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Wanted! is a collection of short stories written by a teenage Eiichiro Oda long before his work with One Piece. Some elements of these stories were later re-used by Oda in his later work. The five stories are:

  • "Wanted!": Gill Bastar is an extremely skilled gunslinger who has killed a lot of men, all of them in self-defense, and now has to deal with the ghost of a vengeful bounty hunter who needs him dead.
  • "God's Present to the Future": Bran is a skilled pickpocket, so incorrigible that God himself decided to kill him by dropping a meteor on him. But he writes down the name of a large shopping mall instead. So it's up to Bran to prevent a disaster and find a solution.
  • "Demon's Night Parade": The young monk Guko is looking for his master, a wise and powerful demon-hunting monk. However, he's asked by the people of a remote village to help them against the evil Cannibal Ghoul who's infesting the woods around the village.
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  • "Monsters": The young samurai Ryuuma aims to be the strongest swordsman in the land. He encounters the mysterious knight Cyrano and a legendary horn which can summon a dragon.
  • "Romance Dawn": A prototype of One Piece, where Monkey D. Luffy has to help the young girl Anne to save her pet bird, Baloon, from the wicked captain Spiel the Hexagon.

Wanted! provides examples of:

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    "God's Present to the Future" 
  • Artifact of Doom: The Notebook of Doom is owned by God himself and temporary lend to Bran. Whatever is written on it with the Pen of Doom will happen. It can be nullified only by the Eraser of Doom.
  • Badass Normal: Bran. Seriously, he managed to pickpocket GOD himself!
  • Did You Just Scam Cthulhu?: Bran steals the Pen of Doom from God and rewrites himself a happy ending.
  • Graceful Loser: God just shrugs and smiles after seeing that Bran did save everyone from the Meteor by pickpocketing Him.
  • Urban Fantasy: Unlike its fellow stories, this story takes place in modern-day Japan; it may well be the only thing Oda has written to take place in contemporary times.
  • Yakuza: Bran, at one point, come across some yakuza guys walking down the street, from whom he pickpockets a pistol he'll use later. They're depicted in a stereotypical way, one of them even has a bokuto (wooden sword) across the shoulder.

    "Demon's Night Parade" 
  • Kick the Dog: The Cannibal reveals that he killed and ate Guko's master, Koshin, after he tried to reason with him and states that he wasn't much of a meal anyway.

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: Ryuuma's sword can slice bronze statues in half.
  • Actually, I Am Him: Inverted. Ryuuma expresses the desire to meet and duel the "swordsman king" who is said to be the greatest swordsman in the world. After he saves the town from a dragon and leaves, one of the residents remembers that Ryuuma himself has been called the swordsman king by the various people he has saved.
  • Badass Unintentional: Ryuuma seeks to become a great swordsman and fight the 'King', who is considered the strongest warrior in the world. Thing is, Ryumma IS the 'King', unknowingly given the nickname by all the people he's saved in his quest to be the best.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Cyrano.
  • Break the Cutie: Flare breaks down when Cyrano, the man she viewed as her hero for years, was actually the one who destroyed her hometown and killed her father and everyone else in the village, directly or not. What made it even worse is that Cyrano was laughing about the whole thing. She tried to hold her tears, but eventually broke down and cried.
  • Canon Immigrant: Ryuuma reappears as a resurrected zombie in the Thriller Bark story arc of One Piece, where he clashes with Roronoa Zoro.
  • Composite Character: Ryuuma is part Luffy, part Zoro.

    "Romance Dawn" 
  • Bad Boss: Spiel burn alive on of his members for losing to Anne.
  • Berserk Button: Don't talk loudly about Spiel's head shape...
  • Drop the Hammer: Spiel hides a large hammer in his broom.
  • Evil Sorcerer: Spiel, who apparently uses "magic" and can fly on a broomstick.
  • Playing with Fire: Spiel.
  • Rubber Man: Luffy, of course. In this continuity is because of the fruit of the Gum Gum Tree, which grows once every 100 years.

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Alternative Title(s): One Piece Wanted


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