Author(s): Eiichiro Oda
As a child, Monkey D. Luffy dreamed of becoming King of the Pirates. But his life changed when he accidentally ate the Gum-Gum Fruit, an enchanted Devil Fruit that gave him the ability to stretch like rubber. The only drawback? He'll never be able to swim again - a serious handicap for an aspiring sea dog! Years later, Luffy sets off on his quest to find the One Piece, said to be the greatest treasure in the world...In Water Seven, a serious seafarer's city and one of the last stops in Paradise, Luffy and his Straw Hat crew come up against competing sets of assassins, each seeking the plans for Pluton, one of the ancient world's most powerful weapons! Newest Straw Hats member Nico Robin may have the blueprints, but she's been spirited away on the speeding Sea Train...and may be on the run from the Straw Hats themselves!
Eiichiro Oda debuted in WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP in 1997 as a comic creator and artist with ONE PIECE. One of the most popular comic artists in Japan today, Oda started out by winning the Hop Step Award (a monthly award given by Jump for amateur artists) as well as the esteemed Tezuka Award. His art style is reminiscent of Akira Toriyama, Sergio Aragones, and the movie Yellow Submarine.