One Piece is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. It has been serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine since July 1997, with the chapters collected into 97 tankōbon volumes as of September 2020. The story follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy, a boy whose body gained the properties of rubber after unintentionally eating a Devil Fruit. With his crew of pirates, named the Straw Hat Pirates, Luffy explores the Grand Line in search of One Piece, intending to become the next Pirate King.
One Piece has been praised for its narrative, art, characterization, and humor. Several volumes of the manga have broken publishing records, including the highest initial print run of any book in Japan. The official website for Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece manga announced that the manga has set a Guinness World Record for “the most copies published for the same comic book series by a single author”. As of March 2020, the manga had over 480 million copies in print worldwide, making it the best-selling manga series in history. It became the best-selling manga for the eleventh consecutive year in 2018. One Piece is also one of the highest-grossing media franchises of all time, estimated to have generated more than $21 billion in total franchise revenue, from merchandise, theatrical films and home video sales and not including toy deals.
One Piece has received widespread critical acclaim, primarily for its art, characterization, and humor. Several volumes of the manga have broken publishing records, including the highest initial print run of any book in Japan. Reviewers have praised Oda’s artwork as “imaginative and creative”, and commended the series for its comedic elements. One Piece has been ranked several times as the best selling manga in Japan. The series is licensed for an English language release by Viz Media, and began serialization in their weekly digital anthology magazine Weekly Shonen Jump on December 29, 1997. One Piece is one of the top selling manga worldwide.