The latest ONE PIECE chapter had a color spread featuring some of the best first mates from the series, and the official twitter shared the drawing process by Eiichiro Oda. While they aren’t all technically ‘first mates’, they are the number 2s of their respective organizations/pirate crews, and you can see the video below:
The official Twitter account for Shonen Jump also posted an image of the ONE PIECE illustration:
The featured characters are:
- Silvers Rayleigh – Roger Pirates
- Benn Beckman – Red Hair Pirates
- King – Beast Pirates
- Katakuri Charlotte – Big Mom Pirates
- Killer – Kid Pirates
- Marco Phoenix – Whitebeard Pirates
- Bepo – Heart Pirates
- Shiryu – Blackbeard Pirates
- Sabo – Revolutionary Army
- Zoro Roronoa – Straw Hat Pirates
We’ve seen the power of most of the above, though some first mates like Benn Beckman, Bepo, King (in the anime) and Shiryu are yet to get their spotlight. In addition about Shiryu, he used to command the 2nd ship in the Blackbeard Pirates. However, after Burgess, the commander of the 1st ship, failed to get Ace’s fruit, it seems like Shiryu was promoted to the first mate position.
You can watch One Piece on either Funimation or Crunchyroll, and Episode 999 will premiere next week on November 14, 2021. You can also catch up to the One Piece manga for free on either VIZ website or MANGA Plus.