Today we’re covering a completely type of graphic novel, which is manga! We actually have many different manga titles in the library, but today we’ll just feature , which is probably one of the best places to start. The story starts with Monkey D. Luffy and his aspirations to become a pirate and find One Piece (legendary pirate treasure).
One Piece started out as a comic in Japan in 1997. Since then, it has become one of the most popular and best-selling manga in the world. It has sold roughly 345 million print copies worldwide. Now, there’s a TV series and some feature length films in addition to the manga. To watch the animated series, click here. Be warned, some of it is dubbed and some of it is just subtitled. All of it is pretty cool though, and there are more than 600 episodes! In addition, this summer will mark 15 years of One Piece anime. For more information on all the different formats and descriptions of One Piece, click here.
I’ve embedded the very first One Piece anime below. This is by no means replacement for the manga, but it will give you a better idea of the story. It’s only 25 minutes long.
Be sure to check out more information about our upcoming Graphic Novel Symposium happening in the library Thursday, Sept. 18 and Friday, Sept. 19, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.