One Piece is now the most popular manga and anime in Taiwan. In Taiwan, both manga and anime use the Chinese name 「航海王」 ("King of Navigation") (old name: 海賊王，"King of pirates").
One Piece was first introduced as "海賊王" in 1997 by Da Ran Culture (大然文化), serialization in weekly magazine called 熱門少年TOP. However, as bankruptcy of Da Ran Culture in 2004, manga licence switched to Tong Li Publishing (東立出版社) now, as well as name changed into "航海王". Tong Li Publishing also has weekly magazine called Taiwan Junior Magazine (寶島少年) which One Piece continue serialization in. However, some fans does not accept this title change, and would rather called One Piece as 海賊王.
In 1999, MUSE Communication (木棉花國際) firstly published anime DVD. All episodes are uncensored sub. DVD episodes published until Impel Down Arc, special episodes DVD are published until Episode Special 4, and One Piece Movies published until The Giant Mechanical Soldier of Karakuri Castle. From Impel Down Arc, MUSE Communication are no longer published any anime DVD, special episodes as well. One Piece Movies DVD however, are lisenced and published by other companies later on.
The Taiwanese Dub of One Piece began to air on TTV (台灣電視公司) around 2005. TTV dub on early days is uncensored. However, due to public concern about smoking, TTV contained mosaic on smoking screen in 2009. Taiwanese Dub also aired in Star Chinese Channel(衛視中文台). Taiwanese Dub is usually very close to the Japanese version (usually 5 or so episodes away from the current Japanese episode). The special crossover episodes 492, 542 and 590 were skipped. All of the movies have been dubbed in Taiwanese as well.
Voice Actors Edit
Main voice actors of Taiwanese dub are Joy Chan(詹雅菁), Song Ke Jun(宋克軍), Maggie Hsu(許淑嬪), Clement Fu(符爽), and Sun Chung Tai(孫中台).
|Characters||TTV Voice Actors|
|Monkey D. Luffy||Joy Chan|
|Roronoa Zoro||Song Ke Jun|
|Sanji||Sun Chung Tai|
|Tony Tony Chopper||Joy Chan|
|Nico Robin||Maggie Hsu|
|Brook||Song Ke Jun|
|Jinbe||Song Ke Jun|
|Narrator||Sun Chung Tai|
- Taiwan Junior Magazine
- TTV's website for One Piece
- One Piece on the Chinese Wikipedia.
- One Piece Wiki Chinese, the Chinese wiki on One Piece.