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One Piece #1

One Piece, Volume 1: Romance Dawn

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A new shonen sensation in Japan, this series features Monkey D. Luffy, whose main ambition is to become a pirate. Eating the Gum-Gum Fruit gives him strange powers but also invokes the fruit's curse: anybody who consumes it can never learn to swim. Nevertheless, Monkey and his crewmate Roronoa Zoro, master of the three-sword fighting style, sail the Seven Seas of swashbuckling adventure in search of the elusive treasure "One Piece."

207 pages, Paperback

First published December 24, 1997

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Eiichiro Oda

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Eiichiro Oda (尾田栄一郎, Oda Eiichirō) is a Japanese manga artist, best known as the creator of the manga and anime One Piece.

As a child, Oda was inspired by Akira Toriyama's works and aspired to become a manga artist. He recalls that his interest in pirates was probably sparked by the popular TV animation series titled Vicky the Viking. He submitted a character named Pandaman for Yudetamago's classic wrestling manga Kinnikuman. Pandaman was not only used in a chapter of the manga but would later return as a recurring cameo character in Oda's own works.

Please also see:
尾田荣一郎 (Chinese, simplified)
尾田榮一郎 (Chinese, traditional)

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Author 2 books16 followers
July 11, 2014
For me, One Piece is best Manga ever written. The story always touch my heart, it is a combination of faithful friendship, laughter, loyalty and action.
Some people might find this manga as silly and pointless (I’ve heard this before) but they never truly read the Manga and therefore judging it simply from the cover. I’ve been in that position too…and thank God I finally looked beyond the cover and found the greatest adventure any Mangaka ever written.

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932 reviews698 followers
April 19, 2020
It's the first time I'm reading the first volume of One Piece. It more than compares favorably to the anime. The main difference between the manga and the anime at this point is that the latter did not start off from Luffy's childhood, instead electing to introduce us to Koby first. In hindsight, it seems like an odd call from the producers at Toei, though I had no grievances at first viewing, and still don't now. On another note, knowing what happens further on in the story in no way dampened my enjoyment of Romance Dawn. It was nostalgic to revisit the story in this form.

The design of the characters was slightly different from their post-time skip selves. Except for Zoro, maybe. The character art is a bit lacking, but is eventually much improved upon. The art style, although less elaborate than what it would evolve into in later arcs, is clean (I'm looking at you Togashi) and detailed. The way Oda depicts action already bears his trademark flowing, impactful visual style, with impressive structure from panel to panel, which makes action scenes a real treat to read. I sometimes find it hard to fully grasp fight choreography in certain mangas, but it's safe to say that I have never had that problem with One Piece.

Luffy is the typical Shonen protagonist - dumb, gluttonous, impulsive etc. But then again he isn't, really. Between gaining his (initially, seriously handicapping) powers at 7 and setting out for the sea, 10 years have passed, with him most certainly training his fighting abilities mindlessly in preparation for his future forays away from his village. In this way, he has more in common with Lemillion from My Hero Academia than the actual protagonist of that series, Deku. He isn't really selfless either, as we'll see later on, but he wants everyone to have the freedom to do what what they want. Until they end up hurting other people, that is. Luffy wants freedom for every one, but wants the greatest freedom for himself, which is why he is trying to become the Pirate King. Technically, being a Gum Gum Fruit user, he can never run out of gum, but that doesn't stop him from kicking ass anyway when someone asks for it, generally by messing with other people's freedom to do what they want. Simple, but not really.

But what is a Pirate King without his crew? Luffy sets out on his own and the first thing he does is try to recruit someone called Zoro, who is a pirate hunter. A bit self-defeating if you ask me, but that sort of thing never stops Luffy, which is the whole point of his character spurred on by the ROMANCE of his journey to Pirate Kinghood. Zoro carries an air of menace even after being bound up and starved for almost a month. But you know he is good at heart when he refuses to let even bad food go to waste. It is later revealed that he is the epitome of "badassery". Every feat of strength, every cutting repartee is delivered with panache by him. The perilous situation he faces even when he should technically be dead are ridiculous, and are always physically punishing to him the most. But to him, even after all the ordeal he has to go through, it will be as if... nothing happened.

Early on, the antagonists are almost jokes, but far from one-dimensional. Alvida and Morgan (he does not deserve the title of captain), are all deeply insecure about their respective bodies. The way they feel the need to constantly intimidate and needlessly abuse their minions (and in case of Morgan, his son) is despicable, but is rooted in their inability to contend with their own perceived imperfections. They are short-lived characters, but there will be a lot more of the same ilk in One Piece, and it is really a testament of Oda's skill as a writer that he manages to flesh out even minor characters as these two.

The last chapter is called "Introducing Nami". That whets the appetite. There is so much foreshadowing about her. This volume is what kicked off this epic sea adventure. At the time of writing, 96 mores have already been released, and we are barely past the halfway mark. I can't wait to see where this journey will take us. Loved this volume to bits.
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4,425 reviews12.7k followers
January 31, 2020
One Piece is the best-selling manga of all time - and, going by this first book, I have no idea why!

A kid called Luffy wants to grow up to become king of pirates. Which seems unlikely until he accidentally eats the gum-gum fruit and basically turns into Mister Fantastic from the Fantastic Four, becoming invulnerable to swords and bullets and seemingly everything, as well as strong, in the bargain! He’s gotta assemble a crew and he’s questing for the fabled treasure, One Piece.

Luffy is not an interesting protagonist. There’s nothing more boring than a main character who is as invincible as he is, who can effortlessly overcome any obstacle in his way and has no weaknesses whatsoever. But, like every other character here, he doesn’t have much of a personality either.

I have no idea why the pirates who had the gum-gum fruit in their possession didn’t eat it immediately and turn into Stretch Armstrong themselves given that doing so has literally no downsides. They just had it because Luffy needed to eat it and get those powers and so have these adventures - it’s that contrived. Also, every time the gum-gum fruit is mentioned - and it’s mentioned a lot - it’s called a “secret treasure” but literally everyone knows what it is so I don’t get what’s “secret” about it??

The story is tedious. Bandits fight pirates in a bar with no stakes; Luffy meets Koby, a dorky cabin boy that wants to join the Navy; and they recruit Roronoa Zolo, another invulnerable character, a master swordsman whose weapons are three large swords (which just seems impractical). Together they easily defeat the not-at-all-scary Captain Morgan and his Prince Joffrey-esque son.

That’s the whole unremarkable and unsurprising book. It’s SO BORING! I honestly can’t tell you one good thing about it. Maybe the first book is a dud and Eiichiro Oda’s extremely long series gets better somewhere later on down the line but, if Romance Dawn is anything to go by, I remain utterly baffled as to One Piece’s popularity.
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1,781 reviews4,492 followers
January 9, 2023
Okay, yes! Now I understand the fascination with this series. If you didn't know, One Piece is the ultimate (by ultimate I mean incredibly long haha) manga series that many have loved and adored. It follows young Luffy who accidently eats the demon Gum-Gum fruit which gives him interesting powers. His dream is to become the pirate king by obtaining the highly sought after one piece. In this first volume he meets a host of different characters including Toby and Zoro who help move support Luffy in his journey.

There are so many directions that this series can go in and I must say I'm officially hooked. While there isn't much that happens in this specific volume, I realized how intrigued I was by the various characters that were introduced in each chapter and my curiosity was further piqued when I realized the potential for these characters to play bigger roles in the future (I'm looking at you Toby!). This is going to be a journey for me. Each chapter is text dense and includes so much information, but for some odd reason I already feel connected to the story and I'm rooting for Luffy to become the Pirate King! I haven't been excited about reading a series like this in a long time and I'm looking forward to what is to come in the future.
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5 reviews
February 17, 2014
I wrote the review for the whole One Piece manga not only for volume one. One Piece is the only manga I've been loyal to for the past ten years.As I grew up I choose to read more serious book and leave manga behind. But One piece is an exception. If you read the manga, you will see how every character, mainly the protagonist have very compelling and charismatic personality. Luffy is the captain, a happy go lucky person who sometimes act stupid (along with Ussop,Chopper and Franky) but very responsible towards his nakama. My favorite is Zorro, a very responsible nakama, who's willing to go trough pain and suffers just to protect the others. The villains are equally awesome too, and to be honest the villains are sometimes better than the main character.

Story wise, the setting was in wonderful world we never imagine, different enemies, and a plot twist we never expect. The One Piece World is very diverse, with unique creature and stronger enemies as the level going up. The incredible detail and meticulous (hands off to Oda) about every part of it, the world government, the sichibukai, the pirate and even for the additional character. This manga is insanely funny!!

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448 reviews271 followers
January 1, 2017
The beginning of one of the most epic manga stories ever. I gave only 4 star for first volume because the world has not much revealed. But on next volumes you could see the fantasy world of One Piece is rich, fresh, and populated with many interesting characters.
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Author 1 book262 followers
July 30, 2016
The world of pirates seems pretty awesome when you are a kid! No rules and parents, just treasure hunts and palm trees and lots of laughter and maybe a colorful parrot on your shoulder - that's the life!! The genius of One Piece is that it perfectly captures these childhood fantasies, turning them into a rollicking adventure that is anchored by relatable characters while bubbling over with fun and enthusiasm. It is no surprise at all that One Piece has been one of the world's best-selling comic-book titles for years - great stuff!
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354 reviews47 followers
June 17, 2016
One Piece is the best selling manga of all time. And it's not close, with approximate sales at 380 million volumes.

Normally, I wouldn't even review something this iconic. It's like giving my opinion on Batman. And not the most recent Batman, but iconic original series Batman. You just don't. It's Batman. But a large majority of my GR friends don't read manga, even among the comic readers, or at least don't review it here if they do. So let's talk about one of the most famous manga of all time. Perhaps you've seen the anime.

One Piece begins with the execution of the King of the Pirates, who, just before the executioner's blade fell, announced that his treasure, called One Piece, was available to anyone who could find it. People are greedy, so the Great Pirate Era begins.

Skipping ahead a decade or so finds us following the young boy Luffy, who wants to be a pirate more than anything, despite not being able to swim. In a moment of plot, he eats the Gum-Gum Fruit, one of the Devil Fruits. Now each devil fruit gives a special power to the person who eats it, and this one basically turns his body into rubber. This means he can't be hurt (pretty much). Bullets bounce off of him, he can punch really far (somehow), etc.

Skip forward another decade and we have Luffy as a young man, still determined to be King of the Pirates! He then sets off on his adventure to find himself a pirate crew and locate the One Piece treasure. The rest of the volume has him run into a couple of enemies, including one with an axe for a hand, and a couple of new friends, including Zolo, who uses the insane three-sword technique.

Through it all Luffy approaches everything like it is just one big adventure, even while people are trying to murder him. He's a fairly odd pirate, really. It's all about friendship and following your dreams, even when they are completely nuts.

Let's talk art. Every now and then, in fact if you scroll down this page to the other reviews is one, you will find someone who says the art is terribad. These people are wrong. You are welcome not to like it, just as you are welcome to not like anything. But you're still wrong. :D

One Piece manages to have clean art while still being very kinetic. I'd say it is art that could easily adapt to a cartoon... but there's an anime with over 700 episodes, and the art is pretty much an exact match, so I suppose that is obvious.

The primary issue I have with One Piece, and this is true of pretty much all manga, is that it expects you to be in for the long haul. While there are a couple of completed stories in this volume, it is obviously just the setup for things to come. Those of us reading american comics for decades are used universe resets and such seemingly all the time. You don't typically get that with manga (at least not the stuff that gets translated to English. I wouldn't know about the rest of the market.. and watch One Piece be the exception since I haven't read most of it yet). They aren't typically books you pick up with the something recent like you often can with american comics. Start back at the beginning and catch up. There are currently over 80 volumes of this, and it's still going, so there's a lot to catch up on. But it's the best selling manga of all time, so it can't be too bad.

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256 reviews33 followers
April 12, 2022
Fantastic long journey begins

چه شروع فان و باحالی، چقدر از انیمه بهتره مانگا، پیسینگ سریعتری داره و کاملاً جذاب‌تره
شخصیت‌ها خیلی بهتر معرفی شدن و شروع مانگا از انیمه بهتره
خیلی سعی کردم دیگه سراغ مانگا طولانی نیام ولی خب نشد، این یکی هم مثل برزرک جذابه
روزی یک ولیوم سعی می‌کنم بخونم که تا آخر تابستون تموم بشه
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1,041 reviews948 followers
August 1, 2018
One Piece is famous for being that one manga that absolutely refuses to end. At 89 (!) volumes and counting, it's one of the longest-running series in history, and an extremely intimidating undertaking for many new readers like me because of that. Still, its insane popularity and the pirate adventure premise piqued my interest enough to check at least the first volume, and I have to say — I'm into it!

One Piece is about a young boy named Luffy, whose biggest dream has always been becoming the Pirate King and finding One Piece, the greatest treasure in the world. At one point, he accidentally eats a magic fruit that gives him the ability to stretch his body just like Reed Richards, but it also (for some baffling reason) makes him unable to swim. One day he decides to embark on an adventure, looking for a ship and a crew.

It's quite humorous in a way that reminded me of one of my favourite video game series ever, Monkey Island. While One Piece is nowhere near the same level of wit as Ron Gilbert's legendary games, I will still take my comedy pirate adventure fix wherever I can get it. Luffy is a fun main character who takes shit from no one, no matter their status or reputation, and I loved every moment when he punched some big-shot in the face. The rest of the cast looks promising, although no one truly stands out so far — it's mostly Luffy's show at this point.

The artwork looks very nice! It's cartoony and a bit over-exaggerated, but it works really well with the tone of the storytelling. I have to mention that I was reading this volume online through some not-so-official sources (don't judge me), and I had a fully-coloured version — I'm not sure if this version is officially available in english, but oh boy, the colour really suits this manga. I think if I were to read this in black-and-white, I would have a bit more trouble distinguishing between certain characters, especially female ones, because they all have the same face and only slightly different hair styles. Other than that, the book looks absolutely delightful, just like a good adventure comic should.

Overall, I was really pleasantly surprised by the first volume of One Piece. I know it's impossible to judge such a massive series just by one volume out of 89 (!!), but I sure am willing to read more. And while I can't say if I'm ever going to read all 89 (!!!) volumes, I get the feeling that this is the kind of series that is about the journey, not the destination.
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89 reviews15 followers
January 1, 2015
I've gone on and on about my hatred for shonen manga. I've said before it's franchises like Naruto and Yu Gi Oh that form what most westerners conceive to be the whole of manga-- which is a problem, because as long as manga is seen as just a teen fad, some amazing works of comic art and literature are being completely overlooked by a large audience that might otherwise devour them. Sure, Seinen manga seems to have a small foothold now, but what about Gekiga? Or Josei? How about some of the classics like Rose of Versailles? Anytime Viz licenses something that isn't just teenagers shooting psychic rays at each other, it's a miracle. So why, you must be wondering, would I give One Piece five stars?

Because it's pure cartooning.

Out of the "big three" Shonen Jump titles, One Piece is by far the superior. While Dragon Ball is an obvious influence of both One Piece and Naruto, Naruto is only a derivative of Akira Toriyama's work, where as Eiichiro has pushed beyond those limits, creating an art style and world just as unique to himself as Toriyama's was with Dr. Slump. But even as slapstick as One Piece can be, Eiichiro has the storytelling ability to make you care for his large cast of characters in the most absurd situations-- something Bleach hasn't been able to do since somewhere in the Soul Society Arc. However more flashier Bleach may be, One Piece makes up for it with heart.

Sure, One Piece isn't perfect. Like any popular manga running in a weekly magazine, there's times you can tell Eiichiro and his assistants are rushing to get those 18 pages done. And of course, with over 60 some volumes in the series, it's amazing how far a single storyline can stretch, and 600 chapters can be quite daunting for new readers. But when Eiichiro and his guys are firing on all cylinders, this is the comic that justifies Jump's existence.
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469 reviews258 followers
September 13, 2020
I enjoyed this way more than I anticipated. Might have to give the anime a go.
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208 reviews56 followers
May 11, 2017
Let's get this straight. I am a hardcore One Piece fan. I have been since forever. I remember watching it on tv as a kid. Then they stopped airing the show for some reason. The problem was that it was dubbed in greek and they changed the title and i had no clue from where to start in order to find it. Since then i have been searching for it. I was in desparare need to watch it. And believe me, back then it was not easy to find anything cz internet was not like today's at all. I started loosing hope and i completetly lost track of it for some years but all this time i've never stopped being attached to it. Then i found everything, got obsessed about it, loved it, adored it. I started reading the manga later on and there are some minor things in there that are different from the anime but it is 100% the same story. I am telling you, the manga is soooo good <3. This is the first volume and it contains chapters 1-8. It also contains all the feels and all the nostalgia. This is the beggining of everything. Oda sensei is amazing. He is giving us an adventure filled with love, humor, values. Beautiful story, amazing characters. Cannot reccomend more. If you like manga and anime, read or watch this, or do both.

**I keep rereading this and how can i possibly express how much i love it?**
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72 reviews15 followers
August 6, 2015
Eiichiro Oda is an amazing Mangaka. One Piece is for a reason the number one bestselling manga in the world. The amount of work and dedication that goes into every page of One Piece is something special and makes you respect Oda as an amazing artist & mind.

I have been following this series for the last 14 years and I can say with confidence that One Piece is one of the few long running mangas where there are hardly if not any story faults/gaffes/plots holes. The story is very consistent and all the strings seem to come together perfectly sooner or later.

A few complaints regarding the manga would be that it is very slow paced. Some archs are totally unnecessary and boring. For a 14-year-old running manga, which according to Oda has 14 more years to go, it has very few "epic" moments. Just one to be exact and that was the White Beard arch. Oda tends to keep a lot of secrets to keep you guessing and speculating, which is fun at start but after 14 years you do get a bit angry.

This manga is not meant for everyone and it is a huge dedication, but once you start reading it.... It is almost impossible to stop.
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681 reviews1,658 followers
February 16, 2016
I already feel so invested in Luffy. He is so quirky and awesome. I can't wait to continue his story!
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448 reviews42 followers
November 7, 2022
Ahhhhh I loved it … definitely continuing!
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759 reviews1,454 followers
December 12, 2011

This has got to be the ugliest manga art I've ever seen. Sorry, but it's true. I really, really, really don't like this style and I knew that going in because I've seen caps from the anime. It's over the top and unpleasant and cluttered and sort of makes my eyes ache to look at it.

and yet
there is something about the story. Don't ask me what, but there's something. It's not totally bad. It's absurd and banal at worst, silly at best, but I guess it has potential. I could do without the cheesy yelling-names-of-fighting-moves thing (seriously, why is this a thing in anime and manga. It just makes the characters sound stupid) and I'm not crazy about the writing quality, but I'd pick up another volume. I guess. Maybe.
We'll see.
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Author 6 books31.2k followers
March 15, 2015
A manga that is a silly and rollicking pirate story that reminds you of every (boy) adventure story you liked as a kid. Over the top, funny, inventive. One of the most beloved and best selling and longest running manga series of all time. I didn't love it, a little too goofy for me, so it's about a 3.5 for me, maybe that high because it is good and energetic and I get why half the world loves it, but that low because it's just not my favorite style in form or content.
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854 reviews97 followers
February 12, 2021
Spanning over a 1000 chapters, One Piece is one of the longest running and the best selling manga in history.

The first volume in the decades spanning series may not seem to be very epic stuff, but it succeeds in setting up the characters and the premise. Eichiro Oda has, in one volume, established the tone and setting of his universe.

If one is looking for an adventure that is filled with humour and heart, with many epic moments to come, One Piece is your treasure.
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Author 5 books241 followers
January 17, 2022
I don't know if I've ever laughed, or cheered, and definitely not cried, at any written work as I have at One Piece. For nearly two decades it's been my go-to cure for dark days and melancholy. It's my favourite ongoing story - I'm not going to miss its ending for the world.

This first volume opens with all the action and character and heart that is often reserved for the climax of your average tale, with the world and its people well-established from the very beginning, the course of the story clear, the art brisk and nice - and yet each succeeding volume is only going to up the stakes all the more. No other story - none that I know, anyway - has pulled off things quite as One Piece will. In fact in recent years it may have gone a bit too far. But that'll be for then. For now, no complaints.
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271 reviews123 followers
August 21, 2020
I have been following One Piece for almost 15 years now and it is one of my favorite manga and one of the best adventure stories out there. Oda is a great artist and an amazing storyteller who has managed to build a compelling narrative, rich in emotions and set in a rich detailed world that only rewards you more every time you reread it.

In its basic premise, One Piece is a grand tale of romance and adventure set in an oceanic world where the execution of the pirate king Gold D. Roger has ushered in a new era of pirates all looking for his great treasure, the One Piece. The story follows the protagonist Monkey D. Luffy, who wants to find One Piece and become the king of the pirates, and his nakama that he gathers on the way. While the story progresses through small self contained arcs with their own conflicts and resolution, they all add up to an overarching story line and a fundamental conflict that becomes more and more apparent as the manga progresses. Especially after the summit war that breaks the balance among the world powers and brings in the new age.

The sea itself seems to be the perfect setting for such a tale of grand and fantastical adventure. The sea is vast and it signifies endless possibilities. It symbolizes freedom, dreams and hope, and also mystery and adventure. Also the the weather patterns of the grandline, where you can only navigate by going from one island to the next, reinforces the sense of mystery and anticipation. This is a world where literally anything can happen like ships falling out of the sky and islands in the sky. This living, breathing world in One Piece is one of its greatest strength. Oda has managed to build a large and very detailed world with diverse landscapes and cultures each with their own history, unique technology, geography, wildlife, architecture and political structures. There are countless stories and conflicts and they all intersect and interconnect to form a coherent whole.

But what makes this a living, breathing, and a changing world are the characters. Every character, minor or major, is fully fleshed out. Apart from their purpose in the overarching story line, they all have their own personal stories, their own past and struggles, and their own dreams. Even the characters that are present for just one or two chapters, tell their own story and are very memorable. His character designs play a huge part in it. The designs are all very exaggerated, with idiosyncrasies and quirks that make them unique and memorable.

The main themes st the heart of the story are of friendship, the wonder and discovery of an adventure, the idea of dreams and fulfilling those dreams with sheer willpower and determination, the concept of inherited will and destiny.
Another important theme is the idea of freedom vs control. Oda explores this theme through the power structures in One Piece. Pirates, a tyrannical world government and its navy, the revolutionary army, four emperors of the sea and the schichibukai. There is no clearly defined good vs evil among them. Our protagonists do not belong to any power structure and they are more often than not pitted against other pirates that are cruel and are causing havoc and destruction.

A great story that is fun and entertaining, and it seems we are nowhere close to the end despite running for almost a 100 volumes.
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284 reviews295 followers
May 17, 2015
OMG! I loved it!

One Piece is about a boy named Monkey D. Luffy who is determined to become the "King of the Pirates" by discovering the hidden treasure of the late King of the Pirates, Gold Roger. The only problem is Luffy is too young to join Red-Haired Captain Shanks's crew and he can't swim! When he accidentally eats the fruit of the gum-gum tree, he ruins his chance of ever being able to swim, and now he can stretch like rubber! Captain Shanks sails away but first leaves Luffy his beloved straw hat, thus giving Luffy the new nickname "Straw Hat". Ten years pass and Luffy sets off alone in a small dingy determined to follow his dream. He has no abilities at navigation and just lets the sea take him on a series of adventures where he hopes to build a crew and find the "One Piece" treasure.

I loved Luffy's character! He has such a fierce determination about him, even as a small boy. Captain Shanks realizes this, even seeing a bit of his younger self in the young Luffy. Shanks is a great role model for Luffy, as pirates go, even if Luffy doesn't realize this at first. He shows him that it isn't always necessary to fight, and that killing doesn't make you a man, and that for friends you sacrifice whatever is necessary.

I noticed a definite theme of determination running through this volume. Several characters Luffy encounters all have goals or made promises to themselves or others and all are fiercely determined to see them through to the end regardless of any obstacles that try to block their way.

The art work is great! Lots of interesting looking characters and wonderful facial expressions. There is a good mix of small and large panels and the ships look amazing! The story is full of action and nice flashback scenes that help flesh out some of the characters.

This is a manga I will definitely continue reading, and there are a LOT OF VOLUMES to keep me busy for some time to come. But I'm DETERMINED to read more, and I recommend you pick this up as well. If you are looking to get into manga for the first time, you can't go wrong with One Piece!

5,870 reviews131 followers
July 27, 2021
One Piece is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. The story follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy – a boy whose body gained the properties of rubber after unintentionally eating a Devil Fruit. With his crew of pirates, named the Straw Hat Pirates, Luffy explores the Grand Line in search of the world's ultimate treasure known as "One Piece" in order to become the next King of the Pirates. One Piece, Vol. 1 collects the first eight chapters.

Seven-year-old Monkey D. Luffy tries to join "Red-Haired" Shanks' pirate crew, but is rejected as being too young. He accidentally eats a devil fruit which causes his body to gain the properties of rubber, but makes him unable to swim. After an ordeal with mountain bandits, Luffy abandons his plan to join Shanks' crew and vows to surpass Shanks, build up a crew of his own and become the next king of the pirates.

Ten years later Luffy sets out to sea, frees the young Koby from a slave's life in Alvida's pirate crew and saves three-sword-wielding bounty hunter Roronoa Zoro from being executed by the Navy. With Zoro, Luffy's first crewman, they set sail for the Grand Line – the part of the world where the treasure "One Piece" is supposedly hidden. Along the way, they meet a thief in Nami, who only steals treasure from pirates and wants to join Luff's crew.

This tankōbon is written and illustrated by Eiichirō Oda. For the most part, it is written and illustrated rather well. Set in fictional world, where pirates rules the sea, Monkey D. Luffy, grew up wanting to be a pirate – one that fights the bad pirates off and help those that are adversely affect by them, while finding the mythical treasure – One Piece and become the Pirate King. He saves Koby, a boy from a ruthless pirate queen and Zorro, who was being held by the Marines, who is the first recruit of his crew – the Straw Hat Pirates.

All in all, One Piece, Vol. 1 is a wonderful beginning to a new series that seems really intriguing and I can't wait to read more.
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195 reviews16 followers
April 7, 2022
Ok so, this was a great surprise to me.

I did not expected this to be THAT good, my lord. I take back every thing I said about One Piece. Now I understand why this is a freaking MASTERPIECE!

Can't wait to keep reading!
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5 reviews8 followers
July 11, 2011
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758 reviews120 followers
December 2, 2020
The reasons for One Piece's enduring popularity are on display from the start: bold and goofy characters, frenetic energy, simple and earnest character motivations, and more. I found it a little exhausting, but it grew on me over the course of the full volume, which tells a substantial amount of story. I read this in a three-volume collection from my public library, intending only to read the first volume for a group read, but enjoyed it enough to extend the loan and read the rest later.

I wonder, though, at some of the content, which includes self-mutilation, shooting someone in the head, smoking, putting out a cigarette in someone's eye, some fat shaming. I have been told this is aimed at teens, but given the type of humor and quality of the dialogue (which often relies on whatever manga trope gives us endless renditions of, "His courage is so inspiring! I am now determined to achieve my one goal and won't ever let anything get in the way!" I think of it as best for upper middle grade/pre-teen readers. Of course you can enjoy it at any age.
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1,324 reviews4,620 followers
October 30, 2018
I've never had the chance to check out Luffy in action back in high school, but the popularity of One Piece was undeniable. I'm still a bit surprised that it's still an ongoing series too!

I have to admit that there are some pretty subtle similarities with Naruto, yet it still remains its own thing. Good ol' Luffy and his goofy ways looks to become the greatest pirate and to do so, he looks to assemble a crew of his own.

This first arc looks at some of the first members of his team, but also at Luffy and his silly personality that however manages to highlight his values and morals. Somehow he has a nose for those good guys, and he always finds himself at the right spot at the right time.

I look forward to seeing what insane things he's bound to accomplish or encounter.

Yours truly,

Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer
Official blog: https://bookidote.com/
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320 reviews105 followers
November 29, 2020
Aram yok mangayla... Çok yakın kız arkadaşlarımdan birinin rafine zevkleri olan sevgilisi bayağı ısrar etti okumam için. İkinci cildiyle beraber aldım kendisinden ama nasıl geri vereceğim bilmiyorum. Ayrıldılar.

*Kötü kahkahalar.*

Neyse. Güzeldi aslında ya, umut vadediyor bu seri bence. Ama açıkçası ben tünelin sonunda ışığı görebileceğim serileri, kitapları okumayı tercih ediyorum. Mangalar o kadar uzun ki 30. 40. kitaplara geldiğimi düşünemiyorum bile ki ben dayanamam o kadar. Kaldı ki bu seri 90 küsur kitap. 🌝 Harry Potter falan olsa anlarım da bunlardan bana ekmek çıkmaz.
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