When it comes to cartoon characters, there are few around these days that are more popular or better-known that Monkey D. Luffy. Also known as “Straw Hat Luffy” because he commands a group of pirates known as the “Straw Hat Pirates,” Monkey D. Luffy is actually a fictional character in the anime or manga animated TV series called One Piece.
The artist behind this clever and entertaining band of characters is Eiichiro Oda. In each episode, Monkey D. Luffy and his band of likable pirates continue on in their endless search for the “One Piece” which, when found, will allow Luffy to realize his life long dream which is to become the “King of the Pirates.”
It’s never an easy search, of course, and Luffy and his troop find adventure each and every week when they encounter other pirates … bounty hunters … criminal revolutionaries … secret agents … and soldiers of the World Government. Danger is everywhere, but the “Straw Hat Pirates” always manager to reach safety.
One reason may be that each pirate, in his or her own right, is a superhero and possesses amazing powers. Monkey D. Luffy, for example, made completely out of rubber and can stretch his body to do things that are beyond the capabilities of ordinary humans. Luffy became rubber when he consumed a “devil fruit” known as Gomu no Mi.
That fruit changed his life forever; made him immune to most weapons (they can’t penetrate his rubber body) and gave him the equivalent of superhero powers. In general, however, Luffy is known to be somewhat goofy and reckless … is likable … friendly … good-natured … and a good buddy to everybody. When danger lurks nearby, however, Luffy gets very serious.
Kids love Monkey D. Luffy for his name … for his personality … and for the adventures he has each week with the rugged and reliable “Straw Hat Pirates.” This cartoon group of animated characters is so popular, in fact, that they have appeared in full length feature films and in video games, as well.
The phenomenon known as Monkey D. Luffy and his ever-growing supporting cast continues to increase in popularity. There are more toys and games available all of the time that is associated with this “gang of pirates.” And kids and their parents are buying them up as they become available.
It’s probably fair to say that Monkey D. Luffy and the “Straw Hat Pirates” will be around for many more years. In fact, as long as there are always new groups of kids ready to watch – and adopt – a great animated character like Luffy, this animated series will remain very popular and its toys and games will continue to sell “by the carload.”
Look, kids like cartoons and cartoon characters. And Monkey D. Luffy, along with all of the other engaging “Straw Hat Pirates” is one of the best cartoon characters around today. He has a funny name … a funny personality … and kids (almost all kids) love him.