Alexis Kirsch, editor, takes us on a deeper dive of the title One Piece, Vol. 71: Coliseum of Scoundrels
Who doesn't dream of the freedom of a pirate? Traveling the globe on a cool ship doing whatever the heck you want! Eichiiro Oda created his dream voyage in the early 90s, after being inspired by tales of Vikings and then saw it come to life in1997 as the serialized series One Piece in Issue 34 of Shonen Jump. What was originally supposed to be a short running series has now lasted over 17 years and 71 volumes. Oda’s dream is alive and well sailing the seven seas with a huge fan following.
One of the things fans love most about Eichiiro Oda’s One Piece is watching our hero assemble his unique pirate crew. Luffy needs some muscle, so he adds a guy who can use three swords at once! Then he gets a navigator, sniper, cook, and...a doctor who’s a reindeer! Each character added to the group brings more hilarity and complexity to the story line that continues to venture through the dangerous seas and capture fans with amazing art and a complex storyline interweaved with pop culture, social commentary and mythology. The fun never stops for Luffy and his crazy crew of powerful individuals who take on all challenges that come their way.
In Japan, One Piece is the most successful selling manga and it continues to venture into new territories with Oda working steadily to bring fans closer and closer to learning the hidden origins of the title. The One Piece series recently eclipsed an amazing milestone of 345,000,000 copies sold worldwide and the main character Monkey D. Luffy even appeared in the New York Times challenging American readers to follow his crew across the seas.
Oh, one more thing, our would be Pirate King, Luffy, can't swim!
Join Luffy and the rest of the crew in One Piece on their next adventure.