Just like every year, fans of One Piece all over the world have rallied on May 5 to celebrate Luffy Day, the birthday of the future Pirate King.
May 5 marks the birthday of Monkey D. Luffy, the protagonist of the best-selling manga of all time, One Piece. Just like every year, fans all over the world have rallied to celebrate the birthday of the future Pirate King Luffy, sharing their love for the character on social media.
Eiichiro Oda, the creator of One Piece, has assigned birthdays to the majority of his characters, mostly because of the requests of fans who want to know everything about their beloved heroes. In Japan, May 5 is a holiday called Children’s Day, a celebration that dates back more than one thousand years and is used to express respect for children’s personalities and wish them happiness. It is very fitting that Oda chose this as Luffy’s birthday, as his character has captured the imagination of hundreds of thousands of children, bringing happiness to their lives.
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The best way to celebrate a birthday is to eat some delicious cake, of course, and fans of One Piece can now buy an official one that looks exactly like the Gomu Gomu no Mi Devil Fruit eaten by Luffy, such as this one shared on Twitter by Eiichiro Oda’s official account. Of course, true fans know that this Devil Fruit was actually hiding a big secret, recently revealed in the manga.
ケーキジェーピーさんとのコラボケーキで #ルフィ誕生祭2022 をお祝いしよう🎂
— ONE PIECE スタッフ【公式】/ Official (@Eiichiro_Staff) May 5, 2022
One of the best tributes for Luffy this year came from Netflix, where the One Piece live-action series will debut soon. Through the official account of the show, the actor who will play Luffy, Iñaki Godoy, shared a beautiful message, asking fans to post a video explaining what their dreams are. The Straw Hat captain is all about his dream of becoming the Pirate King, and his determination and commitment have surely inspired fans worldwide to reach for their own dreams.
Another “official” tribute came from the Toei Animation account, which shared a still shot of a smiling Luffy from the acclaimed episode 1015 of the anime that recently aired. That episode adapts that landmark 1,000th chapter of the manga, in which Luffy makes his stand against the two Yonko, Kaido and Big Mom, boldly declaring that he will surpass them both and achieve his dream to be the next Pirate King.
Another great tribute was shared by the official One Piece Twitter account, with a video accompanied by a message from Luffy’s Japanese voice actress, the talented Mayumi Tanaka.
Besides the official sources, however, it is also very inspiring to see the tributes that fans worldwide wanted to give to their beloved Luffy. Searching for #luffysbrithday or #luffyweek2022 on Twitter turns out some beautiful fan art, such as the ones below (all credits go to the authors).
It is just amazing to see that there are fans of One Piece who were not even born when the manga debuted in 1997, but are celebrating Luffy’s birthday around the world because they feel part of a beautiful, always-growing community.
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