Eiichiro Oda's Recent Interview with ChinaTimes (COMPLETE!)

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  1. kazuko.i

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    Eiichiro Oda's Recent Interview with ChinaTimes (COMPLETE!)
    (Source: ChinaTimes / Translation: rio poneglyph from the http://opforum.net)​

    After hearing the journalist's guess about One Piece's ending that 'One Piece = Won Peace', meaning the treasure Luffy will finally find is world peace, Oda smiled and said "Indeed, the name of One Piece does have something to do with the ending of One Piece, but I can't tell you the exact reason/clue, or it'd be meaningless."

    Later, he said "After 17 years, after more and more new characters being created in the story, I couldn't stop inspiration coming into my head. I think I can continue drawing for another decade." - He also says that more members will join the Straw Hats! "And there will be new nakama, they will show up successively."

    When talking about the creation and setting of Devil Fruit, Oda said it's inspired by Doraemon, all the inspirations come from daily life. E.g. Luffy's Gomu Gomu no Mi was created because I (Oda) was too lazy to move out of my seat to get something, it'd be great if I could elongate my arm. Oda also said he wants Robin's Hana Hana no Mi the most because he then could have many hands drawing at the same time. Besides, some of the devil fruits are relevant to some of the most desired wishes from some people in real life. Example: Alvida's Sube Sube no Mi, that among its powers, changed completely Alvida's appearance.

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    Before One Piece was first serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump, Oda had experienced a bottleneck-period of manga creation, that period once made him so sad and disappointed that he couldn't even get off bed.

    He says while smiling that after One Piece has been created, 'inspiration never stopped coming', but before that, he also had low tide in his career. "At that time, any work I submitted had always been denied and unaccepted, I felt so anxious and pressured with no achievement when I found my fellow mangakas started publishing their mangas in weekly magazines, I thought I didn't have any talent of drawing."

    Until there's this editor who told him "A hard-working person like you will get what you deserve!" - Then Oda gradually relieved those downhearted feelings and conceptualized One Piece, which amazed everyone with this single brilliant feat in manga world.

    Nowadays, One Piece has become Japan's national manga with vast diehard fans. In his entire 20 years of career, he keeps drawing almost every day even when he was hospitalized resulting from over-working. When talking about manga, he still seems to be very happy, "Manga is nothing like a job, I'm always very pleased as long as I'm drawing."

    Oda frankly says "As I'm getting older, I've slightly adjusted my sleep time. I go to bed at 8 (morning) and wake up at 12 (noon), making sure that I have 4 hours of sleep. Don't need to worry about my health, it's all fine now."

    Oda is really kind when his wife has been mentioned in the interview. When asked about how Oda treats his wife, he says with honesty "Hmm, I'm on my own in work, but I indeed listen a lot to my wife in daily life."

    For his beloved manga, Oda often works day and night, he doesn't even have time for relaxation or travel, when asked about why his wife could accept a marriage like this, Oda replies with confidence "Oh, that's right, but if she couldn't accept the busy me, she wouldn't have married me!"

    Oda decides to put the inspirations that he got in Taiwan into manga.

    On the very day of interview, Oda dresses in t-shirt and jeans. His appearance is no different compared to what he was like two decades ago, only one thing different is the stylish mustache on his face.

    "Ah, if I'm gonna describe myself, I'd say I'm a super nice person!" - Oda says with a big laugh. Actually, readers will like him when reading and then liking his manga. "Because my manga reflects myself, for example, Luffy likes eating meat, that's me."

    Due to the lack of time traveling abroad, Oda reveals that all the dreamlike kingdoms and fantasy scenes are inspired by books and images. He always talks to editors about plots and scenes.

    As for this exhibition, the concept of making manga three-dimensional is what Oda cares the most. "I don't like, in exhibition, the walls were simply hung with artworks. It's like visiting a museum, which is very boring. I want the audience to be happy when they come to the exhibition and blend into manga scenes."

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    Source: ChinaTimes
    Translation: rio poneglyph from the http://opforum.net

    More Interviews with Eiichiro Oda:
     
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    hehe.....thats a lengthy one....but ...well...its worth reading.....:D

    and....damn.....he's adjusted his sleeping time to 4 hours..!! ..:confused: and thats sufficient..? ...Mann....thats way too much work.... well...thats our Oda for ya....cant be helped with this huge Fan Base...:P ....

    and....he said there's gonna be more members to join SH crew...hehe....sounds interesting...:D ..

    way to go ODA - SAN.....
     
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    He slept even less before the adjustment, it was about 2-3 hrs.
     
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    Super interesting interview. Oda is such a fantastic person, I'm happy to be part of this forum which is dedicated to his work. Finally he says in a recent interview that more members will join the straw hats, a lot were people were speculating that the crew was already complete.

    Thank you rio for the translation! :smile:
     
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    yeah...that lack of sleep itself can make a lota damage to his health....*sob...*sob...oda - san...he worked so hard for us..
     
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    I still think the crew is complete:P (with jinbe maybe)
     
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    Given Oda's wording 'successively', one after another, so at least 2 new nakamas.
    11 people can be a soccer team that Oda likes so much.
     
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    maybe,
    the amount of members on the ship are adequate imo and there are no positions left that I can think of

    wait a min how do u know so much about Oda:P
     
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    Believe in Oda's imagination. :D

    Not that much really...
     
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    hai hai:D

    thats a bit of an understatement:P
     
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    From Heishi Yoshihisa, WSJ's current chief editor:

    ''Oda has a very good assistant team of 8-10 people, he usually spends 4 days doing NAME (NAME means outline and storyboard), two days of which spent in discussion with editors and modification afterwards. It normally takes 3 days to finish drawing the whole chapter. And Oda is a friendly mangaka, he always takes new editor's opinion into consideration seriously and adjusts what could be better.''
     
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    He secretly IS Oda :ninja: :giggle::giggle:
     
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    TOOOTALLY ABSOLUTELY TERRIFICALY WITHOUT A HINT OF DOUBT OR SKEPTICISM OR ANYTHING ELSE.. CANT THINK OF ANY OTHER WORD HERE SO...

    Yeah... he definitely is one of Oda's assitants... I just know it xP
    So guys! be good friends with him..! who knows we might get a few more spoilers! :giggle::giggle:
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    and YES!!! FINALLY news straight from ODA himself!!! More nakama!!! woooo!!!!! :D:D:D:D
     
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    One Piece = Won Peace : CONFIRMED
     
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    Haha, nice one. :giggle:
     
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    Thanks for the translation, @[rio poneglyph] :)

    I wish there was a image of Oda with his new moustache :D

    @[lucci] Come on, we are talking about Luffy here...he chose Chopper coz of his cool transformation power xD
    Logic usually doesn't matters in luffy's case....
     
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    guess so:P
    he asked a drunk tree to join his crew:P
     
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    Its hard to say...because everyone has a meaning in every lower number (1-100) and numerologically speaking every number has a deep meaning yet again.
    By this i think its safe to assume that Mugiwara crew will consist of +10 members, that being 11,12 or 20 is a whole different ball-game.

    I'm glad that he adjusted his sleeping up to 4hours instead of 2-3 or 0 sometimes... tho i wouldn't mind if he sleep additional 2 hours more.

    10 more years...well.. i wont even say it...its GREAT :)

    ODA YOU HAVE MY LIFE-LASTING
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    From Kohei Ohnishi, OP's editor:

    ''When Oda's thinking about the story (plot), he'll stay in a locked room and keep thinking in front of his desk alone. He basically eats nothing or even doesnt sleep during that time. Just thinking quietly. He once hadnt slept in 4 or 5 days many yrs ago, even recently, he sometimes doesnt sleep in 2 days. It's common that I always spent tens of hrs talking to Oda on the phone, especially when discussing about OP's serialization and film at the same time. I respect him a great deal, he's never been idle and incredibly hard-working, a super sugoi man. Oda's always glad to read readers' letters and takes that time as relaxation. Oda has physically come to Taiwan and done quite a lot research of buildings, food and culture, I suppose there's a possibility that he'll use those materials later in the manga.''
     
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    The more you know the more you respect.
    Respect for the man is a Non decreasing function. ;)
     

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