Matt Kamen finds out who’s who in the One Piece anime
Monkey D. Luffy: The founder and captain of the Straw Hats, Luffy is a carefree soul who wants to become king of the pirates. After eating the Gum-Gum Devil Fruit, he gained an elastic body, making him near-invulnerable and able to stretch but paradoxically making him unable to swim.
Roronoa Zoro (left): Zoro is one of the world’s foremost swordsmen, so deadly with a blade that he’s developed his own triple-wield style – the third sword held in his mouth! A bounty hunter to begin with, he joins the crew after Luffy saves his life. With a confident and honourable battle-hardened personality, he’s the sternest crewmember but also perhaps the most loyal.
Nami: A cat-burglar with a tragic past, Nami serves as navigator and cartographer for the team. Her ambition is to create the world’s first complete map of the legendary Grand Line, and travelling with Luffy allows her that opportunity.
Usopp: Usopp is an elite sniper, able to hit any target – though you’ll mostly see him using a slingshot rather than a rifle. With a penchant for lying that borders on a theatrical talent, the fallout from his untruths force him into a comedic role. Usopp is also a gifted inventor, creating weapons for his crewmates.
Sanji: Besides being the crew’s cook, this dapper chap is a chivalrous ladies’ man and a dab hand in a fight. Well, a dab foot – Sanji is so devoted to his food-craft that he never risks his hands. Instead, his kick-based style is unstoppable. He aims to find a legendary trove of the world’s most delicious fish – then cook them!
One Piece is out now on UK DVD from Manga Entertainment.