I want to talk about One Piece but I don’t want to wait another decade to finish then write. So I am going to start another Retrospective series!!
Most of you probably know what One Piece is. If not, it is a manga written by Eiichiro Oda and published by Weekly Shonen Jump. It started on 1997 and it is still ongoing.
Depending on who you ask, some will hate it, some will love it, like everything else on the interwebs. For me, I love this series, I loved since the first chapter and still now. So here we go.
Monkey D. Luffy (middle) is the protag of the series. In chapter 1, he eats the Gum Gum Fruit and becomes a rubber human. He wants to find the legendary treasure in the Grand Line and become the Pirate King. But first, he needs a crew, and a ship, and general help in everything.
Roronoa Zoro (left) , or Pirate Hunter Zoro, is Luffy’ first mate and combatant. His trademark style is the Three Sword Style. Luffy helps him in Shell Town and joins his crew. He wants to become the greatest swordsman in the world, that mean going against Dracule Mihawk.
Nami (right) is a thief that steals from pirates. She joins the Straw Hat Pirates as a navigator. She wants to map the whole world, but we will talk about that later.
Red Hair Shanks is the pirate that gave Luffy his trademark hat. He lost his arm while saving Luffy. Luffy later finds out that Shanks is one of the Four Emperors of the sea. Shanks does not make appearances too often, gotta keep it mysterious!
Buggy the Clown is the captain of the Buggy Pirates and the first real villain in One Piece. Alvida and Captain Morgan were lack luster at best. He has the power of the Chop Chop Fruit that lets his cut off body parts float around,
The story starts out with establishing the world of OP. Gold Roger, the Pirate King, is executed, but tells the world that all of his treasures is in one place, starting the Great Era of Pirates. 10 years pass. Luffy hangs out with a visiting pirate called Shanks. Luffy looks up to him and declares he will be a pirate king, even better than Shanks. Luffy then eats a Devil Fruit and becomes rubber.
Later Luffy gets kidnapped by Higuma the bandit, and Shanks saves Luffy. Unfortunately, Shanks lose his arm during this time. Shanks gives him the Straw Hat and says good luck.
Years pass, and now Luffy is more grwon up. After saving Coby from Alvida, he heads to Shell Town. In Shell Town, Luffy meets Zoro. Zoro killed Captain Morgan’s son’s rabid dog and is being punished for it. Luffy frees him and says join my crew, and Zoro says okay.
And together, they defeat Axe-Hand Morgan, a tyrant marine of the town. Coby leaves the group joining the Marines.
Buggy arc is where things start to move faster. Here the crew meets and saves Nami, only be be betrayed by her. Buggy the Clown is threatening a village. There is a dog that tugs at the heart strings.
Nami betrays Luffy, and hands hands him over to Buggy in hopes that she can get close and steal his treasures. But realizes that Luffy is the lesser of the two evils, and helps the crew.
Here we see the Bara Bara no Mi AKA Chop Chop Fruit. This is one of the most unique powers I have seen in a while. He can be cut and those cut parts can fly around at Buggy’s will, making him sword users’ worst nightmare.
With Nami’s help, Straw Hats defeat Buggy. Nami joins the Straw Hats as their navigator and the crew heads to their next destination, Syrup Village.
This is just part 1, please look forward to it!