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 Roroa Zoro, the pirate hunter, a friend or a foe? This title attempts to bring Manga to the UK mainstream.
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.