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The East Blue Saga (“東の海” 編 "Īsuto Burū" Hen?) is the introductory saga of the series. Monkey D. Luffy meets Shanks as a young boy living in East Blue. This is where he recruits most of his crew and, ultimately, where the adventure begins. This saga is made up of six story arcs.
The saga starts off with a flashback of Gol D. Roger's execution. Before he dies, he tells the crowds to go out and search for his treasure. This sparked the Golden Age of Pirates in which countless pirates raise their flags and set off to find One Piece.
The East Blue Saga focuses mainly on Luffy setting off for the Grand Line and gathering crewmates. During the saga, Luffy gains four comrades: Zoro, Nami, Usopp, and Sanji and earns a bounty of 30,000,000.
- Romance Dawn Arc: (Manga: 1997) (Anime: 1999)
- Orange Town Arc: (Manga: 1997-1998) (Anime: 1999)
- Syrup Village Arc: (Manga: 1998) (Anime: 2000)
- Baratie Arc: (Manga: 1998-1999 (Anime: 2000)
- Arlong Park Arc: (Manga: 1999) (Anime: 2000)
- Loguetown Arc: (Manga: 1999) (Anime: 2000-2001)
- Warship Island Arc (2001)
- So far, this Saga contains the most arcs, with six.
- Unlike most of the other Sagas, the East Blue Saga has the least Devil Fruit antagonists, consisting of only Buggy, Alvida and Smoker, whereas the rest lack Devil Fruit abilities.