One Piece is a Japanese anime series based on the manga series written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. One Piece follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy, a young man whose body gains the properties of rubber after unintentionally eating a Devil's Fruit, and his diverse crew of pirates, named the Straw Hat Pirates. Luffy explores the ocean in search of the world's ultimate treasure known as One Piece in order to become the next Pirate King.
Toei Animation produced the series and it premiered in Japan on Fuji Television on October 20, 1999. Since then, the still ongoing series has aired more than 700 episodes and has been exported to various countries around the world. In 2004, 4Kids Entertainment acquired the license for distribution of One Piece in North America. 4Kids collaborated with Viz Media to distribute the series for home video release. This dub was heavily edited for content, as well as length; reducing the first 143 episodes into 104. Sanji's cigarettes, for example, were turned into lollipops, and the skin of a black pirate was changed to a tan mulatto/white color.
The series premiered in the United States on September 18, 2004 on the Fox network as part of the Fox Box block. 4Kids released a statement in December 2006 confirming that it cancelled the project. Following the 4Kids dub in 2007, Funimation Entertainment began production on an English-language release of One Piece.
The 4Kids dubbed episodes premiered on Cartoon Network's Toonami block on April 23, 2005. The Funimation dubbed episodes premiered on Toonami on August 25, 2007 and aired until its cancellation on March 22, 2008.
During Momocon 2013, the Toonami staff stated that they had re-acquired the rights to the series and that One Piece would return to the lineup, in April 2013.
The series returned to Toonami on May 18, 2013 with episode 207 of the “Long Ring Long Island” arc (or “Davy Back Fight” arc as it’s also known), due to the fact that a lot of the episodes preceding 207 were already shown on Toonami, and because every episode after 207 is in HD. The series is rated TV-14-DLV on Adult Swim.
The series begins with the execution of Gold D. Roger, a man known as the King of the Pirates. Just before his death, Roger announces that his treasure, the One Piece, will be up for the taking, causing the Great Pirate Era to begin. As a result, countless pirates set out to the Grand Line to look for the treasure. Twenty-two years have passed since Roger's execution, and Monkey D. Luffy, a young pirate inspired by his childhood idol and powerful pirate Red Haired Shanks, has since set off on a journey from the East Blue Ocean to succeed Roger and find the legendary treasure. In an attempt to organize his own crew, the Straw Hat Pirates, he befriends many different crew members, each with unique skills and abilities, that he meets on his journey to find The legendary treasure One Piece.
The Straw Hat Pirate Crew consists of: Monkey D. Luffy, a rubber-man and captain of the Straw Hat Pirates; Roronoa Zoro a swordsman and former bounty hunter; Nami, a navigator and a thief; Usopp, a sniper and a liar; Sanji, a womanizing chef; Tony Tony Chopper, an anthropomorphized reindeer and doctor; Nico Robin, an archaeologist and former member of the Baroque Works; Franky, a shipwright and self-made cyborg; and Brook, a living skeleton and musician.
Throughout the series The Straw Hat Pirates face off with many enemies including the Marines, bounty hunters, and many different pirate crews, including; Buggy The Clown and The Buggy Pirates, Arlong and The Arlong Pirates, Shichibukai Sir Crocodile and Baroque Works, and many more.