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Overview (2)

Born in Kumamoto, Japan
Nickname Oda-san

Mini Bio (1)

As a kid, Oda was inspired by vikings and aspired to become a manga artist. He later submitted a character named Pandaman for Yudetamago's classic wrestling manga "Kinnikuman", who was not only used in a chapter of the manga but would later return as a recurring cameo character in Oda's own works. At the age of 17, he submitted his work "Wanted!" in 1992. And won several awards, including 2nd place in the coveted Tezuka manga awards. At the age of 19, he worked as an assistant artist for Nobuhiro Watsuki on the manga "Rurouni Kenshin", before winning the Hop Step Award for new artists. During this time, he drew two pirate-themed one-shot stories, called "Romance Dawn". In 1997, One Piece appeared for the 1st time in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine issue #34 and promptly became one of the most popular manga in Japan (after the "Dragon Ball" series). His biggest influence is Akira Toriyama. Also known as the creator of "Dragon Ball" and "Dr. Slump". Him and Toriyama have also made a one-shot manga called "Cross Epoch", a crossover containing characters from both Dragon Ball and One Piece.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: J LeGault

Family (1)

Spouse Chiaki Inaba (? - ?)

Trade Mark (2)

Always includes atleast one or a group of characters with strange behaviors or habits.
[emotional outbursts] Always has atleast one character giving out an emotional outburst with eyes bulging out and mouth hanging down longer than normally.

Trivia (13)

Drawing animals is one of his major hobbies.
He is a huge fan of "Pirate Legos".
According to Oda in an interview for Shonen Jump, his favorite villain in One Piece is Buggy the Clown (he joked that he literally threw him together).
He is a fan of Mexican food.
One trait he is renowned for is inserting easter eggs in his One Piece manga for fans to spot. These include the characters Sam-San, Minatomo-San, Pandaman and the logo Doskoi Panda.
His favorite real pirate is Blackbeard (Edward Teach).
His 3 favorite movies are Seven Samurai, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Young Guns.
Formerly an assistant of Shinobu Kaitani & Masaya Tokuhiro.
He is married to Chiaki Inaba, who had played Nami during Jump Festa One Piece stage performances.
He originally planned the One Piece series to last for five years, and had already planned out the ending. But the story has continued far beyond his expectations, and its popularity has swelled to enormous proportions.
He is a fan of rapper Eminem, filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, and Tim Burton, which is reflected in his work (Enel/Eneru's design is an homage to Eminem, and Spandam's design is a possible homage to WWE wrestler Mankind).
Strangely, in a recent Japanese Fan Poll, he was ranked the 48th Most Popular Character in One Piece, despite the fact that he has never included himself in any issue of the manga.
Currently working with his comic "One Piece". [January 2006]

Personal Quotes (6)

(When asked about his feelings towards Akira Toriyama) He's like a god to me, of course. He is in a different dimension. More than anything else, his drawing skills are too good to be true!
When I was a child, I was drawing for fun and received praise for a picture. I became overblown with confidence and declared that I was going to become a manga artist. At that time, I wanted to become the best in drawing pictures. I believed that the person who draws best is the best manga artist.
That's why I think people who draw stories set in a contemporary world faced more challenges.
Five consecutive weeks is too much! Two straight weeks is enough for me.
The appearance of design doesn't need to have a practical use.
1000 Chapters! I, uh, wow...Words pretty much fail to describe the whirlwind these past 23 years have been. Literally half of my life has revolved around the almighty 'WEEKLY SERIALIZATION' hehe. But it's not just me, Luffy and the Strawhats have navigated themselves to so many different islands and found themselves caught up in so many adventures. At this point, even I'm not sure how many lives they've touched along the way! But it's thanks to them that so many special people have entered my own life; first and foremost among them being my family. All of these people have supported me through the years and I am deeply indebted to each of them. Meanwhile, my readers have been leading their own bustling lives. There's a certain theory that exists for long-term readership in the entertainment world that states, "A given pool of readers will rotate out of a series after five years." And so for a while now, I've avoided calling my readers, 'fans'. It's like they say, "Pride cometh before a fall." I convinced myself that I shouldn't get too full of myself because my readers would eventually leave the series and move on with their lives. Let me say that all of you have put me to shame for thinking such a thing. Your belief in Luffy has led me to believe in all of you, and that is what allows me to continue drawing exactly the kind of manga I want to draw. So here we are, ready to dip our toes into the final stages of the story. It's taken us a long time to reach one thousand chapters. However, it's because I've completed a thousand chapters that you must believe I'll take us to the end. The story waiting for you will defy expectations! I mean it! I have a favor to ask. This is for everyone with whom -by some means or another- I've managed to create a bond, in other words, the ONE PIECE FANS of the world! My story is a long one. But for just a while longer, please watch over Luffy and his crew as they continue their adventure! (January 2021 commemoration message)

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