The main character of One Piece is Monkey D. Luffy, a 17-year-old who is on a journey to find the legendary One Piece and become the new Pirate King. However, in order to do this, Luffy must reach the end of the Grand Line, the most dangerous ocean. Luffy ate some Devil Fruit, and gained the ability to stretch himself like rubber. He is also the captain of a crew of pirates calling themselves the Straw Hats.
The first member to join the Straw Hats is Roronoa Zoro, a 19-year-old skilled swordsman. Zoro can use three swords at once; he is able to use a third by clutching it in his mouth. His goal is to become the greatest swordsman in the world. Zoro ends up joining the Straw Hats because Luffy wouldn't rescue him unless he agreed to join Luffy's crew.
Nami, the 18-year-old navigator, is the second member to join the Straw Hats. She is a pickpocket, and also has an ability to recognize and analyze the slightest changes in the weather. Her dream is to draw a complete map of the world.
The third member to join the crew is Usopp, the 17-year-old marksman. He is a compulsive liar, but is also a talented inventor and possesses artistic talent. Usopp's dream is to become a brave warrior of the sea.
Sanji, the 19-year-old chef, is the next member to join the Straw Hats. He has a strong sense of chivalry, and will never harm a woman. Also, since he has firsthand knowledge of what it feels like to starve, Sanji never refuses to serve someone a meal. His dream is to find a legendary sea that contains every kind of fish in the world.
Tony Tony Chopper is the 15-year-old doctor of the crew. He is a blue-nosed reindeer who gained human powers by eating Devil Fruit, and is capable of conversing with animals and humans. He is very naive, tends to believe anything told to him, and has a hard time hiding his feelings. His dream is to create a cure for all the world's diseases.
Nico Robin is the crew's archaeologist. She taught herself archeology and the Poneglyph language. She values ancient artifacts and buildings, and will risk her life to protect them. Her dream is to find and decipher the Rio Poneglyph.
Franky, the crew's shipwright, is a cola-powered cyborg. He is a skilled carpenter, and wishes to build a ship capable of sailing around the world.
Brook is the crew's musician. Brook is a living skeleton that was resurrected by means of a Devil Fruit. He has a combination of a gentlemanly persona and a perverted persona.
During their journeys, Luffy and his crew encounter a number of antagonists. Some of them include: Buggy the Clown, Kuro, Don Krieg, Arlong, Smoker, Tashigi, Wapol, Sir Crocodile, Blackbeard, Bartholomew Kuma, Enel, Foxy, Aokiji, Cipher Pol No. 9, and Gecko Moria. Luffy and the Straw Hats also have some allies that include: Silvers Rayleigh, Hatchan, Nefertari Vivi, Mr. 2 Bon Clay, and Boa Hancock.
The animation in One Piece relies heavily on exaggerated facial expressions and movement. The anime is a bit silly and "over the top," but this quality helps to endear the show to a younger audience. Personally, I would recommend One Piece for anime viewers nine or 10 years of age and older.
|One Piece: Defeat the Pirate Ganzack!||1||1998||Goro Taniguchi||Production I.G||N/A|
|One Piece||591||1999-ongoing||Konosuke Uda/Munehisa Sakai/Hiroaki Miyamoto||Toei Animation||FUNimation Entertainment|
|One Piece: The Movie||N/A||2000||Junji Shimizu||Toei Animation||N/A|
|One Piece Special: Adventure in the Ocean's Navel||1||2000||?||Toei Animation||N/A|
|Clockwork Island Adventure||N/A||2001||Junji Shimizu||Toei Animation||N/A|
|One Piece: Django's Dance Carnival||N/A||2001||Daisuke Nishio||Toei Animation||N/A|
|Chopper's Kingdom on the Island of Strange Animals||N/A||2002||Junji Shimizu||Toei Animation||N/A|
|One Piece: Dream Soccer King!||N/A||2002||Munehisa Sakai||Toei Animation||N/A|
|Dead End Adventure||N/A||2003||Junji Shimizu||Toei Animation||N/A|
|One Piece: Open Upon the Great Sea! A Father's Huge, HUGE Dream!||1||2003||?||Toei Animation||N/A|
|One Piece: Protect! The Last Great Stage||1||2003||?||Toei Animation||N/A|
|The Cursed Holy Sword||N/A||2004||Kazuhisa Takenouchi||Toei Animation||N/A|
|One Piece: Take Aim! The Pirate Baseball King||N/A||2004||Yukio Kaizawa||Toei Animation||N/A|
|Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island||N/A||2005||Mamoru Hosoda||Toei Animation||N/A|
|The Giant Mecha Soldier of Karakuri Castle||N/A||2006||Konosuke Uda||Toei Animation||N/A|
|One Piece Jidageki Special: Luffy Oyabun Torimonocho||1||2006||?||Toei Animation||N/A|
|The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta||N/A||2007||Takahiro Imamura||Toei Animation||FUNimation Entertainment|
|One Piece: Romance Dawn Story||1||2008||Katsumi Tokoro||Toei Animation||N/A|
|Episode of Chopper Plus: Bloom in the Winter, Miracle Cherry Blossom||N/A||2008||Junji Shimizu||Toei Animation||N/A|
|One Piece Film Strong World: Episode 0||1||2009||Naoyuki Ito||Toei Animation||N/A|
|Strong World||N/A||2009||Munehisa Sakai||Toei Animation||FUNimation Entertainment|
|Straw Hat Chase||N/A||2011||Hiroyuki Sato||Toei Animation||N/A|
|One Piece Film: Z||N/A||2012||Tatsuya Nagamine||Toei Animation||N/A|
|One Piece Episode of Luffy: Hand Island no Boken||1||2012||Hiroyuki Morita/Mitsuru Hongo||Toei Animation||N/A|
|One Piece: Glorious Island||2||2012||?||Toei Animation||N/A|
|One Piece Episode of Nami: Kokaishi no Namida to Nakama no Kizuna||1||2012||Katsumi Tokoro||Toei Animation||N/A|
|Dream 9 Toriko & One Piece & Dragon Ball Z Cho Collaboration Special!!||N/A||2013||Akifumi Zako/Hiroaki Miyamoto||Toei Animation||N/A|