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One Piece

Guest Author - Lesley Aeschliman

One Piece is an anime based on a manga by Eiichiro Oda.

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.


Title
Episodes
Release Year(s)
Director
Studio
N.A. Licensor
One Piece: Defeat the Pirate Ganzack!11998Goro TaniguchiProduction I.GN/A
One Piece5911999-ongoingKonosuke Uda/Munehisa Sakai/Hiroaki MiyamotoToei AnimationFUNimation Entertainment
One Piece: The MovieN/A2000Junji ShimizuToei AnimationN/A
One Piece Special: Adventure in the Ocean's Navel12000?Toei AnimationN/A
Clockwork Island AdventureN/A2001Junji ShimizuToei AnimationN/A
One Piece: Django's Dance CarnivalN/A2001Daisuke NishioToei AnimationN/A
Chopper's Kingdom on the Island of Strange AnimalsN/A2002Junji ShimizuToei AnimationN/A
One Piece: Dream Soccer King!N/A2002Munehisa SakaiToei AnimationN/A
Dead End AdventureN/A2003Junji ShimizuToei AnimationN/A
One Piece: Open Upon the Great Sea! A Father's Huge, HUGE Dream!12003?Toei AnimationN/A
One Piece: Protect! The Last Great Stage12003?Toei AnimationN/A
The Cursed Holy SwordN/A2004Kazuhisa TakenouchiToei AnimationN/A
One Piece: Take Aim! The Pirate Baseball KingN/A2004Yukio KaizawaToei AnimationN/A
Baron Omatsuri and the Secret IslandN/A2005Mamoru HosodaToei AnimationN/A
The Giant Mecha Soldier of Karakuri CastleN/A2006Konosuke UdaToei AnimationN/A
One Piece Jidageki Special: Luffy Oyabun Torimonocho12006?Toei AnimationN/A
The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in AlabastaN/A2007Takahiro ImamuraToei AnimationFUNimation Entertainment
One Piece: Romance Dawn Story12008Katsumi TokoroToei AnimationN/A
Episode of Chopper Plus: Bloom in the Winter, Miracle Cherry BlossomN/A2008Junji ShimizuToei AnimationN/A
One Piece Film Strong World: Episode 012009Naoyuki ItoToei AnimationN/A
Strong WorldN/A2009Munehisa SakaiToei AnimationFUNimation Entertainment
Straw Hat ChaseN/A2011Hiroyuki SatoToei AnimationN/A
One Piece Film: ZN/A2012Tatsuya NagamineToei AnimationN/A
One Piece Episode of Luffy: Hand Island no Boken12012Hiroyuki Morita/Mitsuru HongoToei AnimationN/A
One Piece: Glorious Island22012?Toei AnimationN/A
One Piece Episode of Nami: Kokaishi no Namida to Nakama no Kizuna12012Katsumi TokoroToei AnimationN/A
Dream 9 Toriko & One Piece & Dragon Ball Z Cho Collaboration Special!!N/A2013Akifumi Zako/Hiroaki MiyamotoToei AnimationN/A
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