One Piece Volume 1 Cover.
Image courtesy of VIZ Media.


  • Story: Eiichiro Oda.
  • Art: Eiichiro Oda.
  • Released: September 2nd, 2003.
  • Imprint: SHONEN JUMP.
  • Pages: 216.

Long ago there was a pirate named Gold Roger who was the “King of the Pirates” and had attained wealth, fame and power. Before he was executed Gold Roger had announced that all of his treasure could be found but pirates would have to search the whole world. Thus, a new pirating age was born.

Many years later a small village is the base of operations for Red Haired Shanks and his pirate crew. Shanks had told a young boy all about the life of a pirate had inspired the boy to one day be the “King of the Pirates”. Now ten years after the young boy named Monkey D. Luffy sets out on his quest to chase his dream.

So far, the characters are a hit or a miss. Koby is not a very strong character, he wants to be a marine yet he is an absolute coward that second guesses everything he does. Paired with Luffy they make a great pair each being on one end of the spectrum. I understand that every series has this kind of character but Koby is my least favorite character that I have ever seen. Koby seems out of place when directly compared with the other main characters. On the other hand, Zolo is probably the coolest character.  Characters are my only gripe in this volume.  There is so much that is good in this volume. Most of the characters are well balanced and likeable.

The art is so lush and the environments are unique and well-drawn. All the locations look inviting and tropical. The characters have a lot of personality and many of their special qualities and abilities. The story is very well put together. The plot and overall goal of the story is clear and interesting. Luffy certainly has his work cut out for him. Eiichiro Oda is one of many well skilled writers/artists in his field and that is what drawn me to this series. Plus, who doesn’t like pirates?

It is not often that I find a perfect series. In my opinion, this is one of those series. Everything comes together to produce a fantastic work of art. To say that I am excited is an understatement. This series is humorous and a joy to read. Luffy and his friends are colorfully unique and bring a wonderful dynamic to the series. I look forward to Luffy gathering his crew and continuing his quest. One Piece volume 1 was a great read, I think you will enjoy it.