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15 Interesting Things You Didn't Know About One Piece

One Piece is one of the most well-known and bestselling manga and anime in the entire world - seriously, it's in the Guinness Book of World Records for selling so many copies. Whether you're only casually aware of it or a hardcore One Piece fan, there's always something new to learn about the series, its creator, and the series' impact on the world. With that, we're kicking off a list of things you didn't know about One Piece. 

Here's one detail that might be surprising. When the series debuted in 1997. Eiichiro Oda expected in to run for about five years. This clearly hasn't happened. In 2020, Oda said he hoped to end the series within another five years - we'll see if that pans out. The series actually goes back even further than 1997 - it began with a series of pilots called Romance Dawn, which were based on ideas Oda had while still in high school. In just about every chapter of the series, you can find an easter egg character named Pandman. 

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    Some Scenes Moved The Creator To Tears

    They say that when a creator is emotionally moved by their own work, chances are high that the readers will be too. A fan asked Oda if there were any scenes in his own manga that made him cry. He said that there were plenty, but zeroed in on one scene in particular. 

    "Personally, there really are lots of scenes that made me tear up as I drew them. There are even times where the drawing becomes so tough for me from all the feelings, that I have to leave my desk for a breather. As for the scene that made me cry the most, or rather, the scene that was especially tough for me to draw, I do remember that the scene from the Alabasta arc where Vivi keeps screaming "Please...!!! Stop fighting!!!" (Volume 23) was so hard to draw that I had to put my pen down. Though there are countless instances like this the more I try to recall. I guess it would have to be this one---."

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    It Was Only Going To Last For Five Years

    One Piece has been updating since 1997, or well over two decades in 2021. Depending on which Oda interview you go by, the story was about 65% - 70% finished in 2016. In 2020, Oda said that he hoped to end the story within five years.

    But it’s hard to say whether that will actually happen because when Oda first started One Piece, he used the same figure - five years.

    Originally, Oda planned to have the series revolve around defeating the Four Yonko, but then he thought of the Shichibukai, which greatly expanded the series. It's hard to believe that that was the intended timeline given the series' longevity, but hey, that's the creative process! 

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    Real Memorials Exist For Fallen Characters

    Sure, characters like Ace and Whitebeard aren't real, but fans still had real feelings when they lost their lives. One way to deal with those feelings is by visiting the real-world gravesites that were put up by Universal Studios Japan. Whitebeard's is especially large, owing to his massive size within the series itself. 

    According to a tip from /r/JapanTravel, these monuments are most likely to be available to the public in the summer, but there is no guarantee of them being displayed every year. 

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    Oda Approves Non-Canon Devil Fruit

    New Devil Fruit powers frequently appear in One Piece's filler arcs and movies. These Devil Fruits aren't Oda's idea, but they don't happen without his blessing. Oda explains the process: 

    "Basically, all that happens is that the anime's scriptwriters come up with powers that they want to use in the story, and I say "Yeah, that sounds good," or "No, sorry, I want to use that one in the future." That's all."

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