WALKING THE PLANK As a child, Luffy was inspired to become a pirate by listening to the tales of the buccaneer "Red-Haired" Shanks. Now, Luffy is grown up and sets out to sea in a rowboat, in search of "One Piece", the greatest treasure in the world! But is Roronoa Zoro, the "pirate hunter", a friend or a foe?
As a child, Eiichiro Oda was inspired by pirates and aspired to become a manga artist. At the age of 17, he submitted his work "Wanted" and it won several awards. At the age of 19, he worked as an assistant to Nobuhiro Watsuki on the manga Rurouni Kenshin. During this time, he drew Romance Dawn, the first chapter of One Piece. In 1997, One Piece appeared for the first time in the magazine Shonen Jump and promptly became one of the most popular manga in Japan.