Monkey D. Luffy (ã¢ã³ãã¼ã»Dã»ã«ãã£, MonkÄ« DÄ« Rufi) is the primary protagonist of the One Piece series. At age seven, he admires and tries to join the pirates of the "Red Haired" Shanks. Ridiculed and rejected, he inadvertently eats their treasure, the Paramecia-type Gum-Gum Fruit (ã´ã ã´ã ã®å®, Gomu Gomu no Mi), which gives his body the properties of rubber. His reckless efforts ultimately lead him into grave peril causing Shanks to lose an arm while rescuing him. After this, Luffy gives up on joining Shanks, resolving instead to start a crew of his own and become King of the Pirates. [ch. 1] Displeased by Shanks spoiling his grandson, Garp takes Luffy to be raised by Curly Dadan and her mountain bandits, who he strong-arms into taking him in. During Luffy's time there, he becomes a sworn brother with Garp's other ward Ace, and local runaway noble Sabo. [ch. 582â589] Ten years later, and still wearing Shanks' treasured head covering, Luffy forms and captains his own pirate crew called The Straw Hat Pirates and sets sail for the Grand Line, quickly gaining infamy as "Straw Hat" Luffy (éº¦ããã®ã«ãã£, Mugiwara no Rufi). [ch. 2, 7, 96, 98] Eventually, after his strength proves insufficient to save Ace from execution, he spends two years on a secluded island learning the use of the three colors of Haki as well as Gear Fourth from Silvers Rayleigh, before heading to the New World. [ch. 590â602] Luffy is voiced by Mayumi Tanaka.
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