The Alvida pirates led by the grotesque Alvida raid a ship for its treasure. Coby, a weakling with no self esteem that joined by accident makes a fateful encounter with Luffy who by accident, boarded that ship. After getting to know each other for a bit, Coby stands up for himself against Alvida after learning a lesson or two from Luffy's sheer will. Luffy, revealing that he ate a devil's fruit that makes him rubber, easily defeats the pirates. His next step is acquiring a crew, and he sets his eyes on the demonic and infamous pirate hunter Rorona Zoro.
Straight from the get go One Piece had my captivated. The pacing is absolutely perfect and the comedy and tone is just consistently top notched and great. I have a thing against "one speech wonders" where people seem to learn life changing lessons in unrealistic ways, but the way Coby learned from Luffy made it really realistic in a sense. Even though I'm basically caught up with the anime (chapter 520 in the manga) and I know the One Piece universe pretty well, this episode did such an astonishing job introducing the base, goals, theme, in such a smooth way. Often times in shounen, several terms and concepts are thrown at you which you get a grasp of later on, but you already feel comfortable with the One Piece universe just 10 minutes into this first episode.
Monkey D Luffy, A man who wants to be the "Pirate King" who has Wealth, Fame and Power. Starts off with a floating barrel but this barrel is like no other, it houses a Pirate who dreams. Luffy emerges (in a rather amusing way) from the barrel and the first thought on his mind FOOD. While stuffing his face he tells Coby his dream of becoming pirate king. He quickly disperses the Alvida pirates and he gets on a boat with Coby to escape the incoming pirates. By the sounds of his dream this promises to be quite the series. Enter One Piece
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