One Piece’s popularity as a series and for each of its characters differs from region to country, despite the fact that it is an internationally acclaimed series.This is understandable, given that different cultures and areas have a stronger affinity for particular One Piece characters than others. Certain One Piece characters appear to elicit extremely distinct reactions in the United States and Japan, in particular. Some can be traced to the characters themselves, as well as the principles and personalities on which they are founded. Other variations in popularity can be attributed to cultural differences.
Here are five One Piece characters who are more well-known in Japan and five in the United States.
Monkey D. Luffy has become one of the most widely famous and admired heroes in all of fiction as a result of his adventures in One Piece. His own country of Japan, on the other hand, appears to be where he is most popular. In Japanese popularity polls, he consistently ranks first. Like Goku from Dragon Ball, his character is definitely influenced by the Sun Wukong legend. His appeal in eastern countries is bolstered by the fact that he is influenced by a prominent Asian tale.
As a samurai, Zoro is far more well-known within Japan’s boundaries than outside. His samurai manner, style, and approach are very comparable to those of feudal Japan’s samurai. Beyond that, his comedic moments combined with his iconic, leader-like moments give him a do-it-all persona among Japanese admirers. His popularity is bolstered by the fact that he frequently ranks second in national popularity polls.
Nami is considered by many Japanese fans to be one of the most important additions to the Straw Hat team. Her appearance in early One Piece endeared her to Japanese fans, cementing her place as one of the best characters in their opinion. In popularity polls, she is almost always in the top five, usually in third place.
All of this contributes to her greatness in the eyes of the series’ Japanese fans.
One of the main reasons for Nico Robin’s appeal among Japanese fans is the Russian influence on her overall character design. The two countries are hauntingly similar, with Japan’s indigenous Ainu people serving as a genetic link between the two groups. Robin’s presence in the novel serves as a reminder of Japan’s real-life cultures. This level of realism endears characters to fans and serves as a reminder of their real life.
Finally, Kaido’s appearance and encapsulation of numerous classical Japanese and Chinese mythology is a huge draw for Japanese fans. His Devil Fruit, which embodies the Chinese tale of the Golden Koi Fish, is at the top of the list. Aside from that, his character design is reminiscent of an oni, a Japanese folklore and mythology ogre/demon. It’s no surprise that Japanese fans adore One Piece’s latest nemesis, given his residence in Wano, which is filled with parallels to Japan.
Franky’s character and persona are modelled on the American lifestyle, as shown in One Piece, further appealing him to American fans of the series. His cola addiction, preferred food of cheeseburgers, and over-the-top manner and sayings all endear him to American admirers. Furthermore, the fact that he is relatively handy endears him to American admirers who take pride in similar qualities of their own characters.
Usopp, likewise, is adept in a variety of carpentry-related fields, which endears him to One Piece fans in the United States. For American followers, his continual bluffing and lies are hilarious, yet for some Japanese supporters, it is offensive due to cultural differences. Finally, his general manner and desire to be strong while still being afraid seems to resonate particularly well with American fans.
In the viewpoint of American One Piece fans, Sanji’s often overwhelming infatuation with women appears to be an appealing feature. This is due to the fact that it pairs his courteous, chivalrous side with his heroic side, which viewers can see throughout the series. Finally, considering that American television is always swamped with cooking shows of all kinds, his being a chef is likely to stimulate the attention of American fans in him as a character.
The character design of Tony-Tony Chopper is one of the most charming aspects of American One Piece fans. His work as a doctor also contributes to this, as the medical profession is one of the most well-respected in the country. Finally, his childlike enjoyment of cotton candy and sweets resonates with Americans, who consume eight pounds of candy per year on average.
Last but not least, Blackbeard appears to be far more popular in the United States than in his own Japan. As evidenced with Donquixote Doflamingo during the Dressrosa arc, American One Piece fans appreciate antagonists more than their Japanese counterparts. His enigmatic past, nature, intentions, aims, and objectives attract him to American admirers, who prefer a fascinating villain to a villain.