(detailed information about this entry from Wikipedia)
||Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Military, Mystery, Pirate, Shōnen
Chuang Yi (Chinese)
Elex Media Komputindo
Planeta DeAgostini Comics
|| Weekly Shonen Jump
||August 4, 1997 – (ongoing)
|No. of volumes
||42 volumes, with 421 total chapters (as of July 27, 2006)
|| Fuji TV
RTL II/Tele 5
Cartoon Network and Network Ten
||October 20, 1999 – (ongoing)
|No. of episodes
||272 (as of July 23, 2006)
|OVA: Defeat Him! The Pirate Ganzak
|No. of episodes
||July 26, 1998
- One Piece: The Movie (2000)
- Clockwork Island Adventure (2001)
- Chopper's Kingdom on the Island of Strange Animals (2002)
- Dead End Adventure (2003)
- Curse of the Sacred Sword (2004)
- Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island (2005)
- Karakuri Castle's Mecha Giant Soldier (2006)
- Adventure in the Ocean's Naval
- Open Upon the Great Sea! A Father's Huge, HUGE Dream!
- Protect! The Last Great Performance
- The Detective Memoirs of Chief Straw Hat Luffy
- Jango's Dance Carnival
- Dream Soccer King
- Dream Baseball king
One Piece (ワンピース Wanpīsu?) is a manga and anime series created by artist Eiichiro Oda. It revolves around a crew of pirates led by captain Monkey D. Luffy, whose dream is to obtain the ultimate treasure One Piece that was left behind by the King of the Pirates, Gold Roger.
Introduction to Series
One Piece was created by Eiichiro Oda, a former assistant to Rurouni Kenshin author Nobuhiro Watsuki. The series began its run in Issue 34 of the year 1997 in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump and is still being serialized. The original story was planned to last five years, as Oda stated in one SBS of Volume 42, but has continued on longer then author expected, its popularity outgrowning the expectations of Oda himself. As of July 25, 2006, the first 409 weekly installments have been collected in 42 tankōbon volumes. One Piece has currently reached 421 chapters.
One Piece is set in a fictional world, where pirates run rampant in an era known as the "Great Age of Piracy". This age was inaugurated with the execution of Gold Roger, the Pirate King. With his last words, Roger declared that all of the treasure he had collected was up for grabs, if it could be found, and described that it was all in "that" place, possibly referring to the Raftel, the last island in the Grand Line. In the English version, he says that he left everything he owned in "one piece".
The story of One Piece focuses on the trials and tribulations of the Straw Hat Pirates, a crew led by the captain Monkey D. Luffy, as they sail the Grand Line from island to island in search of the Pirate King's great lost treasure. Unlike the traditional bloodthirsty pirate stereotype, the Straw-Hats are far truer to their ideals, seeking for adventure, and are often seen helping a village rather than pillaging it. However, they are still pirates, and as such some crew members have been placed with large bounties on their heads. As of the current story arc, three of the seven pirates have bounties, with an expected eighth crew member and bounties for nearly all the crew members.
Because of its emotional story, comedy, original characters, engaging fight sequences, plot twists, sense of adventure, and a strong focus on unity and fighting for your dreams, One Piece has grown into one of the most popular shōnen manga in Japan.
The One Piece manga started its story in East Blue, then continuing following the adventures of Straw Hat Pirates along their adventurous journey on Grand Line. So far the story can be divided into 4 main story arcs: East Blue Saga, Baroque Works Saga, Skypiea Saga, World Government Saga, each one made up of several various length arcs. The anime tends to follow these arcs, however since the manga is still on-going, the anime also has filler arcs to allow the manga to distance itself from the anime.
The main characters of One Piece are Monkey D. Luffy and his crew, the Straw Hat Pirates. Along the way, they meet several other people, most of them are other pirate crews, while others are marines whose job it is to arrest these pirates.
Most major One Piece characters fall into one of the following:
The crew also encounter countless other characters during their travels.
The first tankōbon was published in December 1997. As of July 2006, One Piece has 421 chapters. Most of the chapters, until chapter 409, have also been collected into 42 tankōbon volumes.
As the popularity of One Piece swelled with its serialization in Shonen Jump, it soon would reach an even larger audience through the medium of television, being adapted into an animated series. That television series (a largely faithful adaptation of the manga) debuted in 1999, but animated One Piece actually had its origins one year earlier.
As of July 2006, One Piece has had a total of 272 TV episodes. One Piece is also notable for the fact that episodes from 207 onwards were broadcast in both normal and high-definition. Hi-def versions of the episodes get special commercial break attract sequences, one for each character.
Since the debut of the series on television, Toei Animation has also produced seven One Piece feature films, released each spring since 2000. In typical fashion for movies based on serialized manga, the films feature self-contained, completely original plots with animation of higher quality than what the weekly anime allows for. Additionally, three of these movies have had special featurettes, showcasing the characters engaged in various activities unrelated to the series (specifically dancing, playing soccer, and playing baseball.) These movies, and their attached featurettes, are as follows:
- One Piece: The Movie (ワンピース Wanpīsu, 2000)- The crew comes across an island that is said to be the location of an amazing collection of gold, but they are not the only ones after it.
- Clockwork Island Adventure (ねじまき島の冒険 Nejimaki-Shima no Bōken, 2001)- When the ship is stolen, the Straw Hats come across a thief duo that claims it was stolen by the Trump Pirates, who have taken over Clockwork Island. To make things even worse, the Trump Pirates kidnap Nami so she can marry their leader. The Straw Hats have to stop them before it's too late.
- Featurette: Django's Dance Carnival (ジャンゴのダンスカーニバル Jango no Dansu Kānibaru)- Django hyponizes an entire island, including the Straw Hats, into dancing so he may escape the Marines.
- Chopper's Kingdom on the Island of Strange Animals (珍獣島のチョッパー王国 Chinjū-jima no Choppā-Ōkoku, 2002)- The crew searches for the "Crowning Treasure", but as they approach the island it is said to be on, they are sent into the air, separating Chopper from the group. On the island, the animals declare Chopper their king. However, there are people besides the Straw Hats looking for the Crowning Treasure.
- Featurette: Dream Soccer King! (夢のサッカー王! Yume no Sakkā-Ō!)- The Straw Hat men challenge their foes to a game of soccer.
- Dead End Adventure (デッドエンドの冒険 Deddo Endo no Bōken, 2003)- In order to gain money, the crew enters a pirate race called the Dead End Race.
- Curse of the Sacred Sword (呪われた聖剣 Norowareta Seiken, 2004)- An old friend of Zoro's is possessed by an evil sword, and due to a favor Zoro owes him, he joins his side. The Straw Hats will have to find a way to seal the sword before its true power is revealed.
- Featurette: Take Aim! The Pirate Baseball King (めざせ! 海賊野球王 Mezase! Kaizoku Yakyū-Ō)- The Straw Hats face the Arlong Pirates in a game of baseball, with Buggy and Mr. 2 Bon Kurei as announcers.
- Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island (オマツリ男爵と秘密の島 Omatsuri Danshaku to Himitsu no Shima, 2005)- The crew lands at a resort owned by Baron Omatsuri, who challenges them to a series of games. However, there is more to Omatsuri and his friends than meets the eye.
- The Giant Mechanical Soldier of Karakuri Castle (カラクリ城のメカ巨兵 Karakuri-Jō no Meka Kyohei, 2006)- The crew searches for the treasure known as the Golden Crown on Mecha Island, a technologically advanced island filled with amazing machines, which is ruled by a man named Ratchet.
Foreign Language Adaptations
Volume 1 English version.
The popularity of One Piece has led to adaptations of both the manga and anime into many other languages including (but not exclusive to) English, German, French, Italian, Tagalog and Finnish.
- One Piece Manga - Vol.42 Chapter 405