One Piece, Volume 01: Romance Dawn

One Piece, Volume 01: Romance Dawn

As a child, Monkey D. Luffy was inspired to become a pirate by listening to the tales of the buccaneer "Red-Haired" Shanks. But Luffy's life changed when he accidentally ate the Gum-Gum Devil Fruit and gained the power to stretch like rubber...at the cost of never being able to swim again! Years later, still vowing to become the king of the pirates, Luffy sets out on his a...

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Title:One Piece, Volume 01: Romance Dawn
Author:Eiichirō Oda
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ISBN:1569319014
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:210 pages

One Piece, Volume 01: Romance Dawn Reviews

  • Novia
    Jan 05, 2009

    For me, One Piece is best Manga ever written. The story always touch my heart, it is a combination of faithful friendship, laughter, loyalty and action.

    Some people might find this manga as silly and pointless (I’ve heard this before) but they never truly read the Manga and therefore judging it simply from the cover. I’ve been in that position too…and thank God I finally looked beyond the cover and found the greatest adventure any Mangaka ever written.

    For me, One Piece is best Manga ever written. The story always touch my heart, it is a combination of faithful friendship, laughter, loyalty and action.

    Some people might find this manga as silly and pointless (I’ve heard this before) but they never truly read the Manga and therefore judging it simply from the cover. I’ve been in that position too…and thank God I finally looked beyond the cover and found the greatest adventure any Mangaka ever written.

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  • Nba Fan 2000
    Jul 10, 2011

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  • Kogiopsis
    Dec 12, 2011

    Hmmm...

    This has got to be the ugliest manga art I've ever seen. Sorry, but it's true. I really, really, really don't like this style and I knew that going in because I've seen caps from the anime. It's over the top and unpleasant and cluttered and sort of makes my eyes ache to look at it.

    and yet

    there is something about the story. Don't ask me what, but there's something. It's not totally bad. It's absurd and banal at worst, silly at best, but I guess it has potential. I could do without the chee

    Hmmm...

    This has got to be the ugliest manga art I've ever seen. Sorry, but it's true. I really, really, really don't like this style and I knew that going in because I've seen caps from the anime. It's over the top and unpleasant and cluttered and sort of makes my eyes ache to look at it.

    and yet

    there is something about the story. Don't ask me what, but there's something. It's not totally bad. It's absurd and banal at worst, silly at best, but I guess it has potential. I could do without the cheesy yelling-names-of-fighting-moves thing (seriously, why is this a thing in anime and manga. It just makes the characters sound stupid) and I'm not crazy about the writing quality, but I'd pick up another volume. I guess. Maybe.

    We'll see.

  • Alex Scales
    Mar 19, 2012

    I've gone on and on about my hatred for shonen manga. I've said before it's franchises like Naruto and Yu Gi Oh that form what most westerners conceive to be the whole of manga-- which is a problem, because as long as manga is seen as just a teen fad, some amazing works of comic art and literature are being completely overlooked by a large audience that might otherwise devour them. Sure, Seinen manga seems to have a small foothold now, but what about Gekiga? Or Josei? How about some of the class

    I've gone on and on about my hatred for shonen manga. I've said before it's franchises like Naruto and Yu Gi Oh that form what most westerners conceive to be the whole of manga-- which is a problem, because as long as manga is seen as just a teen fad, some amazing works of comic art and literature are being completely overlooked by a large audience that might otherwise devour them. Sure, Seinen manga seems to have a small foothold now, but what about Gekiga? Or Josei? How about some of the classics like Rose of Versailles? Anytime Viz licenses something that isn't just teenagers shooting psychic rays at each other, it's a miracle. So why, you must be wondering, would I give One Piece five stars?

    Because it's pure cartooning.

    Out of the "big three" Shonen Jump titles, One Piece is by far the superior. While Dragon Ball is an obvious influence of both One Piece and Naruto, Naruto is only a derivative of Akira Toriyama's work, where as Eiichiro has pushed beyond those limits, creating an art style and world just as unique to himself as Toriyama's was with Dr. Slump. But even as slapstick as One Piece can be, Eiichiro has the storytelling ability to make you care for his large cast of characters in the most absurd situations-- something Bleach hasn't been able to do since somewhere in the Soul Society Arc. However more flashier Bleach may be, One Piece makes up for it with heart.

    Sure, One Piece isn't perfect. Like any popular manga running in a weekly magazine, there's times you can tell Eiichiro and his assistants are rushing to get those 18 pages done. And of course, with over 60 some volumes in the series, it's amazing how far a single storyline can stretch, and 600 chapters can be quite daunting for new readers. But when Eiichiro and his guys are firing on all cylinders, this is the comic that justifies Jump's existence.

  • Isti
    Mar 18, 2013

    I wrote the review for the whole One Piece manga not only for volume one. One Piece is the only manga I've been loyal to for the past ten years.As I grew up I choose to read more serious book and leave manga behind. But One piece is an exception. If you read the manga, you will see how every character, mainly the protagonist have very compelling and charismatic personality. Luffy is the captain, a happy go lucky person who sometimes act stupid (along with Ussop,Chopper and Franky) but very respo

    I wrote the review for the whole One Piece manga not only for volume one. One Piece is the only manga I've been loyal to for the past ten years.As I grew up I choose to read more serious book and leave manga behind. But One piece is an exception. If you read the manga, you will see how every character, mainly the protagonist have very compelling and charismatic personality. Luffy is the captain, a happy go lucky person who sometimes act stupid (along with Ussop,Chopper and Franky) but very responsible towards his nakama. My favorite is Zorro, a very responsible nakama, who's willing to go trough pain and suffers just to protect the others. The villains are equally awesome too, and to be honest the villains are sometimes better than the main character.

    Story wise, the setting was in wonderful world we never imagine, different enemies, and a plot twist we never expect. The One Piece World is very diverse, with unique creature and stronger enemies as the level going up. The incredible detail and meticulous (hands off to Oda) about every part of it, the world government, the sichibukai, the pirate and even for the additional character. This manga is insanely funny!!

  • Jan Philipzig
    Sep 07, 2014

    The world of pirates seems pretty awesome when you are a kid! No rules and parents, just treasure hunts and palm trees and lots of laughter and maybe a colorful parrot on your shoulder - that's the life!! The genius of

    is that it perfectly captures these childhood fantasies, turning them into a rollicking adventure that is anchored by relatable characters while bubbling over with fun and enthusiasm. It is no surprise at all that

    has been one of the world's best-selling comic-

    The world of pirates seems pretty awesome when you are a kid! No rules and parents, just treasure hunts and palm trees and lots of laughter and maybe a colorful parrot on your shoulder - that's the life!! The genius of

    is that it perfectly captures these childhood fantasies, turning them into a rollicking adventure that is anchored by relatable characters while bubbling over with fun and enthusiasm. It is no surprise at all that

    has been one of the world's best-selling comic-book titles for years - great stuff!

  • Raeleen Lemay
    May 12, 2015

    This was such a fun time! I LOOOOOVE pirates in general, so I had a great time reading this. And Luffy is so ridiculous and funny so that's a plus.

  • Sue Moro
    May 16, 2015

    OMG! I loved it!

    One Piece is about a boy named Monkey D. Luffy who is determined to become the "King of the Pirates" by discovering the hidden treasure of the late King of the Pirates, Gold Roger. The only problem is Luffy is too young to join Red-Haired Captain Shanks's crew and he can't swim! When he accidentally eats the fruit of the gum-gum tree, he ruins his chance of ever being able to swim, and now he can stretch like rubber! Captain Shanks sails away but first leaves Luffy his beloved s

    OMG! I loved it!

    One Piece is about a boy named Monkey D. Luffy who is determined to become the "King of the Pirates" by discovering the hidden treasure of the late King of the Pirates, Gold Roger. The only problem is Luffy is too young to join Red-Haired Captain Shanks's crew and he can't swim! When he accidentally eats the fruit of the gum-gum tree, he ruins his chance of ever being able to swim, and now he can stretch like rubber! Captain Shanks sails away but first leaves Luffy his beloved straw hat, thus giving Luffy the new nickname "Straw Hat". Ten years pass and Luffy sets off alone in a small dingy determined to follow his dream. He has no abilities at navigation and just lets the sea take him on a series of adventures where he hopes to build a crew and find the "One Piece" treasure.

    I loved Luffy's character! He has such a fierce determination about him, even as a small boy. Captain Shanks realizes this, even seeing a bit of his younger self in the young Luffy. Shanks is a great role model for Luffy, as pirates go, even if Luffy doesn't realize this at first. He shows him that it isn't always necessary to fight, and that killing doesn't make you a man, and that for friends you sacrifice whatever is necessary.

    I noticed a definite theme of determination running through this volume. Several characters Luffy encounters all have goals or made promises to themselves or others and all are fiercely determined to see them through to the end regardless of any obstacles that try to block their way.

    The art work is great! Lots of interesting looking characters and wonderful facial expressions. There is a good mix of small and large panels and the ships look amazing! The story is full of action and nice flashback scenes that help flesh out some of the characters.

    This is a manga I will definitely continue reading, and there are a LOT OF VOLUMES to keep me busy for some time to come. But I'm DETERMINED to read more, and I recommend you pick this up as well. If you are looking to get into manga for the first time, you can't go wrong with One Piece!

  • Christopher
    Jun 15, 2016

    One Piece is the

    . And it's not close, with approximate sales at 380 million volumes.

    Normally, I wouldn't even review something this iconic. It's like giving my opinion on Batman. And not the most recent Batman, but iconic original series Batman. You just don't. It's Batman. But a large majority of my GR friends don't read manga, even among the comic readers, or at least don't review it here if they do. So let's talk about one of the most famous manga of all time. P

    One Piece is the

    . And it's not close, with approximate sales at 380 million volumes.

    Normally, I wouldn't even review something this iconic. It's like giving my opinion on Batman. And not the most recent Batman, but iconic original series Batman. You just don't. It's Batman. But a large majority of my GR friends don't read manga, even among the comic readers, or at least don't review it here if they do. So let's talk about one of the most famous manga of all time. Perhaps you've seen the anime.

    One Piece begins with the execution of the King of the Pirates, who, just before the executioner's blade fell, announced that his treasure, called One Piece, was available to anyone who could find it. People are greedy, so the Great Pirate Era begins.

    Skipping ahead a decade or so finds us following the young boy Luffy, who wants to be a pirate more than anything, despite not being able to swim. In a moment of plot, he eats the Gum-Gum Fruit, one of the Devil Fruits. Now each devil fruit gives a special power to the person who eats it, and this one basically turns his body into rubber. This means he can't be hurt (pretty much). Bullets bounce off of him, he can punch really far (somehow), etc.

    Skip forward another decade and we have Luffy as a young man, still determined to be King of the Pirates! He then sets off on his adventure to find himself a pirate crew and locate the One Piece treasure. The rest of the volume has him run into a couple of enemies, including one with an axe for a hand, and a couple of new friends, including Zolo, who uses the insane three-sword technique.

    Through it all Luffy approaches everything like it is just one big adventure, even while people are trying to murder him. He's a fairly odd pirate, really. It's all about friendship and following your dreams, even when they are completely nuts.

    Let's talk art. Every now and then, in fact if you scroll down this page to the other reviews is one, you will find someone who says the art is terribad. These people are wrong. You are welcome not to like it, just as you are welcome to not like anything. But you're still wrong. :D

    One Piece manages to have clean art while still being very kinetic. I'd say it is art that could easily adapt to a cartoon... but there's an anime with over 700 episodes, and the art is pretty much an exact match, so I suppose that is obvious.

    The primary issue I have with One Piece, and this is true of pretty much all manga, is that it expects you to be in for the long haul. While there are a couple of completed stories in this volume, it is obviously just the setup for things to come. Those of us reading american comics for decades are used universe resets and such seemingly all the time. You don't typically get that with manga (at least not the stuff that gets translated to English. I wouldn't know about the rest of the market.. and watch One Piece be the exception since I haven't read most of it yet). They aren't typically books you pick up with the something recent like you often can with american comics. Start back at the beginning and catch up. There are currently over 80 volumes of this, and it's still going, so there's a lot to catch up on. But it's the best selling manga of all time, so it can't be too bad.

  • Jokoloyo
    Jan 01, 2017

    The beginning of one of the most epic manga stories ever. I gave only 4 star for first volume because the world has not much revealed. But on next volumes you could see the fantasy world of One Piece is rich, fresh, and populated with many interesting characters.