One Piece is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. It has been serialized in Weekly Sh??nen Jump since July 19, 1997; the individual chapters are being published in tank??bon volumes by Shueisha, with the first released on December 24, 1997, and the 76th volume released as of December 2014. One Piece follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy, a young man whose body gains the properties of rubber after unintentionally eating a Devil Fruit, and his diverse crew of pirates, named the Straw Hat Pirates. Luffy explores the ocean in search of the world's ultimate treasure known as "One Piece" in order to become the next Pirate King.