One Piece’s Earliest Manuscript Reveals Original Name And Luffy’s First Design!

The original name for the manga was “Forward”

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Recently, an old manuscript drawn by Oda, which shows his original plans for the One Piece Manga. The original name for the manga was “Forward”. 

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The manuscript, which is over 30 years old, reveals that Luffy’s initial name was Monkey D. Pao. The word “Pao” is roughly translated to thief in English. This was also visible in his outfit, as he wore a bandana with a spiral design on it, which is generally connected to thieves in mangas and other Japanese mediums. 

It is also a design seen on Luffy’s current Devil Fruit, Gomu Gomu no Mi. 

As the Egghead arc is heading towards its conclusion in the manga and Luffy and the Straw Hats are heading towards Elbaf island, fans can only imagine what Oda has in store for them. The excitement is brimming right up at the surface and we can’t wait to see what GODA has been cooking!

About One Piece:

One Piece manga series written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda.

It has been serialized in Shueisha’s shōnen manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump since July 1997, with its individual chapters compiled into 108 tankōbon volumes as of March 2024.

The manga spawned a media franchise, having been adapted into a festival film by Production I.G. and an anime series by Toei Animation, which began broadcasting in 1999.

Additionally, Toei has developed fourteen animated feature films, one original video animation, and thirteen television specials.

The latest entry in the franchise, One Piece Film Red, premiered in Japan in August 2022.

It is the 8th highest-earning film of all time in Japan and also topped Japan’s box office for the year 2022 in terms of both yen earned and tickets sold.

One Piece Anime Synopsis:

The tale of One Piece takes place on a parallel Earth when the ‘Golden Age of Pirates’ is in full swing.

The seas are ruled by ruthless pirates, and only the strongest can claim the legendary ‘One Piece’ fortune left behind by the greatest pirate of them, Gol D. Roger.

Years after Gol D. Roger’s death, Monkey D. Luffy dreams of establishing his own crew, locating One Piece, and becoming the Pirate King.

Luffy has incredible strength and agility after eating a devil’s fruit that turns his body into rubber.

He leaves Foosha Village in East Blue on his epic expedition to become the next Pirate King.

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