One Piece (ワンピース, Wan Pīsu) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. It has been serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine since July 19, 1997, with the chapters collected into tankōbon volumes.
One Piece is the best-selling manga series in history; it sold 100 million collected tankōbon volumes by February 2005, over 200 million by February 2011, over 350 million copies sold in Japan and 416 million copies sold in circulation worldwide as of April 2017. According to Oricon, One Piece has been the best-selling manga series every year since 2008 when the company began its chart. Due to promotions for the Strong World film, all 56 volumes of the manga released at the time charted on Oricon's list of the top 200 manga for the week of December 7–13, 2009.
One Piece has also sold well in North America, charting on Publishers Weekly's list of bestselling comics for April/May 2007 and numerous times on The New York Times Manga Best Seller list. On ICv2's list of Top 25 Manga Properties Fall 2008 for North America, which is compiled by interviews with retailers and distributors, Nielsen BookScan's Top 20 Lists of graphic novels, and ICv2's own analysis of information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, One Piece came in 15th place. It rose to second place on their Top 25 Manga Properties—Q3 2010 list.
The anime quickly became the most followed anime in Japan with volumes of episodes selling very well from the get go. In America however the anime did not gain any real momentum when it was first released by 4Kids which was due to 4Kids adaptation of the source material. In a review of the second DVD release of 4Kids Entertainment's dub, Todd Douglass, Jr. of DVD Talk called its adaptation a "shabby treatment" resulting in an "arguably less enjoyable rendition". Douglass said that the 4Kids original opening was "a crappy rap song" and that the removal of whole scenes leaves a "feeling that something is missing". He later went on to say that "Fans of the 'real' One Piece will want to skip picking [...] up [4Kids Entertainment's One Piece DVDs] until an uncut release is announced", and also stated that "kids may get into this version because it's what they have seen on TV". Luckily it was eventually picked up by Funimation. In a review of the first Funimation DVD release for Mania Entertainment, Bryce Coulter comments that One Piece is "not your typical pirate adventure" and that mixed with "the right amount of random fun along with a shonen style storyline" it becomes "an appealing and fun romp". In a review of Funimation's second DVD release for Mania Entertainment, Bryce Coulter comments that "You can tell that they are giving One Piece the attention that was neglected by 4Kids" and that "One Piece is a great tale of high-seas fun that will leave you wanting more!"
Oda began writing One Piece in 1996. He first wrote two pilot chapters called Romance Dawn, before making the definite first chapter with the same name. Oda revealed that he originally planned One Piece to last five years, and that he had already planned the ending. However, he found it would take longer than he had expected Oda stated that the ending would be what he had decided in the beginning and that he is committed to seeing it through
When creating a Devil Fruit, Oda thinks of something that would fulfill a human desire. Konosuke Uda, the director, said that he believes that the creators "made the anime pretty close to the manga".
Oda was "sensitive" about how his work would be translated.In many instances, the English version of the One Piece manga uses one onomatopoeia for multiple onomatopoeia used in the Japanese version. For instance, "saaa" (the sound of light rain, close to a mist) and "zaaa" (the sound of pouring rain) are both translated as "fshhhhhhh". Unlike other manga artists, Oda draws everything that moves himself to create a consistent look while leaving his staff to draw the backgrounds based on sketches he has drawn.
Specials and OVA'sEdit
Other Pieces of One PieceEdit
- Naruto (franchise)
- Bleach (franchise)
- Toriko (franchise)
- Dragonball (franchise)
- Hunter X Hunter (franchise)
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