Eiichiro Oda 尾田 栄一郎 is a Japanese manga artist, famous for being the creator of the popular manga and anime One Piece ワンピース.
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From winning the Tezuka Award for his work Wanted!, to working as an assistant on Rurouni Kenshinunder Nobuhiro Watsuki, Oda went on to create Romance Dawn where he took Monkey D. Luffy from to create the insanely popular manga One Piece.
One Piece is the definitive work of Oda. Whilst it may look a bit strange to outsiders, it shines through with the variety of interesting and brilliantly designed characters that serve as a cast on One Piece, not to mention the in-depth plot filled with political and social issues under its surface.
One Piece revolves around a time which is called “The Golden Age of Pirates” where a famous pirate Gol D. Roger (just below) had previously found the legendary treasure “One Piece” in the renowned ocean “The Grand Line”, telling everyone that it truly existed as he was being publicly executed. The plot follows Monkey D. Luffy and his crew the “Straw Hat Pirates” on their adventures to find One Piece.
Both the manga and anime are incredibly popular in Japan and worldwide. The One Piece manga is filled with impressive drawings of characters and places, with the chosen order of images to narrate the story always providing a lot of insight and interest into the plot. The One Piece anime is sometimes prone to long filler arcs, which can be annoying, and a lot of animation time is spent on stills and mouth movements rather than animation; but this is more than made up for by the excellent voice acting (from the Japanese version at least), music and fight scenes that bring that little bit extra to the experience of One Piece.
The world of One Piece has its special characteristics, it introduces special powers granted by eating a fruit called the “Devil Fruit”. There are many different types of Devil Fruit, and they imbue their host with a unique power. The weakness of a Devil Fruit user is that they can’t swim, so whilst it gives immense power, it leaves people who travel by sea such as pirates and marines with a big weakness. Another ability in One Piece, is Haki, which is seperated into 3 different forms and revolves around a person’s determination.
One of the most interesting parts of One Piece are all the battling factions that are involved in the plot: The World Government, Leaders of individual countries, The Marines, Pirates, The Revolutionaries, The 7 Warlords (strong pirates who have chosen to work for the government), Bandits, Fish-men, Criminal Organisations and The Yonkou (4 strongest pirate crews who dominate the Grand Line). All these different groups have their own agendas and outstanding characters in charge of them. What this does, is create a detailed world filled with intrigue.
List of Work
- God’s Present for the Future
- Itsuki Yakou
- Romance Dawn
- One Piece
- Dragon Ball x One Piece : Cross Epoch
One Piece Main Characters – Straw Hat Pirates
Monkey D Luffy モンキー･D･ルフィ
An incredibly determined character, very loyal to his friends, whenever anyone endangers them he gets really angry. He’s generally a fun-loving character though, he loves to eat meat and most of all enjoys his adventure with his nakama (meaning friends/comrades in Japanese). His dream is to find One Piece and live life as a pirate just like his idol Shanks. He ate the Gomu Gomu Fruit which has caused him to become a rubber-man. His body can stretch and he has increased defence against physical attacks.
Roronoa Zoro ロロノア・ゾロ
A more serious character who is intently pursuing his dream of being the greatest swordsman in the world. He likes to train with massive weights, sleep and he always gets lost. He uses a 3 sword style called Santoryu, and has incredible strength and determination to win.
Nami ナミ is the navigator of the crew and dreams of making a map of the world. She has extensive knowledge of the weather, and with a weapon that was made for her, can control the weather to fight others. She loves oranges, shopping and most of all, money.
Usopp ウソップ , aka Sogeking, is the long ranged fighter of the crew, he uses his slingshot combined with specially made pellets to fight, he also uses his special hammer sometimes. He has a confidence problem, and often feels inferior in strength to the rest of the crew, but he has found strength and determination from the crew’s adventures and wants to do his best to help, he often creates useful gadgets and helps out with fixing things.
Sanji サンジ is both the crew’s cook and one of their top fighters. He uses his feet to fight, and can heat them up to inflict devastating attacks. His major weakness is women, and he constantly fawns around beautiful girls. He’s a chain smoker and his dream is to find All-Blue, a special sea where all the world’s ocean currents meet, which allows you access to the best variety of seafood to cook.
Tony Tony Chopper トニートニー・チョッパー is a reindeer who ate the Hito Hito fruit, which has turned him into a human reindeer. He’s the ship’s doctor and has extensive chemistry knowledge, so much that he’s developed a pill to control his devil fruit to push him into different states. Whilst he is relatively powerful, he’s often downplayed as the crew’s pet because of his cute appearance in his normal state; however he can turn into a giant raging muscle-bound beast, but then he loses his consciousness.
Nico Robin ニコ・ロビン , aka Miss All Sunday, is an archaeologist, she ate the Hana Hana fruit, which gives her body the property of a flower; she is able to sprout extra body parts out onto any surface. She had a troubled history and doesn’t trust easily, however the friendship of the Straw Hat Pirates has given her peace and she dreams of finding the Final Poneglyph, an artifact which will explain the void century and reveal the truth behind the history that has created the current world situation. She likes to wear black clothing and heels, she’s very tall and elegant, one of the most savvy members of the crew.
Franky フランキー is a cyborg, with the front section of his body being metal; he’s the crew’s shipwright, and he dreams of seeing the ship he creates conquer the Grand Line. He has a crazy personality, and he refills himself with cola bottles that he keeps in a compartment inside his chest to power his metal body. He has modified much of his body into weaponry for combat.
Brook ブルック ate the Yomi Yomi fruit and this gave him the power to revive after he dies. However due to dying once, his body degraded and now he just has his skeleton left. He is the ship’s musician and also an experienced sword fighter. He’s perverted and always asks to see girl’s panties.
One Piece definitely deserves its popularity, and whilst it does cater to kids with named attacks being shouted out as they perform them and light hearted content a lot of the time, it still contains serious issues and heartbreaking moments. The amount of work put into creating a detailed world and set of characters and factions is one of the most commendable achievements as it creates a more exciting story.
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Pictures of Eiichiro Oda
Eiichiro Oda is married to Chiaki Inaba, who did a cosplay of Nami during a Jump Festa ジャンプフェスタ One Piece stage performance.
Eiichiro Oda’s Related Link
Wikipedia : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eiichiro_Oda
One Piece’s Related Links
One Piece Wiki : http://onepiece.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page
Wikipedia : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Piece
Watch One Piece : http://www.watchop.com/