One Piece: Complete Guide to the Blockbuster Franchise – Manga, Anime, and More

One Piece, this Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda, traces the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy.

This boy with an elastic body travels the seas to become the pirate king by unearthing the One Piece, the ultimate treasure. This franchise has been a hit since its launched in 1998. It has, on several occasions, won the title of the best-selling manga of the year. Here is everything you need to know about this opus retracing the adventures of the Straw Hat Pirates.

Genesis and success of One Piece

One Piece is a Japanese manga born under the pen of Eiichiro Oda. It made its first appearance in the weekly magazine Shonen Jump on July 22, 1997.

In 1998, the IG producer had it adapted into original video animation (OVA). Toei Animation also released it as an animated series in 1999. Toei continued its momentum by developing 13 animated feature films, an OVA, and 11 television specials on this manga.

Many companies have also taken advantage of the manga’s fame to develop a collectible card game, video games… Viz Media then transcribed the manga series into English for broadcast in North America and the UK in 2004. Madman Entertainment released it in Australia.

This manga is distinguished by its humor and its unusual history and has broken sales records for several consecutive years. Several of his volumes also beat the publishing record. As of May 2018, it has sold over 440 million copies worldwide. It thus becomes the best-selling manga series in history, a title he kept until 2018.

The One Piece story

The series traces the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy. The body of this young man has acquired strange elastic capacities following the inadvertent consumption of gum-gum, the fruit of the devil.

Inspired by the famous pirate Red Haired, his childhood idol, he is going to travel the seas. He seeks to to get a hand on One Piece, the famous treasure. Its journey begins from the East Blue Sea. He then forms a crew called the Straw Hat Pirates and acquires a ship called the Thousand Sunny.

The story takes place in a world covered by two vast oceans separated by the Red Line. This mountain range forms the only known continent. The Grand Line is a sea perpendicular to the red line. It divides it into four parts: North Blue, East Blue, West Blue and South Blue.

Two regions called Calm Belts and inhabited by the kings of the seas surround the Grand Line. These gigantic sea creatures prevent ships from entering the Main Line. Only members of the intergovernmental organization can enter and exit it freely using the Sea Prism Stone. This stone hides their presence from sea creatures.

The other ships must take the Reverse Mountain, another more dangerous road. Weather conditions and unpredictable currents, the magnetic field of this sea complicate the crossing. The crew must use a special compass called Log Pose to find their way around.

Notable characters in One Piece

The story revolves mainly around Monkey D. Luffy and his friends forming the Straw Hat Pirates. To conquer the seas, Luffy must train his crew. He then saves Roronoa Zoro and befriends this swordsman.

Nami, a navigator and thief. Joined them during their adventures. Usopp, a sniper and die-hard liar also joins them. Sani, a master womanizer then adds to the team. Together they acquire the ship Vogue Merryett that they win by fighting notorious pirates of the sea East Blue.

The crew gains additional members as the series continues. Tony Tony Chopper is both a doctor and an anthropomorphic reindeer. Nico Robin is an archaeologist and a former assassin. Franky is a cyborg shipbuilder. Brook, a scrawny-looking musician is also added to the crew. As for Jimlbei, he is a fishing helmsman. It is together that they acquire another ship called the Thousand Sunny.

Humans and many other races like fishmen, humanoid animals, giants… populate the world of One Piece. It also contains lots of anachronisms, including transponder snails, dials …

Existing media

Being a worldwide success, One Piece has been available in different formats. This Japanese manga was then adapted into an animated series and then into an original video animation, as an animated feature film. It was subsequently also offered in video games and collectible card games.

Manga

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This manga series has been published weekly on Shōnen Jump since July 22, 1997. It includes 914 chapters and 89 volumes.

Its English translation was published by Viz Media between November 2002 and January 30, 2012. In the United Kingdom, the manga is published from March 2006. In Australia and New Zealand, Madman Entertainment publishes the version. English from November 10, 2008.

The publication of this manga is respectively ensured by Japonica Polonica Fantastica, Glénat, Panini Comics in Poland, France and Mexico. LARP Editores then Ivrea also broadcasts it in Argentina if Planeta de Libros takes care of it in Spain. Edizioni Star Comics publishes it in Italy.

Animated

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The first animated One Piece: Defeat Him! The Pirate Ganzack ! is produced by producer IG in 1998. Luffy, Nami and Zoro are attacked by a sea creature who manages to destroy their ship and separate them. Luffy finds himself all alone on an island where he saves a little girl called Medaka from two pirates. Villagers including Medaka’s father were subjected to slavery by Ganzack. The Straw Hat Pirates are forced to fight against Ganzack to prevent them from destroying the island.

Toei Animation also produced an animated television series based on the One Piece manga from October 20, 1999. Making more than 800 episodes, this series is exported to several countries in the world.

On June 8, 2004, 4 Kids Entertainment obtained the license to distribute One Piece in North America. He then reduced it to 104 episodes. The broadcast is then stopped because it does not correspond to the target audience of 4 Kids.

Funimation then produced the English version of One Piece from April 13, 2007. This version aired on Cartoon Network between September 29, 2007 and March 22, 2008. Funimation, Toei Animation, Shueisha and Fuji Television then broadcast it for free at from August 29, 2009.

Between May 18, 2013 and March 18, 2017, Toonami airs the series uncensored. Manga Entertainment then released it in DVD boxed format in the United Kingdom since February 12, 2013. Chrunchyroll has ensured its distribution in other countries including the United States, South Africa, Australia, New -Zeeland and Latin America.

Films One Piece

Thirteen films based on the One Piece series were released in Japan. The films usually appear in March during the Japanese school spring break.

These premium films tell stories independent stories and original plots. They presented contradictions in the chronology. Their design made them incompatible with continuity.

The first three products are double feature films associated with other animated films. They lasted on average one hour at most.

Funimation has authorized the release of the 8th, 10th and 12th films in North America. The company internally dubbed these films.

Video games

Over 40 video games developed by Bandai Namco Entertainment are adaptations of the One Piece franchise.

Accessible on portable consoles and other mobile devices, these games are available in all registers. Sometimes role-playing, sometimes fighting, video games based on the franchise have been all the rage.

Various Shonen Jump games have even taken over the characteristics of this manga. This is particularly the case in Stadium DON, Jump Super Stars, Jump Ultimate Stars et J-Stars Victoire VS.

Romans

This manga has inspired a series of novels. Tatsuya Hamasaki is the father of all these Oda artwork.

His first novel is called One Piece: Defeat Pirate Ganzack was released on June 3, 1999. One Piece : Logue Town Chapter followed on July 17, 2000. On March 19, 2001, Tatsuya Hamasaki launched his work based on Clockwork Island Adventure. The one taken from One Piece : Thousand-year Dragon Legend ends the year on a high note. It was released on December 25, 2001.

Another novel based on Chopper’s Kingdom on the Island of Strange Animals was then released on March 22, 2002. The novel inspired by Dead End Adventure was born on March 10, 2003. The Curse of the sacred sword followed on March 22, 2004, followed by the baron Omatsuri and the secret island released March 14, 2005. The Giant Mechanical Soldier of Karakuri Castles is found on counters on March 6, 2006. The Desert Princess and the Pirates : Adventures in Alabasta did not see him until March 7, 2007.

Miracle Cherry Blossom is the last novel based on this manga. Released on February 25, 2008, it was inspired by the episode Chopper Plus : Bloom in the Winter.

Art books and guide

The One Piece series has also inspired 5 art books and guides:

  • Color Walk 1 released in June 2001
  • Red – Grand Characters launched on March 2, 2002
  • Blue – Grand Data File published on August 2, 2002
  • Color Walk 2 released on November 4, 2003
  • Color Walk 3 – Lion released on January 5, 2006
  • Yellow – Grand Elements released on April 4, 2007
  • Dirty Rainbow 1er from 2007
  • Eagle released on March 4, 2010
  • One Piece: Green – Secret Piece released on November 4, 2010
  • One Piece: Shark released on December 3, 2010

Other media

A kabuki piece inspired by this manga was also held at Shinbashi Enbujö in Tokyo in October and November 2015. One Piece is the very first manga series to organize a “Dome Tour”. The events took place from March 25 to 27 at the Kyocera Dome in Osaka and from April 27 to May 1 at the Tokyo Dome.

In 2014, the first exposition One Piece in Korea was held at the Korean War Memorial. The second was held at the Hongik Daehango Art Center. In 2015, a One Piece trompe-l’oeil exhibition was held at the Hong Kong 3 D Museum.

One Piece popularity globally

One Piece is one of the best-selling manga series in the world. He seduces the public with his original, humorous and worked side. This manga is also the only one to succeed in retaining the list of best seller over ten consecutive years from 2008 to 2018. This franchise also holds the title of Guinness publishing world record for “the greatest number of copies published for the same series of comics by a single author”.

This manga was also one of the finalists for the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize from 2000 to 2002. The German version of its 44th episode won the Sondermann Audience Prize. One Piece also got other equally prestigious titles.

Riding on the popularity of this manga, a restaurant of the same name opened in June 2013.Tokyo One Piece Tower is an indoor theme park. It was also born in the middle of Tokyo, at the headquarters of Fuji Television, on March 13, 2015.