Romance Dawn

One Shot
3.768 out of 5 from 583 votes
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Romance Dawn

Monkey D. Luffy is a wannabe pirate. One day his small dinghy encounters the Captain Gyari and Crescent Pirates, and after defeating them he disembarks into a quiet village to find some food. But when Gyari and his crewmates manage to escape from their bonds, they head into town with thoughts of revenge. Unfortunately, as Luffy chases after him, the villagers capture him thinking that he is the infamous Crescent Moon Gyari. Will Luffy indisposed and only one girl, Shiruku, willing to fight, it seems that the village is doomed…

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This is the original take on Luffy's story, basically mashing together the origin story in the opening chapter of One Piece along with the emphasis on non-monetary treasures found in the Buggy the Clown storyline. This version has a noticeably less interesting setup and world. The most glaring problem is the attempt to make a clear distinction between the good, adventuring pirates called "peace mains" and the bad, pillaging pirates called "morgania." And then making explicit the idea that Luffy is a good guy. It was the right call to take that distinction out and just have all pirates be called pirates, and have the readers realize that Luffy has different values because of feir actions rather than feir label. For some less glaring problems: this version has an antagonist, Crescent Moon Gyari, with no character appeal. While many of the villains in the early One Piece storylines aren't the greatest, they are still better than this guy. And this version also says that the devil fruits come from the Illusion Tree, but it's much better to just leave their origin a mystery. It's also awkward the way they try to fit Luffy's origin story into a condensed flashback. It was a much better decision to flesh out that story into a full chapter. Especially since fleshing it out allowed for Luffy's character to be developed more which then let me grow attached to fem, something which this one shot does a very bad job of doing. The giant shark is also a much less interesting sea monster than the giant eel they ended up using. Also, this one shot didn't have the ideas of the One Piece or the King of the Pirates. And while those ideas are admittedly a bit silly, they do provide a long term focus and clear direction to the storyline--creating a sense of cohesion and stability to Luffy's adventuring. And without that, in the type of world this manga is presenting, Luffy would have just been aimlessly adventuring. It would have been a lot less captivating. And then this version just jumps ahead to a bearded Luffy with an already full crew, implying that the meat of the story from that point on wouldn't have been showing feir journey of building a crew. And the journey's the whole fun of it.

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