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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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    Oda Told A Terminally Ill Child About The Series' Finale

    The end of One Piece is a closely guarded secret, but Oda did reveal the details to one young fan, Hinati Fujinami. After months of treatment for his lung cancer, Make-a-Wish Japan offered to grant a request. Fujinami wanted to know how his favorite manga, One Piece, would end. 

    Oda was happy to fulfil Fujinami's request. Whatever he said to the boy made him quite happy. Though he was asked not to reveal the ending, he did say that "One Piece is beautiful." 

    Sadly, Fujinami passed away in 2014. Hopefully, having his final wish granted made his passing a little easier.

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    Oda Doesn't Take Suggestions

    After a fan wrote in with a suggestion for a Devil Fruit, Oda didn't just reject the idea. He took things one step further by clarifying that in general, he doesn't like to take suggestions from anyone. Instead, he wants to succeed or fail by his own merits. 

    "...right, I don't ask for suggestions. And I won't. I don't need them. This might sound a bit cold, but I don't want other people's ideas... The editors and people at Jump sometimes change, but every time there is a new one, the first thing I tell them is to not give me suggestions. I want to have the confidence to say that I thought up all the people and the entire story by myself! If I rely on people once, I might keep doing it, and if it's a failure, I'll blame it on them. But if I succeed, it's because of my own ability, and if I fail, it's my own fault. I like that. Although I might want ideas on things that have nothing to do with the main story... Like the covers with Straw Hats and animals. I'd love to get ideas for those. If you write "I'd like to see this animal and this person do something" on a scrap of paper for me, I'd love to draw that!"

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    Oda Is In The Guinness Book Of World Records

    It's no secret that One Piece is a long series with a ton of material - but did you know that it's been honored by the Guinness Book Of World Records? In 2015, he won in the following category: most copies published for the same comic book series by a single author. That year, it was up to 320,866,000 units. In 2021, that number rose to 480 million. 

    He also holds another record: most copies published for the same manga series.

    Oda expressed his feelings about the acknowledgment:

    “Thank you for the Guinness World Records recognition … I will never forget the gratitude I feel toward the pioneers and supporters of the manga world, as well as my readers, and would like to continue creating work that wouldn’t shame this record.”

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    Which Character Is The Hardest To Draw?

    A fan wrote in to SBS to ask Oda which of his characters he found the most difficult to draw. He responded with an in-depth answer that reveals some interesting things about his artistic process: 

    "Let's see--. Franky Shogun is a pretty big pain in the ass to draw. I love designing robots and all, but redrawing them over and over isn't really a forte of mine. But that's robot talk. If we were to talk about just humans, I'd say women take longer to draw than men for me. Especially black-haired women. For black hair, there's this process called "tsuya-beta" (negative drawing). It's a real bugger having to color in with a brush pen whilst keeping the negatives, or the gloss, in the hair. With that said, my answer is Hancock. Knowing she had to look like the most beautiful woman in the world was the toughest part of all."

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