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“ONE PIECE” INSPIRES CREATIVE COSPLAY AROUND THE WORLD

“ONE PIECE” INSPIRES CREATIVE COSPLAY AROUND THE WORLD

What is ONE PIECE?

ONE PIECE is arguably one of Japan’s most popular manga. It has been going strong since 1997. Created by legendary manga artist, Eiichiro Oda, it actually holds the coveted record from Guinness World Records for the most copies of a single comic book series.

ONE PIECE Creator Eiichiro Oda
The creator of ONE PIECE, Eiichiro Oda, Image Sourced from Minews ID

The anime version has been running since 1999.  There have also been 14 anime movies.

Its reach is truly global, now circulated in 43 countries. ONE PIECE has, in fact, been the best-selling manga series every year since 2018.

These stunning achievements make it one of the most popular manga and anime franchises from Japan.

What is the story?

ONE PIECE chronicles the adventures of a boy named Monkey D. Luffy whose body takes on the properties of rubber after eating the supernatural “gum-gum fruit” by accident.

ONE PIECE Anime Character Montage
Monkey D. Luffy wearing his signature straw hat and crew, Image Sourced from SGCafe

His goal is to become the King of the Pirates in a place called the Grand Line. Along the way, Monkey is accompanied by his crew of fellow pirates who are called the Straw Hat Pirates. 

Oda has developed numerous characters which provide cosplayers with plenty of material to develop their own unique take on ONE PIECE.

How has ONE PIECE inspired cosplayers?

Given its global reach, enchanting story, and a vivid cast of characters, cosplayers around the world have been inspired to personify many of the most popular characters. 

The Animate Times of Japan recently published some of the most dazzling cosplay renditions. Judge for yourself how well each interpretation resembles their in-print and on-screen ONE PIECE character.


Nami

This character possesses many skills including an innate ability to read maps, interpret the weather, and navigate the seas.  She is also a thief and pickpocket. 

You can, however, see her coming from a distance due to her bright orange hair and svelte body.

ONE PIECE anime character Nami
The original Nami in full command, Image Sourced from ONE PIECE Wiki Fandom

Rurusama9 captures Nami’s persona on the beach at her home in Singapore.

Cosplay interpretation of ONE PIECE anime character Nami
Rurusama9 from Singapore, Image Sourced from Animate Times

Just as sexy, Smougtea Team from Russia has succeeded in another accurate rendition of Nami just in time for Halloween.

Cosplay interpretation of ONE PIECE anime character Nami
Smougtea Team from Russia, Image Sourced from the Animate Times

Jewelry Bonney

Captain of the Bonney Pirates and part of the Worst Generation, Jewelry Bonney should be watched carefully.

ONE PIECE anime character Jewelry Bonney
A deceptively devious smile from Jewelry Bonney, Image Sourced from DeviantArt

Tomoko from Taiwan is all tied up as Jewelry Bonney.

Cosplay interpretation of ONE PIECE anime character Jewelry Bonney
Tomoko from Taiwan, Image Sourced from Animate Times

Boa Hancock

The only female Warlord of the Sea, Boa Hancock is a “pirate empress” and captain of the Kuja Pirates.

ONE PIECE anime character Boa Hancock
The original Boa Hancock strikes an imposing image, Image Sourced from Pinterest

Murisaki from China has certainly got Boa Hancock’s skimpy style down.

Cosplay interpretation of ONE PIECE anime character Boa Hancock
Murisaki from China as Boa Hancock, Image Sourced from Animate Times

Wearing slightly more material, Soha from South Korea put a lot of effort into her photoshoot, complete with mysterious smoke emanating from behind a sofa chair.

Cosplay interpretation of ONE PIECE anime character Boa Hancock
Soha from South Korea as Boa Hancock, Image Sourced from the Animate Times

Tashigi

Tashigi, with her signature glasses, is a marine officer who serves under Vice Admiral Smoker.

ONE PIECE anime character Tashigi
Tashigi adjusting her signature glasses, Image Sourced from ONE PIECE Wiki Fandom

Tachibana Haruka from Taiwan is ready to draw her sword as a very realistic Tashigi.

Cosplay interpretation of ONE PIECE anime character Tashigi
Tachibana Haruka from Taiwan, Image Sourced from the Animate Times

Belo Betty

Belo Betty is the commander of the East Army in the Revolutionary Army.

ONE PIECE anime character Belo Betty
Belo Betty leading the charge while smoking a cig, Image Sourced from Tumblr

Is that real smoke from Amaya’s cigarette?  She hails from Poland.

Cosplay interpretation of ONE PIECE anime character Belo Betty
Amaya from Poland as Belo Betty, Image Sourced from the Animate Times

Perona

One of the Mysterious Four, Perona is the former commander of the Wild Zombies.

ONE PIECE anime character Perona
Perona looking a bit surprised, Image Sourced from DeviantArt

What is coming out of Fransuaza Stein’s finger? She is a native of Russia.

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Cosplay interpretation of ONE PIECE anime character Perona
An alluring Perona, Fransuaza Stein from Russia, Image Sourced from the Animate Times

Nico Robin

Known as the “Devil Child”, Nico Robin is an archaeologist.

ONE PIECE anime character Nico Robin
The original Nico Robin has both self-confidence and skills, Image Sourced from ONE PIECE Wiki Fandom

That’s quite a set for Shippou from China who seems to be ready to board the Ferris wheel as a convincing Nico Robin.

Cosplay interpretation of ONE PIECE anime character Nico Robin
Shippou from China as Nico Robin, Image Sourced from Animate Times

Hailing from Italy, KaoriFrost seems to have grown two extra arms. How did she do that? Double exposure?

Cosplay interpretation of ONE PIECE anime character Nico Robin
KaoriFrost from Italy as Nico Robin, Image Sourced from the Animate Times

While the female characters certainly attract a lot of cosplayers, the main protagonist, Monkey D. Luffy, has no shortage of guys with six-pack abs doing their best to emulate their favorite character.

Monkey D. Luffy

Since the very first episode, Monkey D. Luffy is the main character of ONE PIECE.

ONE PIECE anime character Monkey D. Luffy
Monkey D. Luffy is ready to go, Image Sourced from ONE PIECE Wiki Fandom

While we are not certain who this is and where this photo was taken, he is certainly an accurate rendition of Monkey D. Luffy.

Cosplay interpretation of ONE PIECE anime character Monkey D. Luffy
A remarkably accurate Monkey D. Luffy, Image Sourced from DeviantArt

What is next for ONE PIECE?

While for years there have been rumors about the impending conclusion to the long-selling ONE PIECE series, it appears as though the creator, Eiichiro Oda, does not seem ready to hang it up. In the following, somewhat cryptic and free-flowing handwritten note from the Jump Festival dated December 2019, he explained,

Hello to everyone visiting the Jump Festival!  It’s King Gnu—no, just kidding!  (King Gnu is a Japanese band.)  It’s Gnu Oda.  We are just about to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the television anime production (of ONE PIECE).  Keep supporting this event.  Thank you very much for your participation.  I want to take a moment to recognize and thank my staff for their enduring support.  I am, however, not ready to finish writing the original script.  The brakes have already been destroyed!

Handwritten note from ONE PIECE creator Eiichiro Oda
Handwritten note from the creator of ONE PIECE, Image Sourced from Zori Lover Dot Com

 Have you been enjoying the adventures of Kozuki Oden?  I am struggling to determine how much to reveal.  I may just carelessly draw the entire ONE PIECE.  However, as soon as this recollection is revealed, the importance of Luffy’s adventures and the significance of fighting should become clear.  Luffy doesn’t think about that.  The Wano country edition is finally in the process of being defeated.  Wano country came to want to draw here.  And behind that, what will Sabo, Bibi, and Hancock do?…Ah…Yes!  Development with a view to the final episode has already begun.  Don’t take your eyes off it, because next year’s ONE PIECE will very interesting!

Eiichiro Oda, December 2019


Thus, we’ll just have to wait and see what the future may bring to the world of Monkey D. Luffy.

In the meantime, be certain to look for lots more creativity from cosplayers in love with ONE PIECE.

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