In this version of the story Nico Robin and Franky are already members, and the crew has the Thousand Sunny ship.
One Piece Film: Strong World is the tenth movie of the One Piece franchise and the first to be tied to the canon of the original manga. This is the first film that Oda personally oversaw the production, and created the original story concept. It was directed by Munehisa Sakai, and the script was written by Hirohiko Uesaka. The music is produced by Kouhei Tanaka and Shiroh Hamaguchi. Strong World was released in Japan in December 12, 2009. It's not been released in the U.S. Eiichiro Oda produced a special One Piece: Strong World chapter in the manga to introduce the main villains of the movie and gave insight to the world before the death of Gold Roger. It was a celebration of the franchise's coming on the ten year anniversary.
The Straw Hat Pirates were on their journey in the Grand Line when news arrives that the East Blue is being tormented with a terrible crisis. With this hitting close to home for many in the crew who are originally from the East Blue. They decide to put their adventure on hold to return. Before they could leave, they are approached a flying pirate ship commanded by the Golden Lion Shiki, a legendary pirate who once faced off against both Whitebeard and Gold Roger. After abducting Nami to be his navigator, Shiki hurls the Straw Hats down to the floating islands on Merveille. Now separated from each other, it becomes a battle of survival while surrounded by Shiki's menagerie of powerful creatures. Even if Luffy can reunite his missing crew. He then must decide if he's to abandon Nami or face off against a living legend who challenged the Pirate King and his 5,000 strong crew.
For the DVD/BD of the film in Aug. 27, 2010, Oda personally requested that certain scenes be added that weren't in the theatrical release.
One Piece 3D: Straw Hat Chase is the eleventh film of the One Piece franchise. It was directed by Hiroyuki Sato, and it was written by Yasuyuki Tsutsumi. The movie was released in Japan in March 19, 2011. It's not been released for the U.S. It's the first movie in the series to be created for 3-D and using completely computer generated graphics. It was released as part of a double feature Toriko 3D: Kaimaku Gourmet Adventure, the first film in the Toriko series.
One Piece Film Z is the twelfth film in the One Piece franchise. The announcement of the movie was made on November 13, 2011 on FUJI TV as they were airing the previous One Piece Film: Strong World. This will be the second movie that Eiichiro Oda has played a major hand in it's production, the first being Strong World. The only part of the story that is known is that it will take place during the post-time skip New World Era. It's expected to be released in December 15, 2012
Over the many decades the series have been in publication it has had many story arcs with little in between. These are normally isolated to each of the islands the crew visits
The story of Luffy's child hood and his inspirations for being a pirate, and the beginning of his own adventure to find One Piece.
Luffy faces off against his first Marine Captain and gain his first crew member.
Luffy gains a reluctant navigator and fights against an old ally of his pirate hero Shanks.
Luffy and his small crew meet a compulsive liar and help defend this small village from an infamous pirate thought long dead.
Luffy is on the look for a cook and needs to fight with the most dangerous pirate from the East Blue that ran away from the Grand Line.
Luffy has to get his navigator back from an evil merman called Arlong and save Nami's home.
The Straw Hat crew land in the town where the Pirate King was executed and have to fight to leave.
Luffy and the crew face off with a village of bounty hunters and get unknowingly dragged into a war with a secret organization known as Baroque Works.
To get Vivi back to Alabasta the crew has to stop off at an island time forgot and try to survive dinosaurs, giants, and Baroque Works agents trying to kill them.
The crew rushes to save Nami from a mysterious illness, must fight a selfish king, and gain a doctor for the crew.
The Straw Hat crew fight against the Baroque Works to help Princess Vivi free her kingdom from the hands of Crocodile.
The crew come to an island to find a way to the legendary Sky Islands and learn of the legend of a great liar.
Now in the sky, the crew cross ways with a Devil Fruit user that claims to be a god and will sacrifice the lives of anyone he pleases.
Back in the Blue Sea, the Straw Hat crew take part in a game between pirates where you risk both your pride and the lives of your very friends.
In the land or water the crew try to get their beloved ship repaired, and the crew fractures as one leaves and another seems to of betrayed them to kill.
The whole Straw Hat crew rush head long into hell to save Robin and declare war against the World Government.
Sailing through a mysterious sea on the Grand Line. The Straw Hats gain a new crew member and find an island of zombies commanded by one of the War Lords of the Sea.
The crew have reached the half way point of the Grand Line, but the Red Line stands in their path. The make a mermaid friend who has the connections that might help the crew move forward, but first they run into an old foe.
Their old foe, now friend, leads the crew to a man who can help them get under the Red Line. In their search Camie, the mermaid, is kidnapped. Saving her from slavery brings about the wrath of the World Government once more, but this time they lose and are scattered across the globe.
Luffy tries to find a way off the island of amazons to reunite with his crew. He meets the most beautiful woman in the world and learns his brother is scheduled to be executed.
With the help of Boa Hancock, Luffy is able to infiltrate the most infamous prison in the world all to rescue his brother. All through the prison levels Luffy risks his life and body. All while running into old enemies and friends.
Luffy failed to get his brother out of prison in time, but joins the massive war between the Marines and the Whitebeard Pirates as they try to save Ace. The outcome of this war will change the Great Age of the Pirates.
One Piece Official Animation Logbook is a published guide of the One Piece anime series. Contained inside is examples of art and screenshots that covered the first sixty-one episodes of the series. Similar to the One Piece Data Books, the animation guides includes character guides, story digests, animators design drawings and staff interviews, and a double-sided fold-out poster. The first guide was published Shueisha in February 25, 2002. A second volume, One Piece Rainbow!, was released in May 1, 2007. None of these books have been published in the U.S.
The One Piece series has very little death. Most named characters that have actually died have been in flash backs, such as with Nami's adoptive mother Bellemere and Zoro's childhood friend, Kuina. Characters have actively killed animals for food, but they have never been characters of the story with names and normally attacked them first. Characters have more often survived ridiculous amounts of physical damage. For example, Koza who was shot multiple times; and Pell, who somehow lived after being point blank next to a bomb designed to level a five kilometer range.
Series creator Eiichiro Oda has once said that he feels it's far more important that the bad guys evil dreams to die, rather then have the heroes actually take a life. Despite this statement there has been certain implications in the story that a few members of the Straw Hat crew has taken a life at some point. None have ever been confirmed.
The first canon deaths in One Piece are in the first chapter of an unnamed bandit at the hands of Lucky Roux, and Higuma, the mountain bandit, when he's eaten by the Sea King that roams around the waters of Luffy's village. However in the anime, these scene were treated as a flashback, but there were eventually the canon deaths of Ace and Whitebeard durring the Whitebeard war with the Marines.
In many of the Shonen Jump manga series (i.e. Naruto, Bleach, Detective Conan) there are normally some forms of romantic relationships. These often become the topic of heated discussions among fans. Though the first chapter of One Piece was titled "Romance Dawn". The story has not had any real development of romance among the main characters. Breaking the trend that is in most manga series.
Series creator, Eiichiro Oda, had once been asked by a fan if there is any romance among the crew. He skillfully evaded the question by answering, "They are in love...........with ADVENTURE.".
Sanji has expressed his undying love for ever female that has been a member of the crew, but he also does so for every attractive female that he comes across, both friend or foe. To date no woman has expressed an interest in returning his advances.
Ironically, the crew member of the Straw Hat pirates that has had some romance in his life is Usopp. Not with another member of the crew, but Kaya, a girl from his home village. She is waiting for his return and trains to be a doctor so when he comes home she can care for him. (CH. 440/Ep. 324) This almost mimics the relationship Usopp's parents had.
Currently, the Shichibukai, Boa Hancock, has fallen in love with Luffy, but that is vastly one sided since Luffy is unaware. She most often misinterprets the smallest gesture for an act of loving affection. In Impel Down, Luffy from a distance mouths out the phrase "Thank You (arigatou)", but she believes he says, "I Love You (aishiteru)". (CH. 526/Ep. 423)
The pirate Alvida has expressed an interest in Luffy, but her desire isn't nearly as extreme as Boa's. Since she watches as Buggy tried to execute him.
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