Wiki founding: February 14, 2006
Page count: 3,887
Last checked: February 26, 2013
Fanon Wiki: One Piece Fanon Wiki
One Piece (ワンピース, Wan Pīsu) is an epic pirate adventure manga written and drawn by Eiichirō Oda, created in August 1997. The manga is known to employ colorful and creative motifs that are taken from classic mythology, politics and musical aspects. It is also mixed with pirate lore and shōnen formula.
Eiichirō Oda was inspired by Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball and Dr. Slump at a young age. As a child he was inspired by Vikings and he aspired to become a manga artist. Later he created Pandaman for Yudetamago's Kinnikuman. In 1992, Oda at the age of 17, submitted the manga called Wanted!|Wanted. This got him notice to join the staff at the Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, where he became an assistant under several established manga writers including Shinobu Kaitani, Masaya Tokuhiro and finally Nobuhiro Watsuki.
Oda had interest in making a pirate manga both from his obsession with Vikings as a youth and inspired by various pirate events including the discovery of the pirate ship of Edward Teach (known by his pirate name of Blackbeard). He wrote two separate one-shots in the mid-1990s, both of which were called "Romance Dawn". The stories introduced Monkey D. Luffy, a straw-hat wearing boy who set out to sea to become a legendary pirate. Several concepts of the eventual serialization appeared in these stories, including Luffy's inspiration for being a pirate and a mysterious power he gained from eating a special fruit that turned his body into rubber. (a prototype for the Devil Fruit)
In Aug. 1997 Oda took many of his "Romance Dawn" ideas and started using them in a weekly serial under the title "One Piece". It was first serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump, the weekly shonen magazine owned by Shueisha. The series quickly caught on and became popular from the initial chapters on, establishing itself as one of the premiere manga series in the magazine.
Originally, Oda wanted his series to run for 5 years (meaning One Piece could have ended in 2002) But he went longer than expected and has no idea how many more years his story will be.
One Piece is the story of a boy named Monkey D. Luffy who was inspired by Red-Haired Shanks, a pirate. At the start of the series, 22 years from the present timeline, 1500 AOS a pirate named Gol D. Roger, known as the Pirate King was executed, but before his death, he told the crowd of his treasure, "One Piece" His death sparked what would become the Golden Age of Pirates as countless pirates set out to look for his treasure. Luffy becomes one as well, desiring to be the next Pirate King and sets out to gather crewmates and begin his adventures.
One Piece has since spanned across more than a simple pirating tale. Through the years of its serialization, One Piece has taken vastly differing directions in its storyline, at time wavering off the initial focus of the pursuit of becoming Pirate King. One Piece also has been noted to include many themes such as what treasure is, the meaning of justice, the inherited will and the concept of chasing ones dreams.
One Piece has become known for its complex storyline, bizarre characters, battle mixtures, character development, many plot twists, comedic tones as well as emotional drama, and unique sub-plots.
At the time of its release, the dot-eyed style of artwork seen in anime like Dragonball was becoming less popular and manga and anime seemed to be moving over for the more popular big-eyes style of drawing, made famous by shows like Sailor Moon. Eiichiro Oda was fully aware of the change of art style and was worried early on in its run that his style would put off people from reading his manga. As time progressed and One Piece's popularity grew, Oda was able to relax the style more, resulting in One Piece's drawing style becoming much more loose and kinetic.
As well as its unusual art style, the style of weird drawn characters had been another worry of Oda. Another problem at the time of early production was that the Bishie was becoming a popular form of manga character depiction and manga with "ugly" or "weird" characters were becoming significantly harder to sell. However, these character designs have since become one of One Piece's selling points, allowing more eccentric characters to be drawn.
One Piece is the highest selling manga in the history of Weekly Shōnen Jump, and is currently their most acclaimed and all-time best-selling title in Japan. The manga is the first to increase the sales of Weekly Shōnen Jump in eleven years. As of volume 69, the series has sold over 300,000,000 copies domestically and is the fastest manga to reach sales of 100,000,000.
- Volume 63 of One Piece holds a manga sales record in Japan, with over 3,400,000 units sold in its first printing alone.
- 2008, One Piece was the best selling manga in Japan with 5,956,540 volumes sold. Volume 49 with 1,544,000 copies was in fourth place, Volume 50 with 1,678,208 copies hold the first place and Volume 51 with 1,646,978 copies was in second place.
- 1st Half of 2009 One Piece was the best selling manga in Japan with 6,208,627 volumes sold. Volume 52 with 1,778,239 copies was is second place and Volume 53 with 1,801,877 copies hold the first place.
- One Piece Offical (Japanese)
- Viz Media
- Madman Entertainment
- Weekly Shonen Jump (Japanese)
- Toei Animation (Japanese)
- w:c:el.onepiece (w:c:el.onepiecegreek)
- ↑ ComiPress - Top Manga Properties in 2012 - Rankings and Circulation Data
- ↑ ComiPress - Shōnen Magazine Circulation Drops Below 2,000,000
- ↑ http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/book/news/20070725bk07.htm (Japanese).
- ↑ Oricon Top 10 manga for 2008 (Japanese).
- ↑ Oricon Top 50 manga Volumes for 2008 (Japanese).
- ↑ Oricon Top 10 manga 1st half of 2009 (Japanese).
- ↑ Oricon Top 50 Volumes 1st half of 2009(Japanese).