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. Its only drawback? He'll never be able to swim gain-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 a desperate battle against time and Gecko Moria, Luffy, Sanji and Zolo must win back their shadows before sunrise or else they will die! When Gecko Moria unleashes his devastating power of a thousand shadows, Luffy counters back with his "Gear" powers. But to save his crew, will Luffy have to make the ultimate sacrifice?
Eiichiro Oda began his manga career in 1992 at the age of 17, when his one-shot cowboy manga Wanted! won second place in the coveted Tezuka manga awards. Oda went on to work as an assistant to some of the biggest manga artists in the industry, including Nobuhiro Watsuki, before winning the Hop Step Award for new artists. His pirate adventure One Piece, which debuted in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 1997, quickly became one of the most popular manga in Japan.