Author(s): Eiichiro Oda
Join the adventures-and misadventures-of Monkey D. Luffy and his swashbuckling crew in their search for the "One Piece," the greatest treasure in the world. 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 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...Stopping by the Sabaody Archipelago to get an expert varnish on their ship, the Thousand Sunny, Luffy and his Straw Hat crew run into trouble when they bristle at the local slave trade. Soon the Navy is hot on their trail, and due to the astounding powers of an animalian warlord, Luffy is spirited away to a distant corner of the sea! Will he ever make it back to his crew and achieve his dream of finding the "One Piece"?
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.