One Piece (TV series)

One Piece (stylized as ONE PIECE) is a Japanese anime television series based on Eiichiro Oda's manga series of the same name. 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 the world's ultimate treasure known as "One Piece" in order to become the next Pirate King.

One Piece
One Piece Logo.svg
GenreAdventure, fantasy[1]
Anime television series
Directed by
  • Kōnosuke Uda (#1–278)
  • Junji Shimizu (#131–159)
  • Munehisa Sakai (#244–372)
  • Hiroaki Miyamoto (#352–679)
  • Toshinori Fukazawa (#663–891)
  • Tatsuya Nagamine (#780–782; #892–)
  • Kōhei Kureta (#892–)
  • Aya Komaki (#892–961)
  • Satoshi Itō (#780–782; #962–)
Written by
  • Junki Takegami (#1–195)
  • Hirohiko Kamisaka (#196–798)
  • Shōji Yonemura (#799–)
Music by
StudioToei Animation
Licensed by
Original networkFNS (Fuji TV)
English network
TV Japan (via subtitled SAP)
Original run October 20, 1999 – present
Episodes995 (List of episodes)
Wikipe-tan face.svg Anime and manga portal

Produced by Toei Animation, One Piece premiered in Japan on Fuji TV in October 1999, has aired over 990 episodes, and has been exported to various countries around the world.[2]

In Japan, One Piece has consistently been among the top five animated shows in television viewer ratings. On international online video platforms, the One Piece anime got 1.9 million demand expressions per month in 2016, making it the year's most popular anime and fourteenth most popular TV show in the world, according to Business Insider.

Series overviewEdit

Season No. Story Arc Episodes Originally aired Series
direction
Series
composition
Character
design
First aired Last aired
1 1–61 East Blue[3] 61 October 20, 1999 March 14, 2001 Kōnosuke Uda Junki Takegami Noboru Koizumi
2 62–77 Entering into the Grand Line 16 March 21, 2001 August 19, 2001
3 78–91 Introducing Chopper at the Winter Island 14 August 26, 2001 December 9, 2001
4 92–130 Arrival in Alabasta, Fierce Fighting in Alabasta 39 December 16, 2001 October 27, 2002
5 131–143 Dreams!, The Zenny Pirate Crew Sortie!, Beyond the Rainbow 13 November 3, 2002 February 2, 2003 Kōnosuke Uda,

Junji Shimizu

6 144–195 Sky Island: Skypiea, The Golden Bell 52 February 9, 2003 June 13, 2004
7 196–228 Escape! The Marine Fortress & The Foxy Pirate Crew 33 June 20, 2004 March 27, 2005 Kōnosuke Uda Hirohiko Kamisaka
8 229–263 Water Seven 35 April 17, 2005 April 30, 2006 Kōnosuke Uda,

Munehisa Sakai

9 264–336 Enies Lobby 73 May 21, 2006 December 23, 2007
10 337–381 Thriller Bark 45 January 6, 2008 December 14, 2008 Munehisa Sakai,

Hiroaki Miyamoto

11 382–407 Sabaody Archipelago 26 December 21, 2008 June 28, 2009 Hiroaki Miyamoto Noboru Koizumi,

Kazuya Hisada

12 408–421 Island of Women 14 July 5, 2009 October 11, 2009 Kazuya Hisada
13 422–456 Impel Down 35 October 18, 2009 July 11, 2010
14 457–516 Marineford 60 July 18, 2010 September 25, 2011
15 517–578 Fishman Island 62 October 2, 2011 December 23, 2012
16 579–628 Punk Hazard 50 January 6, 2013 January 12, 2014
17 629–746 Dressrosa 118 January 19, 2014 June 19, 2016 Hiroaki Miyamoto

Toshinori Fukazawa

18 747–782 Silver Mine, Zou, Marine Rookie 36 June 26, 2016 April 2, 2017 Toshinori Fukazawa
19 783–889 Whole Cake Island, Reverie 107 April 9, 2017 June 30, 2019 Hirohiko Kamisaka,

Shōji Yonemura

20 890– Wano Country 106 July 7, 2019 present Tatsuya Nagamine Shōji Yonemura Midori Matsuda
Total 995 October 20, 1999 present -

Main voice castEdit

Character Japanese English
(Funimation)
Monkey D. Luffy Mayumi Tanaka Colleen Clinkenbeard
Roronoa Zoro Kazuya Nakai Christopher R. Sabat
Nami Akemi Okamura Luci Christian
Usopp Kappei Yamaguchi Sonny Strait
Sanji Hiroaki Hirata Eric Vale
Tony Tony Chopper Ikue Ōtani Brina Palencia
Nico Robin Yuriko Yamaguchi Stephanie Young
Franky Kazuki Yao Patrick Seitz
Brook Chō Ian Sinclair
Jimbei Daisuke Gōri & Katsuhisa Hōki Daniel Baugh

ProductionEdit

English localization and broadcastingEdit

On June 8, 2004, 4Kids Entertainment acquired the license for distribution of One Piece in North America;[4] 4Kids contracted Viz Media to handle home video distribution. 4Kids' in-house musicians wrote a new background score and theme song nicknamed "Pirate Rap". 4Kids' dub mandated edits for content and length, which reduced the first 143 episodes into 104.[5] Initially, 4Kids originally created an English version of the first opening theme, "We Are!"[6] It premiered in the United States on September 18, 2004 on the Fox network as part of the weekend programming block FoxBox TV, and later aired on Cartoon Network on their Saturday night action programming block, Toonami in April 2005. It also aired in other blocks and line-ups, such as its Monday-Thursday night prime-time line-up and its Miguzi weekday after-school action block in 2006. Production was halted in 2006 after episode 143/104;[7][8] Viz also ceased its home video release of the series after volume 11. On July 22, 2010, an interview with Anime News Network and Mark Kirk, senior vice-president of digital media for 4Kids Entertainment, revealed that 4Kids acquired One Piece as part of a package deal with other anime, and that the company did not screen the series before licensing it. However, once 4Kids realized One Piece was not appropriate for their intended demographic, the company decided to edit it into a more child-oriented series until they had an opportunity to legally drop the license. Kirk said the experience of producing One Piece "ruined the company's reputation". Since then, 4Kids established a stricter set of guidelines, checks, and balances to determine which anime the company acquires.[9]

On April 13, 2007, Funimation licensed the series and started production on an English-language release of One Piece.[10] In an interview with voice actor Christopher Sabat, he stated that Funimation had been interested in acquiring One Piece from the very beginning, and produced a "test episode," in which Sabat portrayed the character of Helmeppo and Eric Vale played the part of the main character, Monkey D. Luffy. (They would later go on to provide the English voices for Roronoa Zoro and Sanji, respectively.)[11] After resuming production of the renewed English dub, which featured less censorship because of fewer restrictions on cable programming, Funimation released its first uncut, bilingual DVD box set containing 13 episodes on May 27, 2008,[12] similarly sized sets followed with fourteen sets released.[13] The Funimation-dubbed episodes premiered on Cartoon Network on September 29, 2007 and aired until its removal on March 22, 2008.[14] On October 28, 2011, Funimation posted a press release on their official website confirming the acquisition of episodes 206–263, and the aspect ratio, beginning with episode 207, would be changed to the 16:9 widescreen format.[15] On May 18, 2013, the uncut series began airing on Adult Swim's revived Toonami late-night programming block from episode 207 onward.[16] One Piece was removed from the Toonami block after March 18, 2017.[17]

In May 2009, Funimation, Toei Animation, Shueisha, and Fuji TV announced they would simulcast stream the series within an hour of the weekly Japanese broadcast at no charge.[18] Originally scheduled to begin on May 30, 2009, with episode 403, a lack of security resulted in a leak of the episode, and Funimation delayed the offer until episode 415 on August 29, 2009.[19][20][21]

On February 12, 2013, it was announced that Manga Entertainment would start releasing the Funimation dub of One Piece in the United Kingdom in a DVD box set format.[22] Crunchyroll began simulcasting the series on November 2, 2013, for the United States, Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and Latin America.[23] Crunchyroll later expanded access to the United Kingdom and Ireland, as well as a majority of European territories, on February 22, 2020.[24] On April 22, 2020, Netflix officially announced that they will be streaming One Piece on June 12 for the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.[25]

FilmsEdit

Fourteen animated theatrical films based on the One Piece series have been released in Japan. The films are typically released in March in accordance with the spring vacation of Japanese schools.[26] The films feature self-contained, completely original plots, or alternate retellings of story arcs with animation of a higher quality than what the weekly anime allows. The first three films were typically double features paired up with other anime films, and were thus, usually an hour or less in length. Funimation has licensed the eighth, tenth, twelfth and thirteenth films for release in North America, and these films have received in-house dubs by the company.[27]

No. Title Director Writer Release date Runtime
1 One Piece: The Movie Junji Shimizu Michiru Shimada March 4, 2000 51 minutes
2 Clockwork Island Adventure March 3, 2001 55 minutes
3 Chopper's Kingdom on the Island of Strange Animals March 2, 2002 56 minutes
4 Dead End Adventure Konosuke Uda Yoshiyuki Suga March 1, 2003 1 hr 35 min
5 The Cursed Holy Sword Kazuhisa Takenouchi March 6, 2004 1 hr 35 min
6 Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island Mamoru Hosoda Masahiro Itō March 5, 2005 1 hr 32 min
7 Giant Mecha Soldier of Karakuri Castle Kōnosuke Uda March 4, 2006 1 hr 35 min
8 The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta Takahiro Imamura Hirohiko Kamisaka March 3, 2007 1 hr 30 min
9 Episode of Chopper Plus: Bloom in the Winter, Miracle Cherry Blossom Junji Shimizu March 1, 2008 1 hr 53 min
10 One Piece Film: Strong World Munehisa Sakai December 12, 2009 1 hr 53 min
11 Straw Hat Chase Hiroyuki Satō Yasuyuki Tsutsumi March 19, 2011 30 minutes
12 One Piece Film: Z Tatsuya Nagamine Osamu Suzuki December 15, 2012 1 hr 47 min
13 One Piece Film: Gold Hiroaki Miyamoto Tsutomu Kuroiwa July 23, 2016 2 hours
14 One Piece: Stampede Takashi Otsuka Atsuhiro Tomioka,
Takashi Otsuka
August 9, 2019 1 hr 41 min

Television specialsEdit

The One Piece franchise has spawned thirteen television specials that aired on Fuji TV. Of these specials, the first four, as well as the sixth, eighth, ninth and eleventh are original stories created by the anime staff with the exception of the fifth, seventh, tenth, twelfth and thirteenth specials, which are alternate re-tellings of certain story arcs.

No. Title Director Airdate Runtime Ref(s)
1 One Piece TV Special: Adventure in the Ocean's Navel Yukio Kaizawa December 20, 2000 50 minutes [28]
2 One Piece: Open Upon the Great Sea! A Father's Huge, HUGE Dream Munehisa Sakai April 6, 2003 46 minutes
3 "One Piece: Protect! The Last Great Stage" Junji Shimizu December 14, 2003 46 minutes
4 "One Piece: End-of-Year Special Plan! Chief Straw Hat Luffy's Detective Story" TBA December 18, 2005 42 minutes
5 "Episode of Nami: Tears of a Navigator and the Bonds of Friends" Katsumi Tokoro August 25, 2012 1 hr 46 min [28]
6 "Episode of Luffy: Adventure on Hand Island" Hiroyuki Morita, Mitsuru Hongo December 15, 2012 1 hr 42 min
7 "Episode of Merry: The Tale of One More Friend" Katsumi Tokoro August 24, 2013 1 hr 46 min
8 "3D2Y" Naoyuki Itou August 30, 2014 1 hr 47 min
9 "Episode of Sabo: The Three Brothers' Bond – The Miraculous Reunion and the Inherited Will" Gou Koga August 22, 2015 1 hr 46 min
10 "One Piece: Adventure of Nebulandia" Kōnosuke Uda December 19, 2015 1 hr 46 min
11 "One Piece: Heart of Gold" Tatsuya Nagamine July 23, 2016 1 hr 44 min
12 "One Piece: Episode of East Blue: Luffy and His 4 Crewmates' Big Adventure" Takashi Otsuka August 26, 2017 1 hr 46 min
13 "One Piece: Episode of Sky Island" Tetsuya Endo August 25, 2018 2 hr 10 min

OVAsEdit

No. Title Length Airdate Note Ref(s)
1 "Defeat Him! The Pirate Ganzack!" 29 minutes July 26, 1998
  • Produced and animated by Production I.G.
  • Festival film shown on the 1998 Jump Super Anime Tour and released on VHS
  • The only One Piece anime material not made by Toei
2 "Romance Dawn Story" 33 minutes September 21, 2008 Extra episode
3 "Strong World: Episode 0" 18 minutes December 12, 2009 Animated version of Chapter 0 and prequel to One Piece Film: Strong World
4 "Glorious Island" Part 1 5 minutes December 23, 2012 Prequel to One Piece Film: Z
5 "Glorious Island" Part 2 5 minutes December 30, 2012
6 "One Piece Film: Gold Episode 0" 10 minutes July 2, 2016 Prequel to One Piece Film: Gold
7 "ROMANCE DAWN" October 20, 2019 [29][30]

ShortsEdit

No. Title Release date Length
1 Jango's Dance Carnival March 3, 2001 5 minutes and 30 seconds
2 Dream Soccer King March 2, 2002 5 minutes and 30 seconds
3 Take Aim! The Pirate Baseball King March 6, 2004 5 minutes and 30 seconds
4 ONE PIECE 3D! Trap Coaster December 1, 2011 12 minutes

MusicEdit

Music soundtracks have been released that are based on songs that premiered in the series. Kohei Tanaka and Shiro Hamaguchi composed the score for One Piece.[31] Various theme songs and character songs were released.

The anime television series consists of 40 pieces of theme music; 23 opening themes and 18 ending themes. As of episode 279, ending themes were omitted and, starting from episode 326 onwards, opening themes were extended from 110 seconds long to 150 seconds long. In episodes 1-206 of Funimation's English-language release of the series, the opening and ending themes were dubbed into English by various voice actors, before reverting to the Japanese versions from episodes 207 onwards and some openings were not licensed by Funimation's release.

On August 11, 2019, it was announced that Sakuramen, a musical group will be collaborating with Kohei Tanaka to compose music for the anime's 20th season.[32]

Opening themeEdit

No. Title Original Artist English Artist Episodes Total
Original Funimation
1 "We Are!" Hiroshi Kitadani Vic Mignogna 1-47 47
2 "Believe" Folder 5 Meredith McCoy 48-115 68
3 "Hikari e" The Babystars Vic Mignogna 116-168 53
4 "BON VOYAGE!" Bon-Bon Blanco Brina Palencia 169-206 38
5 "Kokoro no Chizu" BOYSTYLE N/A (Not dubbed) 207-263 57
6 "Brand New World" D-51 264-278 15
7 "We Are! (Straw Hat Pirates Version)" Cast of the Straw Hat Pirates 279-283 279-325 5 47
8 "Crazy Rainbow" Tackey and Tsubasa 284-325 Not licensed 42 -
9 "Jungle P" 5050 326-372 326-458 47 133
10 "We Are! (Remix)" TVXQ 373-394 Not licensed 22 -
11 "Share the World!" TVXQ 395-425 31
12 "Kaze o Sagashite" Yaguchi Mari, Straw Hats cast 426-458 33
13 "One day" THE ROOTLESS 459-492 34
14 "Fight Together" Namie Amuro 493-516 24
15 "We Go!" Hiroshi Kitadani 517-590 517-628 72 111
16 "Hands Up!" Kota Shinzato 591-628 Not licensed 38 -
17 "Wake up!" AAA 629-686 58
18 "Hard Knock Days" Generations from Exile Tribe 687-746 60
19 "We Can!" Hiroshi Kitadani and Kishidan 747-806 60
20 "Hope" Namie Amuro 807-855 49
21 "Super Powers" V6 856-891 36
22 "OVER THE TOP" Hiroshi Kitadani and Kohei Tanaka (music) 892-934 43
23 "DREAMIN' ON" Da-iCE 935-present TBD
Alternates
  1. "One Piece Rap" (4Kids)
    • Version 1: (Episodes 1-29)
    • Version 2: (Episodes 30-59) (inclusion of Sanji and Usopp in the lyrics)
    • Version 3: (Episodes 60-104) (inclusion of Chopper in the lyrics)

Ending themeEdit

# Title Original Artist English Artist Episodes Total
1 "memories" Maki Otsuki Brina Palencia 1-30 30
2 "RUN! RUN! RUN!" Caitlin Glass 31-63 33
3 "Watashi ga Iru Yo" TOMATO CUBE Leah Clark 64-73 10
4 "Shōchi no suke" Suitei Shojo Stephanie Young 74-81 8
5 "BEFORE DAWN" AI-SACHI Carli Mosier 82-94 13
6 "fish" The Kaleidoscope Leah Clark 95-106 12
7 "GLORY -Kimi ga Iru Kara-" Takako Uehara Caitlin Glass 107-118 12
8 "Shining ray" Janne da Arc Justin Houston 119-132 13
9 "Free will" Ruppina Kristine Sa 133-155 24
10 "FAITH" Ruppina Caitlin Glass 156-168 12
11 "A to Z" ZZ Vic Mignogna 169-181 13
12 "Tsuki to Taiyō" Shela Stephanie Young 182-195 14
13 "Dreamship" Aiko Ikuta Jessi James 196-206 11
14 "Mirai Kōkai" Tackey & Tsubasa N/A (Swapped with Ed 15) 207-230 24
15 "Eternal Pose" Asia Engineer N/A (Not dubbed) 231-245 15
16 "Dear friends" TRIPLANE 246-255 10
17 "Asu wa Kuru Kara" TVXQ 256-263 8
18 "Adventure World" Delicatessen 264-278 15

Other musicEdit

On December 23, 2019, a teaser video was uploaded on Arashi's YouTube channel, in collaboration with the anime. The 39-second video for the song A-ra-shi: Reborn, has the 5 animated members of the band mingling with the crew from the anime, up until the moment when Arashi is about to give a concert. The full version video was released on January 4, 2020.[33]

ReceptionEdit

RatingsEdit

The anime have been very well-received. The first episode of the anime adaptation earned a viewer rating of 12.4%, behind Pokémon and ahead of Ojamajo Doremi.[34] In Japan, One Piece has consistently been among the top five animated shows in television viewer ratings, as of 2020.[35][36][37]

On international online video platforms, the One Piece anime got 1.9 million demand expressions per month in 2016, making it the year's most popular anime and fourteenth most popular TV show in the world, according to Business Insider.[38][39] In the United States, where it is available on the Hulu streaming platform, One Piece was 2018's most binge-watched television show in the states of Illinois and Wisconsin.[40]

Sales and earningsEdit

On various occasions, the One Piece anime has topped Japan's DVD sales charts.[41][42]

The following table lists Toei Animation's net earnings from One Piece anime home media, including domestic and overseas licensing as well as overseas sales, between 2003 and 2019. It does not include sales or earnings from domestic or overseas licensee companies, such as Fuji TV in Japan or Toonami in North America, for example, but only includes Toei Animation's earnings as an anime licensor and overseas distributor.

Fiscal period Toei Animation One Piece earnings (net) Ref
April 2003 to March 2012 ¥14.946 billion ($187.32 million) [43]
April 2012 to March 2013 ¥6.186 billion ($77.53 million)
April 2013 to March 2014 ¥5.289 billion ($63.38 million)
April 2014 to March 2015 ¥5.537 billion ($58.39 million)
April 2015 to September 2020 ¥45.516 billion ($431.14 million) [44][45]
April 2003 to September 2020 ¥77.474 billion ($817.87 million)

Critical receptionEdit

In a review of the second DVD release of 4Kids Entertainment's dub, Todd Douglass, Jr. of DVD Talk called its adaptation a "shabby treatment" resulting in an "arguably less enjoyable rendition". Douglass said that the 4Kids original opening was "a crappy rap song" and that the removal of whole scenes leaves a "feeling that something is missing". He later went on to say that "Fans of the 'real' One Piece will want to skip picking [...] up [4Kids Entertainment's One Piece DVDs] until an uncut release is announced", and also stated that "kids may get into this version because it's what they have seen on TV".[46] Margaret Veira of activeAnime praised the TV series' "great" animation, stating that "It gives life and stays true to the style and characters of the manga." She notes the fight scenes in particular have "a lot of energy to them".[47] Patrick King of Animefringe comments that the art style of One Piece is "very distinctive and fresh".[48]

In a review of the first Funimation DVD release for Mania Entertainment, Bryce Coulter comments that One Piece is "not your typical pirate adventure" and that mixed with "the right amount of random fun along with a shonen style storyline" it becomes "an appealing and fun romp".[49] In a review of Funimation's second DVD release for Mania Entertainment, Bryce Coulter comments that "You can tell that they are giving One Piece the attention that was neglected by 4Kids" and that "One Piece is a great tale of high-seas fun that will leave you wanting more!"[50]

In Indonesia, Global TV was reprimanded by the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI) for airing the anime television series. Nina Armando, member of the KPI and a lecturer at the University of Indonesia, said the show should not be aired at times when children are likely to watch.[51]

Awards and accoladesEdit

The first opening of the One Piece anime television series, "We Are!", won the Animation Kobe Theme Song Award of the year 2000.[52] In February 2001, One Piece placed 9th among anime television series in Japan.[53] In 2001, the readers of Animage, a popular Japanese anime magazine, voted the anime television series in 5th place of The Readers' Picks for the Anime that should be remembered in the 21st Century.[54] In June 2002, Animage readers voted One Piece to be the 16th best new anime of the year 2001,[55] and gave it another 16th place in 2004 in the category Favorite Anime Series.[56] In a 2005 web poll by Japanese television network TV Asahi One Piece was voted 6th most popular animated TV series.[57] Before the poll, Asahi TV broadcast another list based on a nationwide survey in which One Piece placed 4th among teenagers.[58] In 2006, it was elected 32nd of the Top 100 Japanese anime by TV Asahi and 21st by its viewers.[59][60] Funimation's first DVD release of the series "One Piece: Season 1 First Voyage" was nominated for the Fifth Annual TV DVD Awards.[61]

See alsoEdit

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