Everything You Need To Know About One Piece, Including What Order the Movies Are In

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Japan’s box office has been dominated recently by an anime film, which has held the number one spot for eleven consecutive weeks — only the third film ever to achieve such a feat. However, considering that the film is a One Piece property, it’s not at all surprising.

In its 25-year-long run, the One Piece franchise has spawned an anime adaptation, books, theme park attractions, video games, plays, live-action series, and 15 theatrical films — including the upcoming One Piece Film: Red. Like popular series Dragon Ball and Naruto, One Piece has become a cultural icon not just in its home country but across the world, similar to the MCU. Here’s everything you need to know about it, including the order of the films.

What Is One Piece?

One Piece began as a Japanese shonen manga series by mangaka (comic artist/writer) Eiichiro Oda. Since starting its serialization within the popular magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump in 1997, One Piece is considered to be one of the most popular titles in manga history.

The fantasy action comedy series follows the captain of the Straw Hat Pirates, Monkey D. Luffy, a boy who gains the abilities of rubber after eating a mysterious devil fruit. He sets out towards the treacherous waters of the Grand Line and gathers a crew to fulfill his desire to be the next Pirate King, by searching for the treasure of the previous Pirate King: the “One Piece.”

What Mediums Does One Piece Take Place In?

One Piece isn’t just a manga series. In its 25-year-long run, the One Piece franchise has spawned an anime adaptation, books, theme park attractions, video games, plays, live action series, and 15 theatrical films — including the upcoming One Piece Film: Red.

What Order Should I Watch the One Piece Movies In?

You’ll be thankful to know that there is no specific order to the One Piece theatrical films, because none of the events depicted in them are considered to be canonically tied to the main story. Instead, here is the order of theatrical One Piece movies according to their release date:

  • One Piece: The Movie (2000)

  • One Piece: Clockwork Island Adventure (2001)

  • One Piece: Chopper’s Kingdom on the Island of Strange Animals (2002)

  • One Piece The Movie: Dead End Adventure (2003)

  • One Piece: The Cursed Holy Sword (2004)

  • One Piece: Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island (2005)

  • One Piece: The Giant Mechanical Soldier of Karakuri Castle (2006)

  • One Piece Movie: The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta (2007)

  • One Piece: Episode of Chopper: Bloom in the Winter, Miracle Sakura (2008)

  • One Piece Film: Strong World (2009)

  • One Piece 3D: Straw Hat Chase (2011)

  • One Piece Film: Z (2012)

  • One Piece Film: Gold (2016)

  • One Piece: Stampede (2019)

  • One Piece Film: Red (2022)

How Long Is One Piece?

Since its initial serialization beginning on July 27, 1997, the One Piece manga sits at 1064 chapters total, and its anime adaptation stands at 1037 episodes. One Piece is considered to be one of the longest-running shōnen series in shōnen jump history behind the likes of Hajemino Ippo, Case Closed (aka Detective Conan) and more.

What Is Shōnen?

Shōnen manga is one of the four primary demographic categories within the anime and manga industry, typically targeted at adolescent boys. While there are many magazines dedicated to the publication of shonen manga, Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump is considered to be the most well-known, considering how many genre-defining series came out of that magazine, including Dragon Ball, Naruto, Bleach, Death Note, My Hero Academia, Demon Slayer, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, and One Piece.

Who Are the Main Characters of One Piece?

Considering the length of One Piece’s run, there have been a plethora of characters that have come and gone throughout the story. But in this ever-expanding world with wildly different settings, the audience experiences the main story alongside one pirate crew, the legendary Straw Hat Pirates.

The Straw Hat Pirates were all recruited by Captain Monkey D. Luffy over the course of the series, including first mate Roronoa Zoro, a former pirate hunter with the dream to be the world’s greatest swordsman, the ship’s navigator Nami, formerly known as Cat Burglar Nami, the crews marksman Usopp, the main cook Sanji a self described casanova and fighter, the crew’s doctor Tony Tony Chopper, whose a small anthropomorphic deer, the archeologist and former assassin Nico Robin, the crews cyborg shipwright Franky, the crews undead musician Brook and finally the fishman Jimbei.

Where Can I Watch/Read The Original Anime/Manga?

Luckily, there are plenty of ways to immerse yourself within the world of One Piece. Those who’d like to read its manga can check out the official English Shonen Jump site by Viz Media or Shueshia’s Manga Plus site. Those who’d like to watch the official anime can head over to Hulu, Netflix, Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Pluto TV.

Who Is the Author of One Piece?

Like many other mangaka, Eiichiro Oda is both the writer and artist of One Piece. According to Oda, he got his start at Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine working as an assistant at age 17. Oda eventually built up his skills as an artist and writer alongside established mangakas at the magazine. His time as an assistant gave him many friends and rivals, including the mangaka of Naruto, Masashi Kishimoto, who he remains friends with to this day.

One Piece (Toei/Crunchyroll)

Oda also experimented with making his own manga, most notably the two pirate-themed one-shots called “Romance Dawn,” which featured the soon-to-be protagonist of One Piece. Upon One Piece’s serialization, Oda began pushing his body to its limits to keep up with deadlines. The manga industry is known to not be kind to those within it, according to his editors and even himself, and Oda is known to sleep just 3 hours a day during a typical workweek. (Many point to this work ethic as contributing to Oda’s many health scares over the years.)

What is One Piece Film: Red?

One Piece Film: Red follows the story of Uta, a secretive singer considered to be the most beloved in the world. When she decides to reveal her identity to the world in a live concert, people from all walks of life go to see her identity for themselves. It just so happens that the beloved singer is not only Red-Haired Shanks’ “daughter”, Luffy’s childhood idol, but she’s also his childhood friend. Despite the official plot details being rather vague, it’s guaranteed that the movie will tell the story of Uta and Luffy’s friendship as well as Uta’s relationship with her father due to his infamous reputation within the main storyline.

Does One Piece Film: Red Have Ties To The Original Anime/Manga?

Like most of the theatrical films before it, One Piece Film: Red has no ties to the original series. The events taking place in the movie are to be considered in an entirely different continuity from the main story.

What Makes One Piece So Special?

One Piece holds a special place in the hearts of millions world wide. Not only is it the best-selling comic book series according to the Guinness Book of World Records, outselling all Batman comics combined, it (along with series like Naruto and Bleach) have helped influence the spread of anime and manga to the west. One Piece is a masterclass in its ability to combine its comedic and tragic themes and somehow maintain an almost whimsical view of its world no matter how dark it may get.

Where Can I Watch One Piece Film: Red?

One Piece Film: Red arrives in American theaters on November 4th, 2022.

Everything You Need To Know About One Piece, Including What Order the Movies Are In
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