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One Piece Sanji - Chef, Martial Artist, and Straw Hat Pirate

Sanji is a character from One Piece (stylized as ONE PIECE), an action-adventure fantasy manga series written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. "Black Leg" Sanji, born as Vinsmoke Sanji, is the cook of the Straw Hat Pirates, as well as the former sous chef of the Baratie. He is also the third son and fourth child of the Vinsmoke Family, thus making him a prince of the Germa Kingdom, until he officially disowned them twice. Despite Sanji renouncing his surname Vinsmoke, the World Government labels it as part of his name on his wanted poster. He is officially the fifth member of the crew and the fourth to join, doing so at the end of the Baratie Arc. Since he was born in North Blue, he is the first Straw Hat not to originate from East Blue. In the Japanese anime television series, he is voiced by Hiroaki Hirata. In the 4Kids English adaptation, he is voiced by David Moo. In the Funimation English adaptation, his voice is supplied by Eric Vale.


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One Piece has been serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine since July 1997 and has also been collated into 88 standalone volumes. The manga has been adapted into an original video animation (OVA), produced by Production I.G in 1998, and an anime series produced by Toei Animation which began broadcasting in Japan in 1999. One Piece's story follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy, a boy whose body gained the properties of rubber after he unintentionally ate a Gum-Gum Devil Fruit. With his crew of Straw Hat Pirates, Luffy explores the Grand Line in search of the world's ultimate treasure known as One Piece, in order to become the next Pirate King. With strong themes emphasizing the importance of friendship and following one's dreams, One Piece also dares to tackle heavier topics such as war and power. Mixing comic adventures with true heroism, One Piece has received praise for its storytelling, art, character development, and humor. Several volumes of the manga have broken publishing records, including the highest initial print run of any book in Japan.

Once a prince of Germa Kingdom, Vinsmoke Sanji was routinely picked on by his genetically enhanced siblings and was locked away by his father Judge for being a disgrace. With help from his sister and ultimately his father's permission, he escaped and fled the kingdom after it entered the East Blue. While serving as an apprentice cook on a passenger ship, nine-year-old Sanji stands up to a boarding party of pirates led by the infamous "Red Foot" Zeff. During the encounter, Sanji is swept into the sea by a massive wave. Zeff jumps in after him because of their common dream of finding the All Blue, a legendary sea where East Blue, West Blue, North Blue, and South Blue meet that contains every kind of fish in the world.

While castaways together, the pirate saves Sanji's life yet again by giving him all of their food. After their eventual rescue, Sanji stays with Zeff for several years and helps him build a floating restaurant, the Baratie. Zeff in turn makes him a first-rate cook and teaches him his kick-based fighting style. Mirroring Zeff, Sanji will never refuse a starving person a meal. When fighting, he only uses his legs as a means to protect the hands he needs to cook. He also develops an unusual weakness for women and makes it a principle never to harm one, even if it means his death. Eventually, he becomes infamous under the name "Black Leg" Sanji. While training for a period of two years in Emporio Ivankov's Kamabakka Queendom, he develops the Sky Walk. The Sky Walk is a variant of the Six Powers technique Moonwalk which allows him to essentially run through air. Sanji is one of the top four fighters in the crew alongside Luffy, Zoro, and Jinbe. Due to the events on Whole Cake Island, his current bounty is 330,000,000, giving him the third-highest bounty in the crew after Luffy and Jinbe.