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Japan's Weekly Manga Rankings for Sep 3 - 9 |
One Piece Vol. 67 - 42,840 copies sold (Total Sales: 2,854,443)




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One Piece (ワンピース Wan Piisu?, romanized as ONE PIECE) is a Japanese shōnen manga series written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. It has been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump since August 4, 1997; the individual chapters are being published in tankōbon volumes by Shueisha, with the first released on December 24, 1997, and the 65th volume released as of February 2012. One Piece follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy, a 17-year-old boy who gains elastic abilities after inadvertently eating a supernatural fruit, and his diverse crew of pirates, named the Straw Hat Pirates. Luffy explores the ocean in search of the world's ultimate treasure known as the One Piece and to become the next Pirate King. Along his journey, Luffy makes several friends and battles a wide variety of villains, many of whom try to capture the Straw Hats.

History

Eiichiro Oda was inspired by Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball and Dr. Slump at a young age. As a child he was inspired by Vikings and he aspired to become a manga artist. Later, he created Pandaman for Yudetamago's Kinnikuman. In 1992, Oda at the age of 17, submitted the manga called Wanted!. This got him notice to join the staff at the Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, where he became an assistant under several established manga writers including Shinobu Kaitani, Masaya Tokuhiro and finally Nobuhiro Watsuki.


Oda had interest in making a pirate manga both from his obsession with vikings as a youth and inspired by various pirate events including the discovery of the pirate ship of Edward Teach (known by his pirate name of Blackbeard). He wrote two seperate one-shots in the mid-1990s, both of which were called "Romance Dawn". The stories introduced Monkey D. Luffy, a straw-hat wearing boy who set out to sea to become a legendary pirate. Several concepts of the eventual serialization appeared in these stories, including Luffy's inspiration for being a pirate and a mysterious power he gained from eating a special fruit that turned his body into rubber (a prototype for the Devil Fruit).
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Plot

One Piece is the story of a boy named Monkey D. Luffy who was inspired by Shanks, a pirate. At the start of the series, 22 years before Luffy leaves his hometown and sets sail, a pirate named Gol D. Roger, known as the Pirate King was executed, but before his death, he told the crowd of his treasure, "One Piece". His death sparked what would become the Golden Age of Pirates as countless pirates set out to look for his treasure. Luffy becomes one as well, desiring to be the next Pirate King and sets out to gather crewmates and begin his adventures on journeys.


Style

At the time of its release, the dot-eyed style of artwork seen in anime like Dragon Ball was becoming less popular and manga and anime seemed to be moving over for the more popular big-eyes style of drawing, made famous by shows like Sailor Moon. Eiichiro Oda was fully aware of the change of art style and was worried early on in its run that his style would put off people from reading his manga. As time progressed and One Piece's popularity grew, Oda was able to relax the style more, resulting in One Piece's drawing style becoming much more loose and kinetic. Read more.
Evolution of Series

Throughout the fourteen years of its run, One Piece does the world-building style, introducing strange races, each islands would have it's personal cultures, the history of the world, and the modern mythologies. It was known to focus more on the story rather then typical Shonen fighting.

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The Straw Hat Crew



Monkey D. Luffy
Straw Hat

Roronoa Zoro
Pirate Hunter

Nami
Cat Burglar

Usopp
King of Snipers

Sanji
Black-Leg


The rest of the crew:
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Reception

One Piece has the highest total manga sales within Japan, and is currently Weekly Shōnen Jump's most acclaimed and all-time best-selling title. The manga is the first to increase the sales of Weekly Shōnen Jump in eleven years. As of volume 65, the series has sold over 260,000,000 copies domestically and is the fastest manga to reach sales of 100,000,000.

2008: One Piece was the best selling manga in Japan with 5,956,540 volumes sold. Volume 49 with 1,544,000 copies was in fourth place, Volume 50 with 1,678,208 copies hold the first place and Volume 51 with 1,646,978 copies was in second place.

2009: One Piece was the best selling manga series in Japan with 14,721,241 volumes sold. Volume 53 hold the first place with 2,057,528 copies sold, volumes 54, 52, and 55 place second, third and fourth respectively with 1,963,696, 1,952,551, and 1,810,410 copies sold respectively.

2010: Volume 59 holds a manga initial circulation record in Japan with 3.2 million copies.[6] The volume set a new record for the first-week sales by selling 1,852,541 copies.

2010: The first half One Piece was the best selling manga in Japan with 15,220,095 copies sold approximately. Volume 57 was in first place and Vol. 56 in the second with 2,305,594 and 2,276,013 copies sold respectively.

2011: One Piece was the best selling manga in Japan with 37,996,373 copies sold. Volume 61 was the best selling volume in Japan with 3,382,588 copies sold.

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In response to the Oricon survey question about which manga people would want to see in live action movie, One Piece takes second place behind Slam Dunk.

Another survey asked 6,000 participants the question "Which manga do you think is the most entertaining?" One Piece took first place with Dragon Ball taking second.

The popularity is of such proportion that it has been used in a number of cross-promotional, merchandising, and other advertisements in that regard.


Trivia


The original plan Oda set out for One Piece was for it to last for 5 years (meaning it would have ended in 2002).
The title "One Piece" has a secret meaning that only Oda knows.
◘ Each week, Oda works on the story for three days then on the drawings for three more days.
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News

One Piece, Madoka Magica Win Licensing of the Year Awards

Japan's Weekly Manga Rankings for July 9th - 15th |
One Piece Vol. 66 - 17,540 copies sold (Total Sales: 3,111,497)

Japan's Weekly Manga Rankings for Apr 30 - May 6 |
One Piece Vol. 66 - 2,275,453 copies sold

47 One Piece Stamps Issued in May — 1 for Each Prefecture
"One Piece Film Z" Script Writer Kicks Off Advance Promotion
Japan's Weekly DVD & CD Rankings for Jan 30 - Feb 5
Japan's Weekly Manga Rankings for Mar 12 - 18
NY Times Manga Best Seller List for March 11th - 17th
Japan's Yearly Manga Rankings for 2011
Lack of Manga Post One Piece Drives Shueisha to Rough Measures

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http://myanimelist.net/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Piece
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0388629/
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DAMN GURRRLLL that is one well laid out thread ...

ok I know this is going to sound weird but today When I was STARVING (waiting for relatives to serve food and I had waited about 10 hours to eat anything because things are more delicious when you are hungry) I thought about Sanji and his back story a lot .... kinda weird but whatever.
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A FLAWLESS and OVERDUE thread has now been laid before us. One Piece fans unite!

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I'm in and also anyone loving the flashback episodes?
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A FLAWLESS and OVERDUE thread has now been laid before us. One Piece fans unite!



Is it me, or does that say pikachu in the corner?

I pretty much grew up hearing stuff about one piece o.0
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DAMN GURRRLLL that is one well laid out thread ...


Thanks.






I thought about Sanji and his back story a lot .... kinda weird but whatever.


I cried when he







I agree.


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kufirst wrote:

A FLAWLESS and OVERDUE thread has now been laid before us. One Piece fans unite!



Thanks boo.
And yas. We need more One Piece fans in this thread!






TheAnimeGamer wrote:

I'm in and also anyone loving the flashback episodes?


Are you talking about Luffy's past or the current arc about Fishman Island?






haikinka wrote:

Is it me, or does that say pikachu in the corner?


It's not just you.
But good job for noticing it! You live up to your avi, rofl.





I pretty much grew up hearing stuff about one piece o.0


Girl, start over.
One Piece is amazing!

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Well I have just been thinking about it a lot recently for various reasons and....
spoilers for sanjis backstory


btw .. who is the guy with the blue hair in ku-chans pic? and why is the queen mary so different T_T LOLOLOLOL
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Well I have just been thinking about it a lot recently for various reasons and....
spoilers for sanjis backstory


btw .. who is the guy with the blue hair in ku-chans pic? and why is the queen mary so different T_T LOLOLOLOL


We could tell you, but that would be spoilers
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Well I have just been thinking about it a lot recently for various reasons and....
spoilers for sanjis backstory


Sanji's past is one of favorites.
And tbh I never really cared for Zoro's past.

Nami's Past = Robin's Past > Chopper's Past > Sanji's Past > Zoro's Past > Brook's Past > Franky's Past > Usopp's Past

Although my fave would still be Luffy's past.




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This is indeed a well written outline of what One Piece is, great work!
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TheAnimeGamer wrote:

I'm in and also anyone loving the flashback episodes?


Are you talking about Luffy's past or the current arc about Fishman Island?



I'm talking about the Fishman Arc...
It is awesome, seeing the reason of why Arlong is like that horrible person. Now, I see the light on why he is such a d!ck.
Tiger is kind of awesome and the Queen Otohime well, I don't like her as much. Jimbei a boss when he was younger...
Episode is almost coming out, I wonder what is next. I want more action with Luffy but flashbacks are still great!!!!
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I'm surprised to hear that the manga and anime are that close together o.0
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Zoros past > Namis past > Choppers past > Sanjis past > Usopps past

who are brook and franky? T_T ........ I can't do this. I <3 you chrome but I just can't risk the chance anymore.
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I'm talking about the Fishman Arc...

Episode is almost coming out, I wonder what is next. I want more action with Luffy but flashbacks are still great!!!!


Psst. Let's keep it clean and leave spoilers inside the spoiler tag.
And yas I agree with you. Except with the I don't like Otohime part.
She's nice.




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