A good shonen story is always made better with samurai and katana; in the case of One Piece, the “coolness factor” goes up with every new sword Zoro holds.
However, the tale of the One Piece samurai whose sword Zoro carries might just be one of the most anti-climatic stories ever. Eiichiro Oda’s manga titled “Monster” was one of the short stories he wrote before striking One Piece.
This short story of the vagabond samurai is set to leave you in splits!
Eiichiro Oda’s short story “Monster” is set to be adapted into an audio manga. The two-part video will be released on 7th and 11th September respectively through the official Weekly Shonen Jump Youtube channel.
Though the project’s cast has not been announced, it is rumored to have a fantastic voice cast, and who is better at this job than our Straw Hats! (pray it’s true)
Though it leans towards comedy, the short manga has some intense character development through the brief interactions. In addition, the art style and the narrative are undoubtedly similar to the One Piece that we love today.
The story follows a perpetually broke and perpetually starving Ryuma (yes, the same Ryuma from One Piece!), who stumbles into a town begging for food. After he is shown some sympathy by a waitress named “Flare,” he proclaims he is forever in her debt.
Ryuma soon announces his dream to fight the “King” and becomes the greatest swordsman of all time. However, the town is attacked by a dragon, and in hopes of repaying his debt to Flare, he slays the dragon.
As he walks into the sunset, the townsfolk deduce that Ryuma is the “King,” but since the title was given to him by the people he saved, he remains oblivious to it.
The short story was part of the volume compilation titled “Wanted,” which has mangaka Eiichiro Oda’s pre-One Piece work.
The manga is undoubtedly a must-read for Zoro and One Piece fans alike, as it gives character to Ryuma, who was brought back as a Zombie in the anime and played a considerable role in the story of Zoro.
So, grab yourself a copy if you can!
About One Piece
One Piece is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. It has been serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine since July 22, 1997.
The man who had acquired everything in this world, the Pirate King, is Gol D. Roger. The final words he said at the execution tower were “My treasures? If you want it, I’ll let you have it. Look for it; I left all of it at that place.” These words sent many to the seas, chasing their dreams, headed toward the Grand Line, in search of One Piece. Thus began a new age!
Seeking to be the greatest pirate in the world, young Monkey D. Luffy also heads toward the Grand Line in search of One Piece. His diverse crew is joining him along the way, consisting of a swordsman, marksman, navigator, cook, doctor, archaeologist, and cyborg-shipwright, this will be one memorable adventure.
Source: One Piece WebsiteOriginally Written By Epic Dope