One Piece is a Japanese shonen manga series written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. It was first published in July 1997 and it hasn’t looked back since. One Piece became a fan-favorite manga series soon after its debut. Its market domination was so overwhelming that it affected the sales of other series. With its huge success, it became one of the Big Three in its community, and also got an anime adaptation by Toei Animation. Its first episode premiered on 20 October 1999 on Fuji TV.
One Piece follows the story of Monkey D. Luffy, the protagonist of the series. As a child, Luffy ate a devil fruit unintentionally and his body gained the properties of rubber, essentially turning him into a rubber man. Luffy sets sail and travels the Grand Line along with his pirate crew, the Straw Hat Pirates, with a dream to find the One Piece and become the King of the Pirates. In his journey, Luffy travels to unique destinations and meets various people, friends, and foes.
One Piece has a wide range of characters, each with a unique personality and an astonishing amount of back-story. It majors in world-building and takes its fans on a journey through a world filled with danger, experiences, and mostly, adventures filled with humor and excitement.
One Piece is still an ongoing series with continuous manga chapters as well as new anime episodes. One Piece is the best-selling manga series printed in book volumes and the best-selling manga series in history as of August 2022, with over 516.5 million copies in circulation across 61 nations and territories. Additionally, it is among the most successful media franchises ever.
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