One Piece Red: Grand Characters (ワンピース レッド グランド キャラクターズ Wan Pīsu Reddo Gurando Kyarakutāzu?) is the first databook in the series. It was released on January 5, 2002 and follows the series from volume 1-21.
It focuses on each member of the Straw Hat Pirates and describes their personality, their past, and their convictions. It also gives information about each pirate crew or enemy encountered and also all the Marine officers encountered so far. The book then concludes with the complete Cover Story of Buggy’s Crew: After the Battle!and the first version of Romance Dawn. It also includes some colored artworks on the first pages and a personality test.
- Luffy’s belief, Luffy would say farewell to the straw hat when it’s either that Luffy becomes the pirate king or Luffy dies, it must be one or the other.
- Shanks’ swordmanship is at the top level, Mihawk is the No.1 swordman.
- Benn.Beckman is the vice-captain of Shanks’ pirates.
(this also stated in all the other databooks.)