One Piece Celebrates Luffy’s Birthday With New Illustration

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May 5 is the birthday of One Piece protagonist Monkey D. Luffy. To commemorate the day, the One Piece Twitter account has released an eye-catching illustration of the Straw Hat pirates’ captain.

While the tweet doesn’t mention the name of the artist, some anime fans on Twitter (both international and Japanese) believe the illustration to be the work of animator and character designer Takashi Kojima. The skilled animator, who has key animation credits on shows ranging from Your Lie in April and From The New World to Flip Flappers and Attack on Titan, has contributed to the One Piece anime on multiple occasions and retweeted the Luffy birthday illustration.

The Shueisha-published One Piece manga by Eiichirou Oda began in 1997 and has 105 tankoubon volumes as of March 2023. VIZ Media describes the manga as:

As a child, Monkey D. Luffy was inspired to become a pirate by listening to the tales of the buccaneer “Red-Haired” Shanks. But his life changed when Luffy 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 adventure…one guy alone in a rowboat, in search of the legendary “One Piece,” said to be the greatest treasure in the world…

After a 1999 OVA produced by Production I.G, the manga inspired the current Toei Animation-produced TV series that began in 1999 and passed the 1000th episode mark on November 21, 2021. The 15th One Piece anime movie, One Piece Film Red, premiered in Japan in August 2022 and ended its run as the country’s eighth highest-grossing film. It is also currently the fifth highest-grossing anime movie in the world.

Source: @OPcom_info

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