One Piece, Volume 1: Romance Dawn
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One Piece, Volume 1: Romance Dawn

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by Eiichiro Oda, Lance Caselman
     
 

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A new shonen sensation in Japan, this series features Monkey D. Luffy, whose main ambition is to become a pirate. Eating the Gum-Gum Fruit gives him strange powers but also invokes the fruit's curse: anybody who consumes it can never learn to swim. Nevertheless, Monkey and his crewmate Roronoa Zoro, master of the three-sword fighting style, sail the Seven Seas

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A new shonen sensation in Japan, this series features Monkey D. Luffy, whose main ambition is to become a pirate. Eating the Gum-Gum Fruit gives him strange powers but also invokes the fruit's curse: anybody who consumes it can never learn to swim. Nevertheless, Monkey and his crewmate Roronoa Zoro, master of the three-sword fighting style, sail the Seven Seas of swashbuckling adventure in search of the elusive treasure "One Piece."

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"Straw Hat" Luffy, this book's boy hero, really wants to be a pirate. His fellow villagers jeer at his goal, since he can't swim, due to having eaten a magic fruit that gives him the ability to stretch his body like rubber. However, Luffy isn't going to let a little problem like this stop him. He's further motivated when pirate captain "Red-Haired" Shanks (an eccentric seadog who might give Johnny Depp a run for his money) sacrifices his arm to a sea-monster to save Luffy's life. Ten years later, Luffy is still determined to make his dream come true, and he sets out to assemble to a crew and find a fabled treasure (the "One Piece" of the title). Luffy meets Koby, a cabin boy his age, who has been shanghaied by a lady pirate, and together they attempt to rescue Roronoa Zoro, a feared bounty hunter who is being held captive by the dread Captain Morgan. Everyone in this title has a seemingly impossible goal driving them on, whether it's Luffy's dream of being a pirate, Koby's of joining the navy, or Zoro's of become the world's greatest swordsman. It's this strong-and sometimes touching--motivation which carries the story along through episodes that mix comedy and violence in an inventive, energetic brew. Luffy uses his gum gum power at climactic moments, such as taking out Iron Mace Alvida, a lady pirate whose claim to be the fairest on all the seas is anything but accurate. One Piece is one of the world's most popular manga, having been spun off into a TV show, a video game and merchandising. With Pirates of the Caribbean spearheading a full-on pirate revival, One Piece should have no trouble finding an audience in America. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781569319017
Publisher:
VIZ Media LLC
Publication date:
07/23/2003
Series:
One Piece Series, #1
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
216
Sales rank:
59,321
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Eiichiro Oda began his manga career 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.

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One Piece, Volume 1: Romance Dawn 4.7 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 43 reviews.
Snowiki More than 1 year ago
I haven't read the mangas or graphic novels yet, but I'm on episode 230 on the anime TV series. Even though FUNimation only has up to episode 195 dubbed in English, the Jap subs are amazing as well. The best character I think is Zoro, which the idiotic producers at 4Kids renamed to 'Zolo'. Roronoa Zoro sounds much better than Roronoa Zolo, dont'cha think? Yes, anyway. I love the hilarity of One Piece and its originality. The most sad backstory of the characters would have to be Chopper. Poor fella. Oda is amazing! I'm surprised more people haven't heard of this spectacular series yet. If you're not sure about it, take it anyway. If you love laughing out loud, pirates, goofy attitudes, et cetera, then you should definitely check out One Piece. A must-have for teens & up!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think im almost the only one in america who cares i mean this is my favorite Manga of all time and you should too. I cant wait this is great in the one of my most favorite magazines of all time Shonen Jump if you dont know about 'One Pieace' then you should go to a local grocrie store or new stand or anyone with Magazine you will be bound to find this FABULOUS!!!!!!!!! comic in that magazine with alot other great manga comics!!! hope i changed ur mind!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Action, adventure, comedy, friendship, lovable characters, and a world where just about anything can happen; what more could you want from a series? :) Love this series, but I have to say the pirate hunter/swordsmans name is Zoro, not Zolo, as viz would have you believe here. I think they were tring not to infringe on any copyrights, but it still bothers me, mostly because they change it to Zoro as the series goes on....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
“ You’re putting your life on the line by pointing that gun at me.” Says pirate captain Red-Haired Shanks to a bandit before he disposes of the bandit.“One Piece” Volume 1 is a great start to the One Piece series. There are so many things that make it a great manga.   For example, there’s the characters. In this book you encounter Monkey D. Luffy and Roronoa Zolo. Monkey D. Luffy (Luffy) has many personalities. At times he can be very optimistic and carefree, even on the brink of death. At other times he can be very calm and smart. When he encounters a bad guy who he really doesn’t like, he gets very angry. Roronoa Zolo (Zolo) has an infamous reputation which leads people to think of him as scary and intimidating. He’s actually nice on the inside and always full of confidence. Zolo decided to join Luffy because of his promise to a childhood friend to become the greatest swordsman ever. Another great thing about the book is the story. The story begins in a flashback in which young Luffy promises his role-model, Red-Haired Shanks, that he going to become the king of the pirates and find the legendary treasure, One Piece. Then, Luffy accidentally eats the Gum-Gum fruit, which turns his body to rubber but takes away his ability to swim! The flashback ends when the pirates fight some mountain bandits to protect Luffy and Luffy discovers the true power of pirates. The story continues ten years later. Luffy sets off to gather a crew. During his search, he frees a demonic bounty hunter and defeats a axe handed naval captain. No biggie.  That brings us to quality overall. The story is never boring. There are tons of new discoveries in every chapter. Also, it is action packed. The artwork is of very high quality. Each page panel is full of details. There are also lots of what I like to call, sound effects.    In the end, author Eiichiro Oda did a great job combining multiple attributes to create a great series starter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you want to get hooked on a great manga look no where else i started just to see what a manga was and so far i have all of the mangas at the moment and will continue till it's finished to the very end honest this manga series has it a for me and I know you will love it too just give it a shot you won't regreat it trust me.
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I really enjoyed this. It was exciting, funny, refreshing, and overall a great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is true a great adventure for all ages. I've been enjoying this series for years now and I can never get bored with it.
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truth2me-istruthenough More than 1 year ago
Heres the thing im not a fan of shonen jump im more of a girl who loves shojo. But luffy changes that he's funny and i cant stop laughing when i read one piece. I love how one piece made the main character not bulky or to muscly. He's my type of guy funny and a joy to read.
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cybertron More than 1 year ago
The first in a very good adventure series. the story is pretty straight forward a boy wants to become king of the pirate's.And while the low percentage of action in this volume may turn those off who are looking for the next dragon ball z,i must say that i am satisfied with this book and i am looking forward to the next one.
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Aces-Grl More than 1 year ago
This is a great book, mainly because of its plot. Pirates are just too cool! Also, just because I can't fit everything I recommend, I also recommend One Piece vol.s 6-21 (that's where I am right now XD)
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lynden12 More than 1 year ago
Most manga are 100% serious, and One Piece was a good break. It's one of the funniest manga I've ever read! It has a perfect balance of action, hummor, and a little sadness. Once you start reading it's impossible to stop. The charactors are so fun and outgoing, and if you havent read these books yet, then your missing out! If you like more serious manga I would recomend Bleach, or Naruto. Oh ya girls can read manga too I do and I love it. I'ts not just for boys :)
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Pryde47 More than 1 year ago
This book is great. Luffy is one of those happy-go-lucky characters that's hard to take very seriously, but his enthusiasm is infectious, which is probably why he attracts the people that he does. His adventures within this first volume mostly arrive accidentally, but he sets off with a purpose that doesn't seem too far-fetched for him to achieve as he grows, though the journey has been set up as being rather difficult to undertake. Oda seems to already be setting things up for future volumes, as people come in and out of Luffy's life, and battles are waged with cut throat (but completely one-dimensional) villains. One volume in, I can't imagine how this wouldn't captivate an audience, so it's no wonder that this volume I have is the seventh printing of the book. It's a great light-hearted action comedy told in an amazing cartoony style that suits its characters and the fun world that Oda is slowly building.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
a peice of true imagination. one of my favorite mangas. i wholeheartedly suggest this to any comic lover!!^____^