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Oda’s Comment
1 July 19, 1997 When I was in middle school, I decided that I would draw a pirate comic in JUMP. I’ll ignore the atrocities of historic facts and just draw a bunch of jolly pirates. ‘Cause hey, it’s summer. But what I really wonder is why JUMP uses a pirate mark. Why is that?
2 July 28, 1997 The morning sun as seen from my window at work is incredibly beautiful!! Seeing it the first thing in the morning is what I think about just before going to sleep.
3 August 4, 1997 To Asami-sensei and your staff members, thank you for the flowers celebrating the start of my series. Wild Half is drawn by such a nice person.
4 August 11, 1997 A comic by Mizumoto-san, a buddy of mine from my early days [as a manga artist], will have his work run in Akamaru JUMP. Use that as a first step towards us drawing serials together!!
5 August 25, 1997 Whoa! I went to see Mononoke Hime!! It’s so good!! And so cool!! Things are compellingly ‘Mera’ at the office.
6 September 1, 1997 During my assistant years both Tokuhiro-sensei and Rurouni’s Watsuki-sensei took great care of me. I hope that Tokuhiro-sensei will be able to return to JUMP as soon as possible.
7 September 8, 1997 I bought a Lego pirate ship. What a fun creation. It’s respectable that the Lego designers haven’t lost their child-like hearts. But they’re aimed at 5-12 year olds!! Aw, shucks.
8 September 13, 1997 I hear that One Piece will be running in Hong Kong and Taiwanese publications as well. I’m looking forward to what the title will be changed to. I bet it’ll be all Chinese characters.
9 September 22, 1997 Let’s try to think about what the Hong Kong and Taiwanese titles of One Piece might be. Adventurous Elasticity Boy. Straw Hat Pirate. Young Girl’s Clothing. I wonder.
10 September 29, 1997 Seems there’s been an emergence of ‘towelers’ on my home [island] of Kyushu. Amateurs… Why, I’ve been a toweler while working since way back.
11 October 6, 1997 I’ve been in serialization more than 10 weeks now but I still can’t keep up with the weekly pace. Man, the professionals are amaaaaazing.
12 October 13, 1997 Thank you for the fan letters that come in week after week. I think the best way I can thank you at this point is by turning your words of support into the energy of the characters. So that’s what I’m gonna do!!
13 October 20, 1997 Now it’s been decided that One Piece will be appearing in Thailand. The art will have to be mirrored from right to left. I’m a little concerned that it might mess with the designs.
14 October 27, 1997 Volume 2 of Butsu Zone by Hiroyuki Takei-sensei, a personal and neighborhood friend, was released. Bought it. Just like I thought, it’s right up my alley.
15 November 1, 1997 Toriyama-sensei’s serial has begun!! I’m so happy!! Maybe too happy!! I’m looking forward to being able to read it each week!!!
16 November 10, 1997 In my childhood I read a book called Elmer and the Dragon and it gave me culture shock. I don’t think there’s any other imaginary creature as beloved as dragons. Who the heck thought them up? That person was awesome!!
17 November 17, 1997 SO COLD!! I hate the cold!! Ahh, I know what this means. Yep, drinking a warm and bitter cup of coffee while doing my job good and dandy.
18 November 22, 1997 There were some domed stickers in a fan’s letter. I’ve seen them placed on things before but noooow I get how they’re used.
19 December 1, 1997 Kazu-sensei and Mizumoto-sensei, congratulations on your new serials! We used to go drinking a lot back in the day but now we’re war buddies!!
20 December 8, 1997 Alright then. You ready? It’s coming. At long last One PieceVolume 1!! It comes out on Christmas!! There are some extra special pages as too.
21 December 22, 1997 This calls for a celebration!! Two of my buddies will [have their work] published in Akamaru JUMP. I’m cheering for you Shinyacchi & Matsuicchi. Push forwaaaard!!
22 January 5, 1998 WOAH!! THE YEAR’S ALREADY STARTED!! Happy New Year. I worked very diligently last year. That’s coming from me so there’s totally no reason for you to doubt me and stuff. Right, so carrying on that grand tradition, you guessed it!! I’ll do my best [this year too]!! Looking forward to this year with you.
23 January 12, 1998 The boom box I bought with money from my very first high school part-time job has been with me for six years. Recently CDs started skipping. Hang in there!!
24 January 19, 1998 I went to the party for the ‘Big Two’ Awards. It’s been a while since I let loose singing and partying like that. Feeling rejuvenated is sooo important.
25 January 26, 1998 Thank you for the incredible amount of postcards we received for last year’s ‘Cover Page Illustration Idea Contest’. Selecting them is tough!
26 February 2, 1998 It’s so funny!! I’ve been watching Masaru-san on TV and it’s crazy that a TV cartoon can make me laugh this hard.
27 February 9, 1998 I went to the [Weekly Shonen JUMP] New Year’s party where I was able to meet Toriyama-sensei. If you can believe it we actually played rock-paper-scissors!! AND I LOST!! He really IS a living legend.
28 February 16, 1998 At last the unveiling of the [winners of the] ‘Cover Page Illustration Idea Contest’. Since I love drawing pictures I’m going to put some extra effort into the next six weeks. Of course that goes for the series too.
29 February 23, 1998 Crap. My wisdom tooth feels kind of weird. Is this all because I stopped going to the dentist mid-treatment last year?
30 March 2, 1998 FAIL!! I woke up the same time I went to sleep. I SLEPT OVER 24 HOURS!! This week’s manuscripts are probably gonna be hell.
31 March 9, 1998 The Olympics, which will be long over by the time this goes to print, have got me all emotional right now. Sports are amazing.
32 March 16, 1998 Valentine’s chocolates have arrived! Thank you so much!! The characters and staff included, we’re all enjoying them. I love chocolate.
33 March 23, 1998 About that funky wisdom tooth I wrote about in Issue 13, after I brushed it with ApaXXrd all the ridges [on my tooth] were missing. THE HECK!?
34 March 30, 1998 April 3rd, One Piece Volume 2 will be out!!! You can look forward to the lively antics of the Buggy Gang. There are also some special extra pages for a handicraft project.
35 April 6, 1998 Did you guys know this!? If you put Kappa Ebisen in shoyu ramen it tastes delicious!! Just be careful of how much you put in.
36 April 13, 1998 Thank you for sending me all the One Piece cosplay pictures. If I did it I’d be a fabulous Nami ♥ Yikes.
37 April 20, 1998 Regarding the DVD [player] I got at the [Weekly Shonen JUMP] New Year’s party. To tell the truth I wasn’t too interested in it but I hooked it up the other day. Oh yeah, it’s the Age of DVD!!!
38 April 27, 1998 Golden Week is coming. Three buddies from my amateur days will be published in Akamaru JUMP. Fukushige-san, Shinyappo and Yamakawa-san, good luck-po.
39 May 11, 1998 At last it’s here, the season of warmth. For a lazy guy like me, getting along by wearing just a t-shirt is too awesome to handle.
40 May 18, 1998 Recently been pouring over comics I read a long time ago. It’s weird because just reading them now like this I can recall specific events from my life back then.
41 May 25, 1998 Went around to some big bookstores for the first time in a year to gather materials. I naively thought three hours would be enough to buy up what I needed. Gotta make another trip to Jimbocho.
42 June 1, 1998 Purchased a new stereo receiver during Golden Week. Is it one of those teletext ones? Can it handle dual Minidiscs? Anyway, it’s cool.
43 June 8, 1998 I was shocked when I saw the May 17th episode of Sazae-san!! Katsuo’s voice actor changed!! WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED…!!
44 June 15, 1998 Went to the One Piece anime’s voice acting audition to learn more about it. How to describe it. The power [of their voices] in person is amazing. I can’t wait to see Luffy and the gang actually talking.
45 June 22, 1998 I don’t care if we get flak for this but we’re on a yo-yo kick at the office. Sure, might be a bit late to the fad but yo-yo’s are all the rage here. I’m currently practicing the ‘loop the loop’. I’ll do my best.
46 June 29, 1998 The whole planet is into the World Cup!!! I wanna watch it sobadly and it’s distracting me from my WORK!! But I’m going to watch anyway!!! Even if you are getting in the way of what I should be doing, I’m rooting for you JAPAN!!
47 July 6, 1998 I might be ‘Swedistic’ but I’m taking a break from Swedish music and listening to some Irish tunes now. They’re so carefree.
48 July 13, 1998 Wonder what it means to be ‘cool’. Right now I think Sachiko Kobayashi is cool. And so was the late Yoshie Utsumi.
49 July 18, 1998 Right, it’s been four weeks since that manga everyone’s been talking about started. There was an oath we took to have our serials run together in JUMP back when we were assistants on Rurouni. I’ve forgotten how long ago that was but we finally did it. Well, Takei-san, what more can I say than congratulations.
50 July 27, 1998 The voice actors were chosen for the anime so I went to the recording session to learn about it. I was so moved by their stunning performances which were even better than I imagined.
51 August 3, 1998 WO—-AAA~~~~H!!! I went to see it, the One Piece anime advance screening!!! It is aweSUUUUUM!! Please don’t miss it!!!
52 August 10, 1998 My debut work from 6 years ago will be in Akamaru JUMP. It’s a Western. Speaking of which, seems there’s gonna be an unrelated Western story published in the same issue. The author is a Mikio Ito? I know I’ve heard that before but… wait, it couldn’t possibly be!?
53 August 24, 1998 When looking through an old Lego catalog I found a pirate ship even bigger than the ones they sell now!! Was it discontinued!? Mr. Lego Japan Representative-Man, [are you out there reading this]!?
54 August 31, 1998 I can’t get, ‘A SAD MOMEEEENT!!’, out of my head. Itsumo Koko Kara is a weird comedy duo name but they’re funny.
55 September 7, 1998 Lately I find myself not feeling the least self-conscious when I go to a toy store and stand alongside other kids looking at the merchandise. Wonder if that’s because I’ve awakened to the fact that I draw comics [for a living].
56 September 14, 1998 Ran out of room to lay down the futon so I cleaned up my room. Kinda lonely without the stacked up magazines and clothes. I remain hopeful that things will be back to normal in a few weeks.
57 September 21, 1998 Japan has just lost the greatest entertainer of this era. Let’s reflect on it once more. The spirit of Akira Kurosawa.
58 September 28, 1998 I put some beef jerky in orange jelly and it tasted like MSG. Also made me feel sick.
59 October 5, 1998 I bought a Akiko Wada album. SHE IS THE SOOOWL-SHOUTIN’ SINGER! [She] shouts from her SOOOWL.
60 October 12, 1998 The fifth One Piece volume was released. The Usopp arc wraps up. Yosaku & Johnny appear along with Sanji. It’s a lotta fun!!
61 October 19, 1998 Those who participated in the ‘Character Popularity Vote’, thank you very much. I’m really happy that Luffy came in first. I was worried that Zoro or Shanks might overtake him.
62 October 26, 1998 I watched Tenten-kun. That song in it is so funny. I’m sure it’s gonna be a hit. This is the start of a really great anime!!
63 November 2, 1998 I’m getting more and more letters with Tare Panda envelopes. Seems popular. But did you know if you look reeeally closely, that panda is actually droopy!!
64 November 9, 1998 I got my hands on the legendary out-of-production Lego pirate ship, The Dark Shark!! A huge thank you to S-san, employee of a certain Kiddy Land, for the tip that you had one in stock!! THREE CHEERS FOR LEGOS
65 November 16, 1998 Shinyappo, whose one-shot debuted this week, helps out on One Piece from time to time. His selling point is definitely ‘power’ manga!!
66 November 21, 1998 Izumi Kato’s new single is out. She’s done it again!! I’ve got it playing on heavy rotation in my room.
67 November 30, 1998 Lately there are a lot of maxi-singles at CD stores. I buy them thinking they’re albums but it’s only two or three songs. Kinda disappointing.
68 December 7, 1998 A manga by our staff member Ejiri-san will be in Akamaru JUMP which goes on sale the 14th. Good work on those manuscripts.
69 December 19, 1998 Went to Nakano Sun Plaza for the [Weekly Shonen JUMP] Anime Tour. It was a valuable experience to talk in front of more than 2000 people. Really enjoyed it.
70 January 4, 1999 Happy New Year I wanted to try using a large font just once. But seriously it’s just like, definitely a happy time n’stuff.
71 January 11, 1999 In the seventh month of the year 1999, Mongol Man will fall from the sky. Be wary of leg lariats.
72 January 18, 1999 Recently kids from the neighborhood have gotten into firecrackers. Nothing wrong with that at all but, KNOCK IT OFF WHEN I’M SKETCHING!
73 January 25, 1999 Thank you so much for the mountains of New Year’s cards and birthday presents!! I’ll return the favor by ‘moving your hearts’ [with my manga]!!!
74 February 1, 1999 Swing’ is gonna be big this year!! These snazzy gang-rock tunes will be my background music for [drawing] One Piece this year.
75 February 8, 1999 I went to [Weekly Shonen JUMP’s] New Year party. I got to ask the thing I’ve been wanting to ask about to the sensei I wanted to ask about it; was very informative.
76 February 15, 1999 The drama in each and every single match is what makes professional wrestling so interesting. May the great entertainer, Giant Baba, rest in peace.
77 February 22, 1999 Voices of discontent [are pouring in] from Sanji fans regarding the One Piece title page in the New Year’s issue #6!! That was entirely my fault!!! (ROTFL)
78 March 1, 1999 Nosebleed FWOOOSH!! Thank you very much for all the chocolates!! They’ve got my brain power running at full speed!!
79 March 8, 1999 Was shocked by the new Gundam. Turn A Gundam. As someone who has been a fan of the first Gundam series since elementary school I never thought it would evolve into…that! So it’s come to this!!
80 March 15, 1999 I’ve got three favorite watches. But none of them tick anymore. Batteries are shot. Off to the watch shop.
81 March 20, 1999 At long last [it’s the return of] the Star Wars series [toys]!! Gonna buy every last one of ’em without fail!! The only problem is finding display room
82 March 29, 1999 I was so moved by Morita-sensei’s comment from Issue 16!! Phew, gotta do my best. Thank you so much
83 April 5, 1999 I am not a man that will simply lie down and allow myself to be a slave to the times. By the way, aren’t Japanese dumplings just to die for!! I am a man that forges my own bold new path.
84 April 12, 1999 Final Fantasy is getting in the way of my work!! We can’t have that. Thus I developed a breakthrough plan to deal with the issue. I’m going to do my very best, to beat the entire game. Yeah, that’s the ticket.
85 April 19, 1999 There’s this thing called a ‘foot-bath’ but I think if you overuse it you’ll probably turn your ‘foot bad’!! That’s…all I have to say.
86 April 26, 1999 Former One Piece staff member Kusanagi-san and a figure yet veiled in mystery, KIYU-san, will have their manga in the Akamaru JUMP going on sale April 30th. I’m dying to read ’em!!
87 May 10, 1999 I’ve just discovered a fantastic musician!! Her name is Yoko Kanno-san. Miss, you are just…wow, awesome!!
88 May 17, 1999 The CD player on the stereo set I just bought last year broke. I called the repairman and he fixed it. Thank goodness.
89 May 24, 1999 Mr. Sagara, a friend of my editor Mr. ‘A’da, thank you so much for setting up my Mac!! I’m so happy I could cry
90 May 31, 1999 I went to the judges’ meeting for the Tezuka Awards. It was great to hear such amazing stories from all those amazing people.
91 June 7, 1999 There’s just something exciting about those German toy blocks, Playmobile!! Their pirate series is outstanding
92 June 14, 1999 About the novelization of One Piece that came out on June 3rd. If you can believe it, there’s a flip book comic in it!!
93 June 21, 1999 Ota-san, it’s raining!! “Oh heavens, thank you for telling me.” Ah, listening to the conversations of the older ladies in the neighborhood. Really warms the heart.
94 June 28, 1999 I WENT TO SEE STAR WARS EPISODE 1!!! Oh MAN, I was in seventh heaven. Good job!!! STAR WARS!!!
95 July 5, 1999 So they’re called ‘Pipozaru’, eh. Those monkeys. Gotta say they’re pretty funny. That dance is great. GET YOU
96 July 12, 1999 “We are gonna chug Pepsi like there’s no tomorrow!” “OKAY!!” “We’re not gonna stop until we’ve collected ALL the caps!!” “YEAAAH!!” That’s essentially the resolution I just made with the staff.
97 July 19, 1999 So the entire staff is trying to tell me that the sound a shishi-odoshi makes is Kahko~n. But I’m positive the sound it reallymakes is Kahpo~n!!
98 July 26, 1999 As of late, they say that even compared to the rest of the world, the Japanese people are getting more dumb. Not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.
99 August 2, 1999 Was toiling over a manuscript on the day of a deadline. That’s when a Star Wars calendar arrived from a reader. POWER UP!!!! THANK YOU!!!
100 August 9, 1999 AND THUS, IT WAS DECREED, THAT IT WOULD BE AN ANIME~ SERIE~S!! And what’s more is that three of my friends will be [published] in the special edition going on sale August 18th!! Mizumoto-san and One Piece staffers Ejiri-san & Takei-kun!! Alright, it’s summer time!!
101 August 23, 1999 Mitsuru Nakamura is an artist-lyricist and I thought he just drew the album covers for 19. Turns out he’s also a musician!! That’s so cool.
102 August 30, 1999 How about [they make] this, Kita no Kuni Kara Episode 1: Kunie’s Younger Years. Is it hot in here or is it just me.
103 September 6, 1999 It seems that giraffes clean their ears with their tongue. They said so on TV. I had a friend that could pick their nose with their tongue but ears, that’s incredible. Ears, just incredible.
104 September 13, 1999 This summer I was given a priceless treasure. The opportunity to embark on the sailing vessel ‘Kaisei’ into the open sea. Thank you!!
105 September 20, 1999 Staff member F-san became our hero when he captured the giant moth that invaded the office.
106 September 27, 1999 The other day I went to the One Piece anime [voice acting] audition. After much deliberation we personally selected individuals whom the entire anime staff was pleased with. We’ll reveal them in the next issue. I can’t wait!!
107 October 4, 1999 Lately I’m uh, you know. I’m having more fun than one guy should be allowed to. What with the anime starting and talks about a toy line progressing. Gosh, I’m just so happy I became a manga author (CRBT)!!
108 October 9, 1999 A text I send keeps being rejected!! What’s going on here!? It’s a text I promised I’d send!!
109 October 18, 1999 I saw Watsuki-sensei for the first time in a long while. [My impression of him was thus,] Mr. ‘I’m-not-being-hounded-by-work’ Easy-Going Wakky.
110 October 25, 1999 Regarding the pirate treasure chest campaign commemorating the broadcast of the anime (see page 32). The keyword is ‘Gomu Gomu’!!
111 November 1, 1999 Did you see the One Piece anime!? Isn’t it a phenomenal piece of work!! The second episode is a ways off but while we’re waiting let’s watch the encore broadcast on the 13th and relive the excitement
112 November 8, 1999 Ah yes, I currently find myself infatuated with the melodious sounds of classical music. What a splendid form of musical entertainment.
113 November 15, 1999 Did you know that Pandaman is in the opening of the One Pieceanime? You can spot him in slow motion
114 November 22, 1999 I started PosPe. I took a look around the related sites too and… this world of ours, dang…it’s just overflowing with cute stuff.
115 December 6, 1999 December 29th!! Something amazing is going to happen!! For now just be sure to write ‘One Piece’ on that date in your calendar!!
116 December 13, 1999 I received a WonderSwan from the folks at Bandai. The whole staff is obsessed with Gunpey.
117 December 20, 1999 It’s getting closer, the One Piece anime special with, three episodeairing back-to-back!? Be sure not to miss the broadcast on the 29th that will be sure to reach all your homes along with the exasperated cries of the anime staff!!
118 January 3, 2000 A Happy New Year indeed. So what should I do this year. I think, yeah, I’d like to write a really good manga.
119 January 17, 2000 Bibiru were really nice guys. And for all of you that came to JUMP Festa, I  absorbed the amazing spirit you all brought with you!!
120 January 24, 2000 I bought a hybrid cell phone. I’m always in the house [so it’s not like I’m actually out and about] but I just wanted one darnit!!
121 January 31, 2000 I’m writing this on January 19th. Alrighty then, it’s about time to start sending New Year’s cards. It’s what they call ‘finishing what you start’.
122 February 7, 2000 I received all sorts of birthday presents. Thank you so much!! Gonna do my best!!
123 February 14, 2000 This spring three of my friends are getting married. That’s the power of the millennium for you!! Congratulations and here’s wishing all of you years of happiness!!!
124 February 21, 2000 I went to one of the anime’s wrap parties. The One Piece anime is entirely made possible by the remarkable people standing behind it.
125 February 28, 2000 Y-san of our staff is a SUPER sculptor. Using just putty rubber and some vinyl he can make an incredibly realistic cockroach. Please stop.
126 March 6, 2000 Buena Vista Social Club. It’s all I listen to [these days]. I’ve fallen in love with the legendary voices of Cuba.
127 March 13, 2000 Hikaru Utada and Misia. Our workplace is divided between which one is a more talented singer. The winner is, Hibari Misora
128 March 18, 2000 Thank you very much for all the Valentine chocolates!! When I eat these I’ll be choc(olate)-full of power♥♥ Okay that was bad.
129 March 27, 2000 I went to the advance screening of the One Piece movie. It flowed really well and was a lot of fun!! It’s packed with playfulness right through the ending credits
130 April 3, 2000 I went to see a K-1 [event]. The match between Kurosawa & Kakuta pierced straight through my heart. Here it comes…YEAAAAAAAH!!!
131 April 10, 2000 Oh Madam, have you heard the latest!? The One Piecesoundtrack CD!! It’s perfect for you and yours! You’ll be sure to love it!!
132 April 17, 2000 [One Piece] staffer Y-san and his wife had a baby!! Congratulatiooons!! It’s a girl!! You’re a daddy now Y-san!!
133 April 24, 2000 Smack in the middle of constructing the snow country arc I coincidentally received a The Snowman CD from a reader. It allowed for a really good atmosphere which helped speed up the creation process. Thank you.
134 May 8, 2000 Recently I’ve been browsing illustration websites from around the world in my downtime. SO MUCH TALENT!!! The world sure is a big place.
135 May 15, 2000 When I’m struggling to come up with a decent story or sketch I simply put things in perspective. I simply remind myself that [it’s okay] because after all, WE LIVE IN THE MATRIX!!! …oh, I uh, went to see it the other day.
136 May 22, 2000 I connected the [drawing] tablet I’ve been dying for to my Mac!! Don’t even know how to begin describing how awesome this is!! It’s siiiick!!!
137 May 29, 2000 I got hit pretty hard. Here I was thinking I was invincible when I had my first fever in 10 years. Now I know first-hand how bad Nami felt. Luffy! Hurry up and get her to a doctor!!
138 June 5, 2000 I wanna watch some Japanese movies. On DVD. Some Kurosawa or even the Honor & Humanity series, I hope they come out.
139 June 12, 2000 Somehow the planning sheets for the One Piece video game keep chugging along. Wow, I cannot wait for it to be released.
140 June 19, 2000 I got an invite from Shimabu~ to go see a recording of DOWN TOWN DX. I laughed my heart out at Macchan’s real-time follies and Hama-chan’s live wisecracks.
141 June 26, 2000 I bought Alflex’s ‘The Seven Samurai’ figures. Guh, this craftsmanship, IT’S GOT ME ALL EMOTIONAL!!!
142 July 3, 2000 I got to meet Kyosuke Usuta-san for the first time at the ‘Big Two’ Awards. We’re both from Kumamoto and we’re the same age. Pretty cool
143 July 10, 2000 I’m late with this but Oguri-san, congratulations for all your hard work on the Tenten-kun serial. Please get plenty of R&R.
144 July 17, 2000 The things I drew on Nami and Vivi on this week’s cover. Dunno what they’re called but I wanted to try drawing them once. They’re all India-ish and stuff so I likes ’em.
145 July 24, 2000 Went to Takei-san’s place and there was an owl there. It just kept glaring at me.
146 July 31, 2000 Didja see!? The One Piece anime’s new ending!! It’s another new song from Otsuki-san. I was listening to it when I just started running for the heck of it.
147 August 7, 2000 The second One Piece novel is in stores now. It’s a side-story from the Logue Town arc. It involves the chivalry of a mysterious gunman and a bath scene with Nami. Chock-full [of good stuff].
148 August 21, 2000 This week staff member S-san came back from Hawaii with cigars which helped us do a first-class job.
149 August 28, 2000 I cried watching the One Piece anime’s version of the Belle-mère story. Good music, acting and production. Anime is so unfair.
150 September 4, 2000 I felt nostalgic when I received a correspondence from the crew of the ship I sailed on last summer. ‘Fuu’-san of the ‘Kaisei’, thanks for the postcard!
151 September 11, 2000 There was a Kunihiro Hayashi CD I couldn’t find in music stores no matter how hard I looked. Found it instantly on the internet. Great times we live in.
152 September 18, 2000 Dragon Quest 7, I got it but[…]. Final Fantasy 9, I got it but[…]. If I start ’em I won’t be able to hit the brakes on either so they remain unopened. I got ’em but[…]
153 September 25, 2000 You can have a lotta fun with the ‘Log Pose’ from Bandai. In fact, I think I overdid it a bit and my muscles are really sore.
154 October 2, 2000 The snow country arc is finished. Phe~~w I sure drew a heckuva lot of ’em, ‘circles’. Well, up next is a kingdom of sand so I guess it’s on to ‘dots’.
155 October 7, 2000 WHOOOOOOOOOOOOAH KARELIN [LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOST]!!! Am I late to the party on this one?
156 October 16, 2000 I’m a bit late with this but, good job on all the hard work of your serial comic Mr. KIYU. You might be a JUMP-published serial manga author but that won’t stop me from asking for your help around here; looking forward to working with you
157 October 23, 2000 What I intended to be catnap turned into a one-way ticket to the very depths of a deep, deep slumber. Ugh, it’s despicable. I hate Winter.
158 October 30, 2000 Can’t believe I was asked to write an advocative message in the back of Kochi Kame Vol. 122. 122 volumes. That’s, astonishing
159 November 6, 2000 It shows just how behind I am but I finally saw the Buena Vista Social Club movie. Sweeeet, super sweeeet
160 November 13, 2000 I heard the One Piece anime’s new opening song, Folder5’s”Believe”. How can I describe it, it’s a song that somehow just wants to make you burst [with energy]. Looking forward to it airing
161 November 20, 2000 I went to Nagoya, the land where god resides. I visited an aquarium- I MEAN I went to the Palace of Toriyama. Had an awesome time.
162 November 27, 2000 ooowwWWWW!!! Of all the times why now at the end of the year……!!! That wisdom tooth I didn’t have pulled out three years ago, it’s…!!!
163 December 4, 2000 Dentist Diary Part 1. “This is gonna be preeetty tough to take out.”, so I’m told. I see storm clouds ahead.
164 December 11, 2000 Dentist Diary Part 2. Late to the removal appointment. Rescheduled for next week. CURSE YOU ALARM CLOCK!! Oh wait, I forgot to set it
165 December 18, 2000 Dentist Diary Part 3. CRUNCH! Grch Grch CRACK! GRACK!! POP!! Extraction complete. Oh look at that, it’s the end of the 20th century.
166 January 4, 2001 Mmm, guess I should choose an aspiration or something for the year. Sure would like to go on a trip this year. Yeah, a trip out around the block’d be nice
167 January 15, 2001 JUMP Festa is a battle of stamina. A big thanks to all those that came, it must have tired you out. Once again I was blown away by the incredible enthusiasm in the convention hall!!
168 January 22, 2001 Went home [to Kumamoto] for New Year’s. I also saw friends I hadn’t seen for years but it never felt like we were apart. Something magical [about it]
169 January 29, 2001 Awww, didn’t get to eat hardly any mochi this New Year’s. My grand total was a pathetic two. Mochi
170 February 5, 2001 We’re in the middle of a slow-stewed nice and bubbly soup boom. It’s got our workplace in its clutches this winter.
171 February 10, 2001 Is everyone watching the anime’s original story-arc? It’s really entertaining!! So jealous
172 February 26, 2001 Sorry for taking a break!!! If you can believe it, I went to America and had fun for 10 days!!! But what I gained from this trip, is HUGE.
173 March 5, 2001 Nosebleed FWOOSH!! I got some chocolates. Thanks very much. I’m gonna eat ’em all up and then draw, draw draw!
174 March 12, 2001 Did you know that from April 15th the anime’s time-slot is moving!? It’ll be after Kochi Kame at seven-thirty!! FRESH NEW START!!!
175 March 19, 2001 Ejirin who worked here as an assistant for two and a half years is leaving. I don’t know how I’ll go on. I mean, who am I supposed to push around for kicks now!? Thanks for all your hard work
176 March 26, 2001 To whoever sent us the mountain of Dove Sables. Thank you very sable. We’re all munch-sabling on them.
177 April 2, 2001 Wow, four and a half years. The editor with whom I shared many successes and hardships, ‘Daasa’. Time to change. Thank you for working so hard all the way.
178 April 9, 2001 My new editor Habuta-san has arrived. He has a family so I mightthink about possibly considering not asking too much out of him.
179 April 16, 2001 Just warning you guys okay, under no circumstances should you try listening to the One Piece Grand Battle disc in a CD player. In particular the second track…heehee
180 April 23, 2001 Mikio Itou’s [series] has stoked the fires of inspiration in ‘mongoose’ all over the country. Hey big bro, here’s to all the hard work on your completed serialization.
181 May 7, 2001 It’s been decided where we’re moving to~!! We went ahead and rented it out!! A brand new workplace!! Alrighty, all that’s left is to actually move…
182 May 14, 2001 I heard that the anime’s ratings have gotten even better since moving to Sundays and I couldn’t be happier. I watch it too. From 6[PM]
183 May 21, 2001 During Golden Week I got together with my manga buddies and we discussed the Koizumi cabinet. …for like 10 minutes.
184 May 28, 2001 I received a pirate sword as a gift from the manager of the weapons shop I visited a while back in Kamakura. Thank you very much.
185 June 4, 2001 Katsura-sensei showed me his home theater. Uh…it’s like…it might as well be a movie theater!!
186 June 11, 2001 I got Hikaru Kawamura’s autograph. A lil’ somethin’ we call ‘having connections’ here at Shueisha. Thank you very much!
187 June 18, 2001 I was surprised when my own named appeared on screen during the final post-credits screen of the Game Boy One Piece game. Now that you mention it, I am the original creator
188 June 25, 2001 I heard something amazing at one of the anime’s general meetings. That role and that other role are going to be played by THAT person and THAT person!!!
189 July 2, 2001 T.T-san, thank you for sending the Chopper doll. It’s so cute and well made; it’s got rave reviews from the staff. Wow.
190 July 9, 2001 The One Piece illustration collection book to be released on July 19th is amazing!! Take my word for it, it’s reea~~~~~lly something. I dedicate it to a world full of hardships.
191 July 16, 2001 Aw come oooon. What the heck, Capricorn is sixth this week? What the- ‘a revolving door’. THAT’S the lucky item. Well, might as well go for a spin
192 July 23, 2001 Watched the Shaman King anime. When I saw ‘Original Creator Hiroyuki Takei’ I got all emotional. That man I, I know him!!
193 July 30, 2001 Looks to be that the anime’s ending [theme] has changed. They told me that middle schoolers sang it. That’s so young!
194 August 6, 2001 I bought a super functional chair that makes me want laugh out loud, “Shahahahaha!!” A good chair is a must for desk work.
195 August 20, 2001 I went to a recording session of the anime to learn more about it. Hot damn, you won’t believe how awesome the voice acting line-up for the Drum arc is
196 August 27, 2001 Only intended to get my feet wet in Set Sail Pirate Crew! but before I knew it I was being sucked in deeper and deeper…!! They did a heckuva job putting this together!!
197 September 3, 2001 I went to see a stage production that Luffy’s voice actress Mayumi Tanaka is [performing] in. Voice actors and actresses have such beautiful voices.
198 September 10, 2001 WE FINALLY MO~~~~~~~~~~~VED!! SO~~~~~~~~~ SPACIOUS!! SO COMFY~~~~~~~~~~~!! SO REFRESHI~~~~~NG!!
199 September 17, 2001 The anime’s voice actor for Smoker, Ginzo Matsuo-san, has passed away. May he rest in peace.
200 September 22, 2001 I went to the neighborhood pet shop and there were a ton of weird reptiles. I want one. But…I wonder if I’d actually care for it
201 October 1, 2001 There are adults that kill people while declaring, “This is a holy war!”, or “This is justice!” And there are children that see that. One Piece will continue for quite some time. All the while praying for world peace.
202 October 6, 2001 I was outside at one of my favorite little gardens under the rays of the sun just reading and such when suddenly I was told it was bad for my eyes.
203 October 15, 2001 Oh…you must pardon me for listening to classical music as of late whilst I sketch. I propose a toast, to the intellectuality of myself.
204 October 22, 2001 That’s what it comes down to. But ya’ know. You can’t just up and quit exercising. Not when you get muscle cramps from riding an exercise bike, yeaaah.
205 October 29, 2001 I went to the Fukuoka JUMP Festa. We were having a blast even from when we were planning the pre-stage routine, what a great time.
206 November 5, 2001 The anime’s ‘Drum Kingdom flashback arc’ left me wading in my own tears. Starting with the director, I’ve got nothing but gratefulness for the entire anime staff.
207 November 12, 2001 Right now I’m in the middle of trying to memorize all the names of the Morning Musume [members]. If I don’t know ’em the staff make fun of me.
208 November 19, 2001 I always feel like eating the food served at Shueisha’s buffet parties after I get home. The timing of ’em is just soooo, you know. No way I’m the only one.
209 November 26, 2001 I’m going to try to add some miso soup to coffee. Mmmhmm. The perfect bitterness of coffee blended with the scent of miso…KER-COUGH!
210 December 3, 2001 The jealousy of old men pierce through the Koizumi cabinet. They should just lend him a hand if they’ve got enough time to waste disagreeing with him. Bunch of weirdos.
211 December 10, 2001 Finally bought the coffee maker for the office that I put off buying because I heard you gotta wash the darn thing after every use. Aha, so this is it. This is what they call coffee… It’s…
212 December 17, 2001 Plans for a number of [One Piece] video games are moving ahead and the farthest from completion is coming out the year after next. Th-…The year after next you say… Guess it’s pretty tough making games too.
213 December 28, 2001 And so this year too…is now drawing…to a close… Even though it’s still coming to an end, it’s already the New Year’s edition of JUMP. What’s up with that?
214 January 7, 2002 Alrighty, a happy New Year to you. Ah~ a fresh new year. So I should probably state my goal for the year, huh. This year I uh…yeah a good manga…that’s what I’d like to draw…
215 January 21, 2002 The year-end JUMP Festa at Makuhari. It was a huge celebration and I had a great time. Did you see the One Piece stage show at Bandai they spent 50 million yen on!? It was awesome. They should perform it all around the country.
216 January 28, 2002 The DVD player I won at the JUMP New Year’s party four years ago just broke. The timing was great because I got a new one at this year’s New Year’s party. THANK YOU.
217 February 4, 2002 I slipped away from working on drafts and went to Disney Sea for the anime staff’s New Year’s party, had fun to my heart’s content and went immediately back to my manuscripts.
218 February 18, 2002 Thanks for last week. I’m sorry for taking a break. I’m in the middle of watching The Godfather. I hate being controlled by others. So just call me ‘Don’.
219 February 25, 2002 OOOOOH~~~ (blush) I never ever thought I’d be faced with having to do voice acting. How can I put it? Th-The ebb and flow of the times? …or just…me getting sucked into it…!!
220 March 4, 2002 We are now in The Age of the iPod. The iPod is niiice… I loaded it up with songs I love from CDs I don’t listen to anymore and I’m at 700 songs. Niiiiice…
221 March 11, 2002 I went to the test screening of the One Piece movie. The response from the audience was superb. Man, Chopper Kingdom is fantastic. That’d be an awesome island. I’d lo~ve to go.
222 March 18, 2002 Nosebleed FWOOOOSH!! I received so many chocolates thank you very much. I’m the kind of guy that eats chocolate every week regardless of Valentine’s Day. Now recharging sugar supply~
223 March 25, 2002 Lately Ando-kun, who has been helping me exclusively with final touches, has been on the ball. He’s the kind of guy that would climb the corporate ladder in a company. And he’s still so young.
224 April 1, 2002 I think it’s the first time this happened to me since I was born. I spilled my ink. But since my desk is packed to overflowing with stuff it was more like, “Oh-my-gosh-the-ink-is-not going anywhere actually.” It’s all good.
225 April 8, 2002 The Straw Hat Gang Voice Acting Brigade came to my place. Starting with a food run for ingredients the main event was Sanji’s [Hirata’s] pepperoncino [pasta]. We carried on late into the night.
226 April 15, 2002 A popular song called “Family” has been included in the One Piece album. The [anime] producer, Shimizu-san, is busy running here and there trying to make sure that as many people as possible can listen to it. Good lu~~ck!!
227 April 22, 2002 I went to see Mr. 2’s voice actor Mr. Yao perform on stage with his troupe SWAT. The attention to detail in the depiction of characters helped me see how interesting stage productions is. So that’s what real theater is.
228 April 27, 2002 The three pages I drew last week for the picture book Norland the Liar held me back 15 hours in overtime. It turned out great and I’m totally satisfied with it. I love picture books.
229 May 13, 2002 I always thought that 70’s soul music was my favorite but lately I’ve started to pay attention to modern soul. I’ll start with some Grammy winners. Ooh, this is gooood…
230 May 20, 2002 Obata-sensei’s illustration collection, Sai. I was deeply moved when I received a signed copy. It’s just sooo beautiful. I have nothing but unconditional respect for those who have always been skillful artists. This is the real deal guys.
231 May 27, 2002 I rented out a whole movie theater!! YEAH-HE-HEAH!! I’m messin’ with you, just wasn’t anyone else in it. It was a popular [foreign] movie too but I guess it’s because I saw the dubbed version.
232 June 3, 2002 I’m out of shape so just walking around town gives me muscle cramps. There’s a sports gym in my neighborhood. Every time I pass it I think, “Whaddya know, a sports gym.” (so go to it ya’ bum)
233 June 10, 2002 Big brother Gin Shinga passed away. He was a dear friend from my assistant days when we dreamed of being manga authors. I’ll continue to draw for the both of us.
234 June 17, 2002 This is something that really ticks me off. When some guy puts important scenes from a movie on the main menu of a DVD. Come oooon, isn’t there something you can do other than THAT.
235 June 24, 2002 What I feared most at the ‘Big Two’ awards ceremony came to pass. The winners were scared of me because I wore beach sandals. Yeah I guess everyone else was wearing full suits. …I’m actually a really nice guy.
236 July 1, 2002 I went with the One Piece Comedy Voice Acting Brigade to Kobe. We succeeded in happily surprising Sanji [Hiroaki Hirata]. We spent half a year planning it. That was fun.
237 July 8, 2002 The World Cup. I saw some booing from the crowd during a Korean home game. I thought that was awesome. That’s exactly what fans should be doing.
238 July 15, 2002 Recently I’ve started enjoying texting and whenever I’ve gotta chance I check for messages. I get lonely if there aren’t any. My dear friends, please text me. Don’t expect a reply though (・◇・)
239 July 22, 2002 I watched the DVD of Rainbowman. So an evil army, the ‘Die Die Group’, makes fake yen bills in order to give Japanese currency the flu!! …the hell kinda kid’s show is this.
240 July 29, 2002 I’m playing Grand Battle Swan Coliseum. This thing’s crazy hard. SO TOUGH!! THE ENEMIES!! It’s kinda starting to get to me. TAKE THIIIIIIS!!
241 August 5, 2002 Whenever I have a color cover I draw the color picture a week in advance and add what I think the title will end up being but I made a huge mistake this time. This week’s chapter is called ‘Heaven’s Judgment’.
242 August 12, 2002 All I can hear is, “It’s so ho~t.”, or, “The heat is unbearable.” Simply preposterous, is there anything left even resembling ‘fighting spirit’ in the Japanese today!!! P.S. Okay, so I spend all day in an air conditioned room.
243 August 26, 2002 Sometimes I really yearn to be a salaryman. Get chewed out by the section chief, drown my sorrows in sake on the way home and wear a suit to work every day. But [putting up] with rush hour, hell no.
244 September 2, 2002 Summertime means scary stories. Or at least that’s what people say; what scares me the most are people who are quick to bare their fangs based on differences in status.
245 September 9, 2002 My staff are into those [weird] mystery programs. They seem to be interested in strange events from around the globe. But if [those shows] actually provided any solid answers they’d be on the news instead. (meanie)
246 September 14, 2002 As a child I was a little off-beat for liking rakugo but I just found out that rakugo CDs are available [for sale]. So first up iiiiis, Kosan Yanagiya, an essential!!
247 September 22, 2002 ‘Pierrot’ and ‘Pure’ were put together to make ‘Puroland’. I experienced the One Piece 4D Simulation Theater. It was way beyond anything I even imagined! Even adults will love this.
248 October 7, 2002 There’s something I absolutely had to see for an arc I’ll be doing sooner or later so I headed to Nagasaki. I’d like to personally extend my thanks to Mr. Matsumoto and all of the workers at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.
249 October 12, 2002 There are a lot of things about drawing a long arc that are quite ‘trying’ but I’m really glad I did Alabasta. The wrap party for the animation was really emotional.
250 October 21, 2002 This is late in coming but congratulations on all your hard work in completing your serialization Higuchi-san. For the time being just take it easy. If you’ve got time to kill come see me, and I’m not just saying that.
251 October 28, 2002 Playing Fighter Maker 2 now. Pretty nifty. Oh the fun of actually making movements.
252 November 2, 2002 Yeah it’s definitely the age of ‘The Sear’. I had my first seared sushi at a sushi place in Tsukiji. I’m telling you babe, it’s either seared sooshee or no sooshee.
253 November 11, 2002 Man I just, I really like ‘Kyon Kyon’. How do you describe that sense of humor, that… lightness of the laughter…isn’t he great…Kyotaro Yanagiya.
254 November 18, 2002 Dear Readers. As the breath leaving my mouth turned a whisping white I thought winter was already upon us, but it turned out I was just smoking. As the sky was still darkening after the six o’clock sunset I called my assistant; turns out it was six in the morning.
255 November 25, 2002 Treasure Battle. My assistants are into ‘Pirate Soccer’. It’s really simple but after work they go nuts over it.
256 December 2, 2002 The Grand Secret of Nanatsu Island on Game Boy Advance. I knew about it from the early planning stages but I’m pleasantly surprised with how well it turned out. The characters are neat and the music and graphics are beautiful. I recommend it!
257 December 9, 2002 Oh man. Do I ever love drawing color spreads. And here I am stuck doing piles of ‘year-end wrap-up work’. But I’m churning out the spreads without worrying about deadlines. Wahoo.
258 December 16, 2002 I read the comment from Akimoto-sensei where he said, “[Looking for an escape] to refresh yourself when you come across a difficulty is only an excuse to avoid it.” I was deeply moved [by those words of wisdom]!!
259 December 30, 2002 Bought the new iPod. 20 gigabytes. Up until now my playlist comprised of mainly ‘soul’, ‘rock’ ‘mood’ music and the like. This time I’ll think I’ll add some ‘rakugo’ and ‘manzai’.
260 January 6, 2003 Happy New Year to you. Last year was full of this and that but now it’s this year. I’m gonna state my ambition ……I~ wanna~~~!! DRAW AN AWWWWWESOME MANGAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!
261 January 20, 2003 Hello there!! One Piece is gonna be a stupid-ass manga this year too!! …Was that a good follow-up? So that bombshell I dropped at JUMP Festa. Worried about that [choice] after seeing I made fans cry.
262 January 27, 2003 I met Ouji Hiroi-san. I always wondered what kinda dude he was and turns out he’s an adult that knows how to live in style. He’s got great values.
263 February 3, 2003 One of my current assistants, Y-kun, gave me a Haro from Gundam for my birthday. It’s one of those toys that randomly starts talking which is annoying so everyone’s always shutting it off.
264 February 10, 2003 Editor-in-Chief Takahashi was a man of manga that always listened to us and saw eye to eye with us. I pray that he may rest in peace.
265 February 17, 2003 The meaning of ‘(expld)’ that I see written on fan letters and stuff. Apparently it’s [short for] (explodes into laughter). I thought it just meant (exploding). Was under the impression flying all over the place was in fashion.
266 February 24, 2003 I met [the members of] Bump of Chicken. They were really pleasant and we ended up talking for three hours. Along with the new film their new song is really a work of art. Please, go see the movie!!!
267 March 3, 2003 Thought up words to the Godzilla theme. ‘Purim, Purim, Purim has a festival (hypermetric)’ are the awesome lyrics I came up with. I’m so good.
268 March 10, 2003 Nosebleed FWOOOOOSH!! Got chocolates! Thank you! In addition I also received personal health devices, wine, tsukemono (with miso) and a scrub brush…now that’s love ♥
269 March 17, 2003 STANDING ROOM ONLYYYY~!! It’s a hit across the country!! In one theater on opening day it had four times as many customers as last year!! BEYOND INCREDIBLE!! Director Uda you’re my hero~ ♥ It’s in theaters until April 25th!
270 March 31, 2003 Went to Sky Island to check out how to properly draw clouds. Was a perfect day and the smell of the clouds was so revitalizing. Great food too.
271 April 7, 2003 So uh, about that comment from last week… I haven’t gone cuckoo or anything… It was for April Fool’s. You knew that right (lol) ?
272 April 14, 2003 In the middle of drawing final manuscripts I sent a text to Takei-san, “I’m totally screwed!”, to which he replied, “Ignorant whelp! I’m the one who’s screwed!!” That gave me the energy I needed (lol).
273 April 21, 2003 When I’m just standing around waiting or something while I’m outdoors I go right to Tetris on my cell phone without even thinking about it. Be nice if they put Puyo Puyo in there next. Oh and Tekken and ‘JSR’.
274 April 28, 2003 I’m now watching ‘Oshin’ on DVD. I’m so not completely and totally addicted. “No ya… Puhlease, ya’ just cain’t send that thar child away ta be a servant!” OSHIII~~~~N!!!
275 May 12, 2003 I just happened to be listening to the radio when I heard that mega-star idol saying that, “One Piece is really good.” Well, well, well, looks like he’s got some taste, guess he’s a pretty cool guy.
276 May 19, 2003 Smoke Gets in Your Eyes produced by Mr. Hirotaka Suzuoki and Akatsuki 7 [performed] by the troupe SWAT. It was all about stage plays this Golden Week. Both were tour de force performances. Seeing live shows is so great.
277 May 26, 2003 The CDs we’re playing at the office are from a genre called ‘Polka’. Kinda like the music used for when a clown appears; it’s so silly and fun.
278 June 2, 2003 I wanna be able to speak English. Even though it’s something I’ve always thought about, it just recently hit me [that I really want to learn it]. What’s a guy to do. I wanna study. so tempted
279 June 9, 2003 A little while ago I went to see a performance by Mayumi Tanaka’s troupe,  Oh, Peretta. Each of their unique personalities crack me up every time. Mayumi-san’s singing voice is splendid.
280 June 16, 2003 Hello there. ‘City Boy’ here. I bought the futuristic card ‘Suica’ that you simply flash at the ticket gate to access the JR lines. And yet I never go anywhere.
281 June 23, 2003 I learned from a back pain expert that sitting Indian-style on a chair is the worst possible position for your back. But I can’t stop doing that now. Do I have to (cries)
282 June 30, 2003 What’s the deal with society revolving around high school girls.Grown-ups are supposed to be at the center!!!… Changing the subject, t.A.T.u are really cute aren’t they.
283 July 7, 2003 Can you believe how good the sculpting is on the figurines sold at convenient stores lately. The sculptor’s name is actually written on them; even toys are like fine art these days.
284 July 14, 2003 It’s the age of Akiko Wada. I bought the anniversary CD box-set celebrating her 35 years as a singer and it’s been all Wada, all the time since. Wa~DA Wa~DA!!
285 July 19, 2003 The Master who I worked for as an assistant 9 years ago, Shinobu Kaitani, came over to hang out. It’s been like 7 years but that guy hasn’t changed a bit. (so happy)
286 July 28, 2003 Lately I’ve gotten into that oxygen thing. You know, the oxygen supplement device thing. It’s so futuristic it makes me giddy. As for where to keep it…
287 August 11, 2003 Found a great ramen place in the neighborhood. The extras on top are crunchy and the soup is so flavorful I find myself going every week. (^∇^)
288 August 25, 2003 The Matsudo Bandai Museum. There was a huge Gundam there. The Cutey Honey stage show was neat and so were all the old toys on display; I had a good time.
289 September 1, 2003 We are now in the Age of 1.3 Megapixels and so it is that I’m busily tapping away on a brand new cell phone. Got tons of voice ringtones and weird applications to mess with. It’s fun. It’s keeping me indoors.
290 September 8, 2003 This summer I splashed in the sea in Chiba and frolicked in the forests of Yamagata. But now, the world is infatuated with a never-before-seen by human eyes man-faced-fish. I too experienced this creature first-hand.
291 September 13, 2003 The Odaiba Grand Adventure’s Going Merry will be dismantled when the event comes to a close. Again I’d like to extend my deepest thanks to all of the individuals who lent their energy to [making] the ship.
292 September 22, 2003 The pot we used for heating water that we had to physically pump water out of has broken. I nearly shed tears of joy when I learned our new one releases water with just the push of a button until a staff member said, “That’s considered normal these days.”
293 September 29, 2003 Currently prepping the illustration book for release. This time I’m going to have an interview with THAT person…!! It’s going to be me gushing like a fan again. No doubt.
294 October 6, 2003 One of my assistants informed me that eating raw egg with natto was just common sense but I had nary a clue. I tried it and the flavor was divine. A most righteous flavor of non-bogus delishness.
295 October 11, 2003 The One Piece Character Solo Single [CD]. I was told that Luffy, Zoro, Nami and Sanji[‘s singles] all ranked in on a certain ranking TV program. ∑(゚<>゚) This mean they’re gonna be on Kohaku!!?
296 October 20, 2003 Kishimoto-san’s wedding was fantastic. The priest’s broken Japanese during the ceremony was a thing of beauty. I see your wife looks just like Sakura.
297 October 27, 2003 I went to have an interview with Fujiko A. Fujio-sensei for the illustration collection [book] going on sale in November. He seemed to radiate such an agreeable personality, what a great guy. It was a lot of fun.
298 November 1, 2003 Was talking with someone about how Joshi Juuni Gakubo and Shorinji Sanjuuroku Bou sound really similar. Shourinji Musha Bou is pretty cool too. But the best is Arahan.
299 November 10, 2003 It’s cool that I can see readers’ faces with purikura. Most of the time they’re from the girls but sometimes I get ’em from boys. Makes me smile when I think, “So these are the kind of kids that read it huh?”
300 November 22, 2003 I saw a performance by the group who acted as the Straw Hat Pirates at JUMP Festa. The troupe is called Punish. It was a blast. Looking forward to your work this year as well.
301 December 1, 2003 I bought an enka CD!! The songs of people who have real vocal talent are a pleasure to listen to. I~ Lo~ve i~t.
302 December 8, 2003 So about the comment I made at JUMP Festa last year regarding A CERTAIN THING that made some fans cry. I won’t be able to get to it this year. Oh well, no biggie.
303 December 15, 2003 Had a ping-pong tournament at the house of Luffy’s Mayumi Tanaka with the Voice Acting Brigade. The winner was Mayumi’s son. Loser grown-ups.
304 December 22, 2003 Winter is the season when fish meat is most crisp. Speaking of fishy things, the other day the corns on my feet healed up.
305 January 5, 2004 Happy New Year. I ate some meat and my tooth broke. Gee, guess I’m just a little calcium deficient (ROTFLMAO) I get the feeling something good is coming my way this year heart
306 January 19, 2004 Thanks for all your work at JUMP Festa 2004. I love just chilling out in the dressing room at the end of each year. Even though I’m slacking off my editor doesn’t harp on me.
307 January 26, 2004 I finally went to Yokohama’s China Town which is someplace I’ve always wanted to visit. Lotsa Chinese restaurants. I couldn’t eat nearly as much as I wanted so I’ll be back.
308 February 2, 2004 Thank you for all the New Year’s greeting cards. I’ve also been lucky enough to get fan letters each and every week. Your support is what helps keep on my feet and moving forward. I’m very grateful.
309 February 9, 2004 I saw Usopp’s voice actor Kappei Yamaguchi in a play called Son Goku. The nimble and monkey-like action was AWEsome.
310 February 16, 2004 I’ve put my enka craze on hold and I’m into Ayaya at the moment. A ‘crazy holiday’ indeed. Like so~~~~ ado~~~~rable.
311 February 23, 2004 Alrighty then, I’ve caught up with all the work I put off until the start of the year. It’s about time to start writing my New Year’s greeting cards. I do this [to myself] every year.
312 March 1, 2004 I met Machami Hisamoto-san, Shidou Nakamura-san and Hiroki Uchi-kun at the movie’s press conference. Once again a really wonderful group of people [for the movie].
313 March 8, 2004 Interested in pottery lately. Those thick’n hardy-looking Japanese plates are really cool. I’d like to try making some ceramic art.
314 March 15, 2004 Nosebleed FWOOOOOOSH!! I got Valentine’s chocolates. Thank you very much. I’ll use that love to do keep me running on purely [the power of] love alone (・◇・)ゞ
315 March 22, 2004 Kazuki Takahashi-sensei, congratulations on reaching the end of your long-running comic. It’s no surprise that a comic which can be enjoyed by children all over the world is a remarkable one.
316 March 29, 2004 I saw the One Piece movie Curse of the Sacred Sword. I hope that kind of intense action which is all for the sake of a special someone hits home in your heart.
317 April 12, 2004  ‘Shimabu~’ just started a new serial in Super JUMP!! It’s a teen sports manga called Ring. I’m thrilled!!!
318 April 19, 2004 We held another Ping Pong Tournament at Mayumi Tanaka’s house. Everyone brought food and drink and we partied up a storm. Lotta fun.
319 April 26, 2004 Mega House from the Bandai label designed Luffy, Zoro and Nami figurines. They’re really top quality!! Amazing job.
320 May 10, 2004 The accessory-maker DECOLE is AWESOME! A great battle rages in conflict with my manly spirit whenever I enter the store which is teaming with females.
321 May 17, 2004 I went to see Sanji’s voice actor Hirata-san in a play. Dancing and singing in that kind of costume. He had me doubled over in laughter.
322 May 24, 2004 Seems that Children’s Day is actually a day for children to give thanks to their parents. But uh, not like you needed to know that or whatever.
323 May 31, 2004 A lot of people are working very hard [right now] in order for children all over the world to watch the One Piece anime. It moves me to tears.
324 June 7, 2004 A strange sensation went down my throat when I took a swig from the bottle of  tea on the edge of my desk. Mold was floating in it. I drank mold.
325 June 14, 2004 Been wanting to read some picture books from overseas so I went online to a foreign bookstore and ordered all the ones that had nifty covers. Turns out they were all novels.
326 June 21, 2004 Experiencing a Terumi Yoshida boom. No matter how you look at it, lately Terumi Yoshida is on fire. His Bunka Hoso thing and the rest are awesome.
327 June 28, 2004 In June we [finally] had a New Year’s and Sky Island arc wrap party for the anime. I’m extremely grateful to all of you.
328 July 12, 2004 The Going Merry will be appearing in Odaiba again this year! A creature from the Grand Line, Mohmoo, will show up too. Looking forward to iiiiit!!
329 July 17, 2004 I am madly in love with tuna. I’ve just realized this. Even from way back it seems like I’m always eating it without even thinking about it.
330 July 26, 2004 I went to see Robin’s voice actress, Yuriko Yamaguchi-san, in a play. The message was that the atom bomb is a symbol that war mustn’t be allowed. Struck a chord with me.
331 August 2, 2004 Played One Piece Land Land. It’s fun and the scenery etc. looks really fantastic so it’s fun just messing around with it. A must-buy.
332 August 9, 2004 Regarding potato chips these days, it’s surprising when I open a new bag only to find a smattering of chips. Would you please put some more in there!!
333 August 23, 2004 Kyoshiro 2030’s serialization has come to an end in Super JUMP. Master Tokuhiro-sensei, here’s to all your work on a seven-year series. I haven’t seen you in long time.
334 August 30, 2004 Wo~ah Shaman King is over~. I wonder if Takei-san will be able to do whatever the heck he wants now!! Here’s to aaaaall your hard work!!
335 September 6, 2004 The other day my editor ‘Habuyan’ brought his two-year-old daughter to my place. Said she didn’t know what a ‘Luffy’ was. I can do better than this.
336 September 13, 2004 Saw the stage performance of Sakura Wars. It was overflowing with Mr. Ouji Hiroi’s flamboyant extravagant taste. And the performance by the [members of the] Peking Opera took my breath away.
337 September 18, 2004 Went to see a performance by the WAHAHA-HOMPO. I don’t even know how begin describing their energy. I was still laughing on the way home. Awesome.
338 September 27, 2004 To all of those who helped us bring the One Piece anime to America, thank you sooo very much!!!
339 October 4, 2004 The old-timer from the fried cutlets lunch delivery place said, “I added some extra for ya’ special”, and put a ton of rice in my order of half-size rice. THAT DEFEATS THE PURPOSE!
340 October 9, 2004 The other day there was something I had to take care of so I returned to my hometown in Kumamoto for about 7 hours. Made certain to have basashi. [Regardless of the time] that’s non-negotiable.
341 October 18, 2004 The thing about cockroaches is when you spot one, unless you destroy it that very same day there’s simply no resting easy. Mega scary.
342 October 25, 2004 Yeah soooo, my computer was acting funky and I didn’t wait for I-san who always bails me out in a fix and when I tried messing with it the thing died. …how odd.
343 November 1, 2004 Was listening to some hip-hop on the radio when I heard the DJ say, “This is the real deal.”, only to immediately correct himself, “It’s da’ real deal ya’ll.”
344 November 8, 2004 There’s no expiration date printed on ice cream but, that’s ’cause it’s frozen so you can eat it a year later right?
345 November 15, 2004 Every year I learn that I’ll be appearing at the year-end JUMP Festa when I’m leafing through the magazine itself. My Editor Habuyan doesn’t even ask me. Not like I won’t go though.
346 November 29, 2004 I got so married. We received way more congratulatory envelopes than I ever thought possible and we are very, very thankful. I’ll still going to work hard to bee bzzy drawing manga.
347 December 6, 2004 Next March a number of special One Piece-related plans will see the light of day and it’s going to be a heck of a celebration. In the middle of working on it all now.
348 December 13, 2004 Made a cheese fondue. If you dig into one of those expecting to polish it off in one sitting your stomach’ll be bursting at the seams.
349 December 20, 2004 Bought a new microwave. One of the functions is an automatic shutdown when the item is warmed up enough. Unreal.
350 January 3, 2005 NEW YEAR!!! Last year was, hmmm I guess a lot of things turned out to be, well, ya’ know; but of course this year I’m aspiring to draw a fun and interesting comic.
351 January 17, 2005 Having all seven voice actors together for JUMP Festa 2005 with the cheers from the crowd was really powerful. I had such a great time [at this year’s] on-stage event.
352 January 24, 2005 Changing of the Editors. Habuyan, thanks for four years ob yur… Whoops, flubbed that. Thanks-bye!!… Seriously, I’m very grateful.
353 January 31, 2005 My new Editor Mr. Watanabe is the first who’s younger than me. ‘Younger’ being relative since he’s 27; I ain’t gonna hold back asking for your help!! Thanks in advance.
354 February 7, 2005 I drew some really cool pictures for the special project [coming] this March!! Had enough fun to make up for the six months I took off from drawing color pictures last year.
355 February 14, 2005 In Chapter 353 I mistakenly wrote ’12 years ago’ instead of ‘8 years ago’. I’m gonna sneak the correct date into the volume.
356 February 28, 2005 About that One Piece Punch Battle that came out last year. All the staff members who’ve been using it at the office are suffering from sore muscles. Bunch of weaklings. That includes me.
357 March 7, 2005 As part of the special plans for breaking the hundred million mark in sales we’re hijacking Shibuya!! And that means Shibuya is looking really friendly. If you live close by stop on over!
358 March 14, 2005 Nosebleed FWOOSH!! I got lots of chocolates this year too!! Thank y- munch munch Than- munch munch Thanks!!
359 March 19, 2005 If you go into the year’s movie unsteeled, it’s gonna make you cry. And the animation is really well done. The magic word is ‘Toothbrush Moustache’.
360 March 28, 2005 Seeing my assistants fighting over the controller for Grand Battle! RUSH is hilarious!! And I’m really happy about all the hidden costumes.
361 April 4, 2005 Had a parting with the anime’s producer Shimizu-san that I felt was incomplete. He took care of me on an immeasurable level. Let’s remain good friends.
362 April 11, 2005 There’s this kind of fish that I was never thrilled about eating when I was a kid. But now I think I’m starting to like it. In fact it’s delicious!! TASTY FISH!!
363 April 18, 2005 So I went outside for a bit right, and as if on cue for pollen season there were a ton of square-masked men about.
364 April 25, 2005 In springtime I get a lot of fan mail where readers declare their determination for working toward future goals. You guys have big dreams. I’m cheering for you with all my heart. Don’t let anything hold you back!!
365 May 9, 2005 Saw the Ichigo 100% anime with my assistants. That’s some really special background music. Very nice stuff.
366 May 16, 2005 The Straw Hat Voice Acting Brigade tugged at my heartstrings by giving me a special recording they made themselves on CD; and it’s the only copy in existence. You guys are the best.
367 May 23, 2005 Dragon Dream on the Game Boy Advance is really fun. Not sure what to make of me, the author, getting questions wrong on the quizzes though.
368 May 30, 2005 Heard there was a kind of mikan called ‘dekopon’ that’s a special local product of my home prefecture, Kumamoto. I tried one for the very first time and it was sweet n’ delish.
369 June 6, 2005 The anime has entered the Water Seven arc and seems to be quite popular but I’m still on that same series so on this end it’s like all hell’s broken loose.
370 June 13, 2005 Regarding cell phones as of late, they freeze up just like a PC. I wonder if this means they’ll start coming with [digital] drawing software too.
371 June 20, 2005 Really impressed by Mr. Toshio Asakuma’s sculptures on display in Ikebukuro’s Loft. I’m waiting for them to be sold. I want to be able to draw animals like that.
372 June 27, 2005 The iPod broke. And it’s been one year since the PC I used to edit the [iPod] broke. START FIXING YOURSELVES!!
373 July 4, 2005 I went to see Mayumi Tanaka in a play for the first time in a long while. As usual the troupe ‘Oh, Peretta’ was a lot of fun.
374 July 16, 2005 I saw Sanji’s voice actor Mr. Hirata in a stage version of Flowers for Algernon and was deeply moved. It was a remarkable performance.
375 July 25, 2005 Y-kun of my staff started tending to some flowers in our miniature garden. I wonder if they’ll actually bloom for someone as obstinate as me!?
376 August 1, 2005 I forgot to mention this but Murata-san, Takei-kun, thank you for drawing Luffy in JUMP Heroes.
377 August 8, 2005 Was on the 30th floor of a building when an earthquake put the elevators out of commission. My legs were cramped for two days after I took the stairs down.
378 August 22, 2005 After two years of development it’s finally here; presenting the cell phone hi-jacker Moja!! Check out page 13!!
379 August 29, 2005 I barged into Watsuki-sensei’s new abode. It’s a really spacious and clean place. Good livings means good work.
380 September 5, 2005 Went for a ride on Odaiba’s The Going Merry. I’d like to personally thank Matsuzaki-san from FujiTV for an amazing voyage.
381 September 12, 2005 Tears of joy [were shed] upon receiving a One Piece-themed Boston terrier from plastic modeling artist Mr. Toshio Asakuma. Thank you very much!!
382 September 17, 2005 The title of next Spring’s movie has already been decided. And I’m all finished with the character design work. Now all I have to do is look forward to the finished product.
383 September 26, 2005 Fighting for One Piece. It’s like a brawler, cool!! If the characters are big like that they’re way more impressive! Woooow!!
384 October 3, 2005 A fish cleaner I know who gave me some tuna cheeks and the flavor was out of this world.
385 October 8, 2005 Saw Final Fantasy’s Advent Children and was moved by the evolution of the CG age. Its beauty is blinding.
386 October 17, 2005 Mr. Children is truly, just incredible every single time. The lyrics from their new album are very honest and I’m soaking them in. Mmm~MH, they’re good.
387 October 31, 2005 The second One Piece omnibus [comic] will be coming out. I asked them to make it as cheap as they possibly could for you boys who don’t have the money to collect all the comics.
388 November 7, 2005 Morita-sensei was on TV. His workplace was so neat and friendly. Please put me on your staff.
389 November 14, 2005 Went to Roppongi. To meet someone amazing. They tell me I can’t spill the beans yet.
390 November 21, 2005 Here at year’s end I can only describe it as rush hour for a ton of neat projects I’m working on. That’s a shout of happiness [not of complaint].
391 November 28, 2005 There’s an artbook coming out!! For the customary interview I sat down with Mr. Yoshitaka Amano. What a pleasant man.
392 December 12, 2005 I like that [new] comedian who says, “DA-MNIIIT!” I can’t help but worry about the day he destroys his vocal chords.
393 December 19, 2005 Bought a shredder. Wa-hooah it’s sick. More…need more, are there any more secret documents!?
394 December 26, 2005 One Piece’s big Christmas event. I hear it was a huge success. I reeeally wanted to go. Seems like everyone had such a good time.
395 January 7, 2006 Went to Jump FESTA and thought about how funny the actors all are up on stage like that.
396 January 23, 2006 Wishing you a happy New Year. Went to a hot spring and a sea of adventure with some friends at the end of the year. Gonna be another year of thrills and excitement!!!
397 January 30, 2006 The movie, The Giant Mechanical Soldier of Karakuri Castle~!!! I’m serious!!! Please see it!!! To the theater, now GO!!!! It’s reallyfun!!!
398 February 6, 2006 The Giant Mechanical Soldier of Karakuri Castle’s director, Mr. Kounosuke Uda, is someone I put my complete faith in!! Check it out!!
399 February 13, 2006 I really enjoyed Noppo Takami-san’s DVD, “Grandfather Grasshopper”. It’s a remarkable song.
400 February 20, 2006 The week before last on the cover story I forget that Crocodile’s left hand was a hook. (laughs) No biggie, not like anyone noticed, right.
401 February 27, 2006 There’s nothing like hearing laughter from the audience in a movie theater!, said a member of the movie staff. We’ve spent a year making this film of epic proportions!! MECHA!!!
402 March 6, 2006 Since last year I’ve been inching my way through Animal Crossingon the DS. I wanna reel in a shark, I need the shark.
403 March 13, 2006 Nosebleed FWOOOOSH!! There were hardly any Valentine’s Day chocolates addressed to the characters this year. What’s gives, sending ME chocolates? My deepest thanks.
404 March 20, 2006 Went to see the movie!! I was laughing from beginning to end. But Nami’s chest jiggled way too much (lol) Really enjoyed it!!
405 March 27, 2006 I met Mr. Goro Inagaki and Mr. Kato & Mr. Yamamoto of ‘Gokuraku’ at the launch party of the film. We didn’t get a chance to talk very long but I’m grateful to you for lending your talents to the movie.
406 April 10, 2006 A collection of past One Piece omnibus [comics] are especially for new readers. They told me you can order 1-7 at your local bookstore.
407 April 17, 2006 Went for a stroll to see the new blossoms. Something wonderful about hearing the overacting of a baked sweet potato salesman while walking on a path with cherry blossom petals dancing to the ground.
408 April 24, 2006 I went to see Yoshitaka Amano-san’s gallery exhibit. As expected it was stirring. It’s definitely something you should experience once in your life.
409 May 8, 2006 20 or so One Piece characters made from Kewpie Dolls. A reader sent me them. They’re awwwesome. Thank you.
410 May 15, 2006 Been having hotdogs for dinner lately. Literally pounding ’em down. Packed away four while just drawing this week’s color page.
411 May 22, 2006  ‘Shinyappo’ Suzuki!! Here’s to your hard work on Mr. Fullswing. Quite a long serialization. Get some rest, okay.
412 May 29, 2006 This is terribly late but Murata-kun, congratulations on your marriage! I heard all the good news from Inagaki-san.
413 June 5, 2006 I saw Mayumi Tanaka in the stage production of On With Opportunism! Geez, I couldn’t stop laughing!!!
414 June 12, 2006 I tried the 99% pure chocolate that ‘Murasame-kun’s’ Itou-san has been attempting to get me to eat. BI-!!! SO BITTERRRRR~R!!
415 June 19, 2006 Watching bits and pieces of Stephen Chow films recently. What a remarkable dumbass. I strive to be an adult that focuses intensely on creating such stupidity.
416 June 26, 2006 The role of young Robin’s voice has been cast for the animation. YOWZA!!! Please you’ve gotta watch it!!!
417 July 3, 2006 Found myself swept into a takoyaki party with the Straw Hat Voice Acting Brigade out of the blue. Yuriko-san’s takoyaki is professional grade quality.
418 July 10, 2006 The staff is fixated on Monster Hunter. Seems their total playtime is 800 hours and it would appear they’re still going.
419 July 15, 2006 I attended the Serial [Comic] Commemoration Awards. Was a rare case where I finished my manuscripts beforehand so I could relax and enjoy myself.
420 July 24, 2006 Mr. Shoushou Kurihara, author of the comic upon which the [new] TV drama Uramiya Honpo was based on, has been a friend of mine for a long time. It’s really intriguing.
421 July 31, 2006 So there’s this console called Wii that looks like it’s pretty good for your body. I bet all the kids are really into it.
422 August 7, 2006 An attack of Luffy’s I couldn’t remember turned up on an i-mode search. Databases that fans make are so useful (lol)
423 August 21, 2006 I’ve been a fan of that testosterone-filled brawler series Tekkenfrom way back. I noticed it just kind of appeared on PSP so I’m gonna give it a spin.
424 August 28, 2006 Luffy’s Gear 2nd in the anime was seriously awesome. Sakai-san directed that.
425 September 4, 2006 A One Piece event at Shinagawa was literally overflowing with excited children. I’m so happy I’m a manga author.
426 September 11, 2006 I met this cheerful old-timer aged 71 years where I was staying in Okinawa and he showed me around the place for two whole days. Goya champuru from its birthplace was amazing.
427 September 16, 2006 I kinda broke my policy of not using toner for characters’ clothing. (lol) Congratulations! 30 years!!
428 September 25, 2006  ‘Ejirin’ from P2 is actually one of our former staff members. I’m thrilled! Go for it!!!
429 October 2, 2006 I’ve just gotten a Frenchman as a younger older brother. Big sis, Cyrille, congratulations on your marriage!
430 October 7, 2006 Recently I had an epiphany, ‘I put down three packs on natto today’. Natto’s so freakin’ delicious I just….’I CAN’T STOP’!!
431 October 23, 2006 The anime has stopped airing on some affiliate stations. I think more than contacting me, if you contact the local providers directly, they might be able to do something.
432 October 30, 2006 An RPG just came out on i-mode’s Moja!!! So this is how far phones have come!? Sick!!!
433 November 6, 2006 I’ve got a new editor!! Watanabe-san, thank you for all your work!! Kawashima-san, ‘pleasure’s mine!
434 November 13, 2006 Regarding Whitebeard’s original jolly roger that was nixed in the anime. Now I’ve been told I can’t use it in the comic either.
435 November 20, 2006 Next year’s movie will be about the Alabasta arc!!! I’d like new readers or even people that don’t know anything about One Pieceto check it out.
436 December 4, 2006 Had a party with the anime staff onboard a ship. Gonna try to express the kind of fun we had in my work.
437 December 11, 2006 The anime’s timeslot changed and the ratings are phenomenal. Anime really is for kids.
438 December 18, 2006 Oboro Tofu is ‘nomnomlicious’. Your ‘epic-cutie ‘ Oda is currently studying Shoko-tanese. Not really, just ‘lulzing’.
439 December 25, 2006 I think I worked pretty hard this year. I hear next year will be the 10th anniversary. Several projects are brewing that we’ve got under wraps.
440 January 6, 2007 I gotta eat a lotta mochi if I wanna finish the projects we have lined up. Looking forward to this year with you!
441 January 22, 2007 Totally forgot a New Year’s greeting so here’s wishing you very happy new year. Went to Luffy’s Mayumi-san’s place and ate and had a great time.
442 January 29, 2007 Went to the first of the [Weekly Shonen JUMP authors’] New Year’s parties. Boy it was good to see ‘Ejirin’ after all these years.
443 February 5, 2007 Tickle Me Elmo is scary. And yet amazing. Scamazing. Red.
444 February 10, 2007 Hello there. This is MyMix Oda. The MyMix-man who has been hand-picked in order to be allowed to read his friend’s diary.
445 February 19, 2007 I hope you’ll take a look at the movie on the official site for Episode of Alabasta. It’s good.
446 February 26, 2007 E ! I ! G ! A ! ★ Ei-GA!! M ! O ! V ! I ! E ! ★ Mmm..Ei-GA! Running from March through mid-April go and see it!!
447 March 5, 2007 The ‘Super Battle’ has finally begun at the mobile site ‘Moja!’ What’s this excitement I feel?
448 March 12, 2007 In a nutshell, One Piece Unlimited Adventure is a HUGE project that I’ve put three-fold the time and effort compared to other titles.
449 March 26, 2007 I heard lots of sniffles in the theater. You guys really moved me!! Seems like there’s a lot of men going to see it this year. Give it up for the movie staff!!
450 April 2, 2007 Atsushi-san, Yaguchi-san, Yama-chan, Shizu-chan and Kawashima-san I want to extend my gratitude to the movie support team!!
451 April 9, 2007 I got permission from Ken Shimura’s office before I drew the special comic for One Piece Yellow.
452 April 16, 2007 NOSEBLEED FWOO~~~~~SH!! This is way overdue. Thank you for the Valentine chocolates.
453 April 23, 2007 Went wandering aimlessly around the neighborhood for cherry blossom viewing. Next year I’ll definitely do it the right way in the right place.
454 April 28, 2007 Had a takoyaki extravaganza at the home of Luffy’s voice actress, Mayumi Tanaka. We ate too much and ran out of octopus. Nankai Yama-chan came too and it was a blast.
455 May 14, 2007 One Piece Rainbow! And the pop-up picture book! Really classy and amazing books. I’m completely satisfied.
456 May 21, 2007 The pop-up book project is something that first came up about 5 or 6 years ago. It’s a special book I’ve wanted to complete for quite a while!
457 May 28, 2007 The planning for the extra special events this summer are chugging along. Both are great. Start bugging your parents now about going to Osaka and Kamakura.
458 June 4, 2007 It’s a little late but congrats on your marriage Nishi-kun!! I bet your happiness will help you draw even better.
459 June 11, 2007 18 special pages in Volume 46. All diagrams of Sunny. I wanted to draw more.
460 June 25, 2007 In the anime, the parting with Merry, splendid job making me cry. YOU TOEI FIENDS! Makin’ me a wreck on a Sunday morning.
461 July 2, 2007 The messaging battle game on ‘Moja!’ is awesome!! Unlimited is really cool too! Don’t miss out!
462 July 9, 2007 Makogarei is in season so I had some. DELISH! Special thanks to Kojima-kun at the fish market who always takes care of me!
463 July 14, 2007 I thoroughly enjoyed reading the final chapter of Boobobo. Sawai-kun, that’s 6 years of hard work. So how about a break?
464 July 23, 2007 Try doing a search for “Yaguchi” and “Yamaken”. 10th Anniversary internet radio broadcast has begun! I know you guys will do great!
465 July 30, 2007 I’m considering burning some Balsam at the workplace. In celebration of 10 years I’m going to burn Balsam.
466 August 6, 2007 Went to the Kamakura Hijack. Was surprised there were so many people out even though it was cloudy. I also had a great time at the beach.
467 August 20, 2007 To all the authors, celebrities and production staff, thank you from the bottom of my heart for making 10th Treasures possible. It’s an amazing book.
468 August 27, 2007 Recently I’ve started up that ‘Rodeo Boy’ device. The tip-top of my ass-crack is sore.
469 September 3, 2007 I went to see the Universal Studios Japan Premiere Show!! What an awesome gig. Gotta see it again!!!
470 September 10, 2007 I finished checking the script of next year’s movie and wrapped up designing the new characters. Please look forward to it.
471 September 22, 2007 Pay attention to Brook’s voice actor!! I cracked up when I heard how perfectly it fit. You can hear him in Gear Spirit for the DS too.
472 October 1, 2007 I tried all of the Lawson x One Piece products!! YUM!! The onigiri is very marketable. Despite being HUGE.
473 October 6, 2007 I went to see Dorikamu’s 60,000-fans-strong jam-packed highlight concert of. I actually got to talk with the stars.
474 October 15, 2007 The wrap party for the anime’s Water 7 arc was great. The anime has already been going 8 years. Made it seem more like a family get-together.
475 October 22, 2007 The recap section of Volume 47. Where it says ‘Former Shichibukai’, color in the ‘Former’ part with a pen.
476 October 29, 2007 The au version of Moja! has launched and it seems like people are already enjoying it. It’s the same as the Docomo version. Have a look.
477 November 5, 2007 Changing editors again. I’d like to keep one editor for at least 3 years. Thanx Kawashima-san, letz go Onishi-san.
478 November 12, 2007 The original pages [we draw] are B4 size. Recently fax and shredders are all A4 size only. TOO SMALL!!
479 November 19, 2007 When it comes to matsutake rice the best way to eat it is: adding a lot of the cheap mushrooms, instead of only a few expensive ones.
480 December 3, 2007 The one-shot Toriko from last week was exciting. I wanna read it in serialization puh-leeeze!!
481 December 10, 2007 I had an interview with Usuta-kun. Actually, less an interview than a…a what? Gabfest? Seems it will be going on sale in January.
482 December 17, 2007 Inagaki-san, I got a fax-copier!! It’s so useful!! Have all the pros been using this!?
483 December 25, 2007 I started listening to the work of Torazo Hirosawa. It’s given me all sorts of inspiration. That’s all for now.
484 January 4, 2008 We find ourselves in the midst of a Kinnosuke Yorozuya boom. Of course I’m a fan of Kin-chan myself. A GOOD man.
485 January 21, 2008 Wishing you a happy New Year. Big thanks to all involved with JUMP Festa. Year after year the voice actors and actresses are so energetic it makes me happy just seeing them.
486 January 28, 2008 The advance tickets for next year’s One Piece movie are being sold by the truckloads breaking our previous records. Great news.
487 February 4, 2008 The anime has reached Thriller Bark and Brook’s Cho-san is superb. Check it out, ok.
488 February 9, 2008  Dorikamu allowed me to draw the cover art of their incredible single, “Mata ne”! It’s got some of my scribbles on the inside too; on sale February 27th.
489 February 25, 2008 I’m really sorry about that. I used my break last week to work on something you’re all gonna love next year. It’s going to knock your socks off. I’ll do my best.
490 March 3, 2008 Reports from the movie’s screenings are very positive!!! I’m dying to see what the viewers have to say myself.
491 March 10, 2008 So, Prince of Tennis finally came to an end. A long-term serialization that stretched over 9 years, Konomi-san, congratulations on a job well done.
492 March 17, 2008 The Chopper arc movie is a remarkable achievement. Complete satisfaction. I’m literally beaming with pride.
493 March 24, 2008 Nakamura-san from ‘Dorikamu’ wrote up his impressions of the movie. You can check it out at the ‘Dorikamu-buro’.
494 March 31, 2008 The final push!! Please bring all your fathers to see the movie. I wanna make some dads cry!
495 April 7, 2008 Mr. Takei has been working on refurbishing his original drafts since the year before last. Fans are gonna love the Shaman Kingperfect edition.
496 April 14, 2008 I realized it’s about time I started writing New Year’s postcards, so I’m working on them. Happy New Year.
497 April 21, 2008 NOSEBLEED FWOO——SH!! I forgot to say ‘thank you’ for Valentine’s [chocolates]! They were delicious!!
498 April 28, 2008 The One Piece mobile site Moja now has an online Othello game. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised by what they can do with these things by now, fantastic!
499 May 19, 2008 I’m in the middle of handling the story for next year’s One Piecemovie. I might cause some hiccups in JUMP but that’s because I refuse to half-ass my way through either job.
500 May 26, 2008 Was at Shaman King’s Takei-san’s place for a barbeque. I carved my way into a slab of meat from Hanamasa Butchers. That store is awesome.
501 June 2, 2008 I added a bunch of decorations to the back of my cell phone only to realize, that made it impossible to fit into the charger. LOL.
502 June 9, 2008 Yoshitaka Amano-san’s Vegetable Fairies on NHK is reaaa~lly classy.
503 June 16, 2008 Manga author hopefuls must have a blast reading Hettapi Manga Studio. If you read that you can learn to be a pro!! Murata-kun, do your best!
504 June 23, 2008 I couldn’t attend the Serial [Comic] Commemoration Awards. I missed out on some great party food.
505 June 30, 2008 I’ve been introduced to this coffee maker-like-thing, the Dolce Gusto. The staff and I are pounding down the joe.
506 July 7, 2008 There’s two of ’em now!! Onishi-san is now in charge of media and Hattori-san is in charge of the manga. Two editors huh, iii~nteresting.
507 July 19, 2008 The second RPG has finally come out on the One Piece mobile site Moja! I’ve been waiting for it. It’s gorgeous!!
508 July 28, 2008 I stayed overnight in Nagoya with the voice acting and anime staff. Eating REAL miso katsu is like having a completely different kind of dish. A delicacy.
509 August 4, 2008 This is the last week we’re accepting votes for the popularity ranking. I’m looking forward to the results this time more than ever before. I can’t imagine how it’s going to turn out.
510 August 11, 2008 I am sooo~ looking forward to One Piece Unlimited Cruise. As I promised Ganbarion, I beat the first game!!
511 August 25, 2008 And now Tezuka and Akatsuka, masters of their field, are both gone. Now that they’re gone we realize that the size of our loss is comparable to the North Star itself.
512 September 1, 2008 Ponyo, Ponyo, Ponyo tiny little fish, She’s a little fish from the deep blue sea, Ponyo, Pon-
513 September 8, 2008 The Shinobu Kaitani Pirate Crew attacked our office. What a nuisance. Come back anytime.
514 September 13, 2008 At a drinking party with the anime staff, all of One Piece’s editors, past and present, were forced to dress up in drag. You’re all disgusting.
515 September 22, 2008 Happy about the Luffy dolls coming out from Panson Works celebrating 40 years [of Weekly Shonen JUMP]. I’ve got a TON of Laundry t-shirts.
516 September 29, 2008 Unlimited Cruise. A fun series as per usual!! Even the staff[members] who aren’t into One Piece play this game.
517 October 6, 2008 I got a chance to hear the voice actors’ recording of the sailing song I wrote in the comic, “Binks’ Sake”. It’s rea~lly good.
518 October 11, 2008 Those of you concerned about the order of the comics [in Weekly Shonen JUMP] might be startled this week [since One Piece was in 9th place] but it’s only because I was late handing in my final manuscripts. Sorry!!
519 October 27, 2008 My former editor ‘Pooh-san’, aka Kawashima-san, got married. Looks like you’ll have even more of a reason to hurry home early!
520 November 1, 2008 So like my cell phone’s like ring tone is like Kevin&Paul’s like “Turkey Cock’n Roll” like the music video like so like totally awesome. Congratulations to JUMP for publishing like 2000 issues!!
521 November 10, 2008 I saw the Chopper movie extras disc with the video of them post-recording. Those guys… they’re really amazing.
522 November 17, 2008 Looks like they’re doing something to commemorate the 100th One Piece anime DVD. Also I finished up work on Volume 52.
523 November 22, 2008 A baked sweet potato vendor passed by so I bought one. The potatoes are HUGE now and they’re practically a delicacy like chestnuts!
524 December 1, 2008 We’re getting closer to “Binks’ Sake” in the anime. Don’t miss it.
525 December 8, 2008 After reading Akimoto-sensei’s ‘Manga Brain Training’ I feel like making a fresh start next year.
526 December 22, 2008 JUMP Festa should be over by the time you read this but right now the voice acting team is busily prepping their costumes. Wonder what I’ll be wearing this time.
527 January 5, 2009 The deliciousness of Krispy Kreme donuts is insane. Just what is it, that miracle in my mouth?
528 January 19, 2009 I had a horse steak for the first time in my life. It has a consistency different from beef and I think I might be able to run a little faster.
529 January 26, 2009 I had an interview with Takehiko Inoue-sensei for his manga exhibition. I’ve met yet another living legend.
530 February 2, 2009 Both of my editors had a baby. Neither liked my idea for a name, Thousandsunnyko. Congratulations.
531 February 9, 2009 Naruto’s 10th Anniversary!! Whew, you’ve got a load of work heading your way Kishimoto-sensei so good luck and congratulations!
532 February 16, 2009 I went to the anime’s New Year’s party. Comic, movie, toys and music, let’s continue to do our best this year!
533 February 23, 2009 While in the middle of writing my manuscripts, I realized that my driver’s license was up for renewal this year; and that the expiration date was the very next day. It was a mad rush but somehow I made it in time.
534 March 9, 2009 I saw Akimoto-sensei’s [documentary on] Jounetsu Tairiku. Because we’re in the same field I feel I might have a deeper understanding of his accomplishments. What a dazzling career.
535 March 16, 2009 One Piece Volume 44 won an award at Germany’s Frankfurt Book Fair. I’m happy they chose to pinpoint one particular part of the story.
536 March 23, 2009 I went to the world premiere of Dragon Ball [Evolution]. It was very ‘Hollywood’!!
537 March 30, 2009 The CD of “Binks’ Sake” has been released. It’s a very special song that will come up again in the main story. Please just wait a few years.
538 April 6, 2009 One Piece Unlimited Cruise 2 is out but you probably already KNEW THAT!! I wanna take down Oars!!
539 April 13, 2009 Nosebleed Fwoosh!! Valentine Chocolates have been most humbly accepted. And to everyone that always sends fan letters, thank you!!!
540 April 27, 2009 With the number of breaks I’ve taken for the winter 2009 movie increasing, I’m causing trouble everywhere I turn. I only have a few things left to wrap up. We’re making something big.
541 May 11, 2009 It’s the start of the new semester, made any new friends? It’s times like this I try to make my manga help create new friendships.
542 May 18, 2009 I’m terribly late with this. Neuro’s Matsui-kun, great job on your 4-year serialization. I’m looking forward to your next work.
543 May 25, 2009 Went to Costco!! Had a blast!! I’d love to go there as a group to get food and stuff for a party.
544 June 1, 2009 I tried out a new kind of manuscript paper that manga authors seem to be using recently. It was too easy to draw on so I couldn’t get used to it.
545 June 8, 2009 There are several varieties of G-pens. I tried some out and my favorites are probably Zebra and Nikko. No surprise there.
546 June 15, 2009 The 11th Serial [Comic] Commemoration Awards. In place of a trophy I got a real leather pirate flag. THIS THING CAN’T POSSIBLY FLY!
547 June 22, 2009 At last we’ve reached the collapse of the Straw Hat crew in the anime. We had a Takoyaki Break-Up Party to celebrate the event. Thank you guys for 10 great years.
548 June 29, 2009 Inagaki-san, Murata-kun, great job on your 7-year serialization [Eyeshield 21]. You’ve done a splendid job pioneering a whole new genre of sports comics.
549 July 6, 2009 Shopping by cellphone is my latest craze. Gonna get kimchee delivered straight to my place from a supermarket!! Yuuum.
550 July 18, 2009 I went to a Dorikamu concert. The “Mata ne” encore was reallytouching.
551 July 27, 2009 I spotted Toshio Suzuki of Ghibli fame in a random restroom! I’m sorry for the impromptu greeting!
552 August 3, 2009 The voice actors have told me that the reason the ratings are so high for the Island of Women arc is because they said, “…family jewels.”
553 August 10, 2009 They’ve got Flash screensavers on the mobile site Moja. This [news] surprised me at exactly 3:33PM.
554 August 24, 2009 Listen up all you middle school boys!! I wrote this winter’s movie especially for you!! Buy the advance tickets and shake with anticipation!
555 August 31, 2009 Really looking forward to seeing the DVD, This is How Ponyo Came to Be, when it’s released this December!!! I like this series [of Ghibli documentaries] better than the actual movies.
556 September 7, 2009 During Obon I went to see the World Heritage Site Shirakawa-go. Seeing all those houses with the thatched rooftops is like looking at the wisdom of people from long ago all lumped together.
557 September 19, 2009 Ele-kata is made up of nothing but trouble so I’d rather not bother with ’em but their radio program is too funny to miss.
558 September 28, 2009 It’s way cooler than I ever dreamed! I went to Naoto Takenaka-san’s recording session. Gold Lion Shiki is aweso~me!
559 October 5, 2009 One of the modelers who worked on the Portrait of Pirates series, Kuroiwa-san, has passed away. I’m deeply grateful for all of your work.
560 October 10, 2009 I couldn’t attend the wedding of ‘Daasa’, my very first editor. Congratulations!! I personally promised him that, from one man to another, I’d definitely make it to his funeral.
561 October 26, 2009 I’m dead serious when I tell you how cool it is. The main theme of the movie [performed] by Mr. Children!!!
562 November 2, 2009 Master Kaitani-sensei’s Liar Game is gonna be a movie!! Congratulations!! I had an interview with Kaitani-sensei by the way.
563 November 9, 2009 I got some stew and curry from House Foods which is taking care of some of the movie-related particulars. Yum!
564 November 21, 2009 Was on the radio for the first time ever. I really enjoyed [visiting] the hallowed walls of the ‘brick cottage’ on Toshio Suzuki’s Sweat-Soaked Ghibli.
565 November 30, 2009 I can feel everyone’s kindness as I continue to hear that the advance movie tickets are selling one after the other. I hear there’s an unprecedented number of extras [for buying advanced tickets]. Be sure to hurry.
566 December 7, 2009 Really enjoyed that interview with Sakurai-san of Mr. Children. The one in JUMP is just an excerpt. The magazine Switch conveys the full extent of it.
567 December 14, 2009 One of the BIG deals about the movie, I never thought he’d let us so I was thrilled when Mr. Yasuharu Konishi let us use that song for the opening music.
568 December 21, 2009 I’m late in extending my thanks to Kosuke Kitajima and Aiko Kaito for helping support the movie.
569 January 4, 2010 It’s the first time we’ve had this many moviegoers for a film so the entire staff was super-DUPER shocked there weren’t enough Volume 0’s!!
570 January 18, 2010 Happy New Year!! Forgot about that, the New Year’s greeting. The 13th year of One Piece, gonna knock this one out of the park.
571 January 25, 2010 Due to the popularity of the film some theaters have extended its run, check to make sure if it’s still playing and go see it.
572 February 1, 2010 At the end of the year I went to Mr. Children’s concert at Tokyo Dome. Nothin’ could match the excitement “fanfare” raised.
573 February 8, 2010 Right about now my editor should be watching the This is How Ponyo Came to Be DVD. As usual it was thrilling.
574 February 15, 2010 Had an interview with Takashi Yanase-san for the artbook. I’d really like you to read it.
575 February 22, 2010 The anime’s New Year’s party was at Chinzanso in grand fashion. That’s what 10 years will get you.
576 March 8, 2010 The musical that Yasuharu Konishi-san is in charge of, really enjoyed it. I even get a chance to say ‘hello’ to Shingo Katori.
577 March 15, 2010 The kids of my editor Onishi and a friend of mine are absorbed in Miracle Battle Carddass!! I hear things are fierce. They’re Generation Card.
578 March 20, 2010 Currently obsessed with ochazuke. Ochazuke With simmered shijimi clams sipsiiiip. With maikon seaweed sipsiiiip. Mustard green sip salmon siiiip sea bream sippip
579 March 29, 2010 Went to Osaka to see the final manga exhibition of Takehiko Inoue. I was able to meet Inoue-sensei too. The power of charcoal is remarkable.
580 April 5, 2010 I wasn’t informed that their expressions would be that erotic but seems they’re a hit given the flood of pre-orders for those mousepads.
581 April 19, 2010 At the Ghibli Museum I was able to hear the rakugo of Kosanji Yanagiya, and I was also granted the chance to meet him which was exciting.
582 April 26, 2010 Listen, you simply can’t afford to miss out on any of the foods that Hikaru Ijuin or ‘Gucci’ Yuzo introduce. They’re bound to be delicious.
583 May 10, 2010 Weather’s been all over the place both hot and cold but I’m glad it was warm for [the day of] cherry blossom viewing with the anime staff.
584 May 17, 2010 The special gift [sponsored] by House Foods, Chapter 0  theanime, is finished. And what a magnificent 18 minutes it is…!!!
585 May 24, 2010 Is Cookin’ Idol Main-chan’s voice her real one? Or is she lip-synching? Currently a hot dispute in the family.
586 May 31, 2010 When I catch a cold while working on manuscripts there is but one option: not getting enough sleep and making it even worse. DAAAAMNIIIIIT!!!
587 June 7, 2010 As an adult, going around in a training suit wearing geta will only lead to trouble so I’m getting a brand new suit.
588 June 14, 2010 I’m currently supervising the limited edition version of theSTRONG WORLD DVD. I’ve asked for a lot of special things so it’s filled with goodies!! Including some additional scenes to the main film.
589 June 28, 2010 Mr. Minoru Suzuki and soccer’s Mr. Nishizawa came to our takoyaki party. Soccer’s on fire.
590 July 5, 2010 The staff tell me they wouldn’t eat gyudon first thing in the morning. The moment I open my eyes I wanna dig into a bowl! It’s the advent of a gyudon boom.
591 July 12, 2010 This was the first World Cup where my assistants from work got into it with me. We had a blast.
592 July 17, 2010 I made a little reservation through HIS and they threw something extra my way. Now that’s a nice collaboration.
593 July 26, 2010 Moja’s ‘Card WARS’ led me to understand the appeal of card games. I see quite clearly now, you gotta use your head for these thingers.
594 August 2, 2010 I’m looking forward to seeing The Borrower Arrietty as a family. Can’t wait.
595 August 9, 2010 I found myself showered with One Piece-themed food samples. The chinsuko are really good. But isn’t the castella a little on the small side!?
596 August 23, 2010 The ‘Go for launch! Chopper Robo’ toy has just come out and it’s so much like a dream [come true] that it makes me weak in the knees. Think I’m in love. ♥
597 August 30, 2010 Usuta-saaan, congrats on wrapping your serial! As for me, now I’m gonna go have me some fun! WOO-HOO~!!!
598 October 4, 2010 The new stage!! I’m going to ease my foot on the gas pedal as I move ahead. It would be my greatest pleasure if you could savor the time and join me once again on the adventure!!
599 October 9, 2010 I messed up Zoro’s eye on the cover page of the very first chapter. The scar is supposed to be on his left eye. Ahahaha
600 October 18, 2010 Thank you for that amazing gift Bandai! Everyone in the office was applauding. Cell phone pic! Cell phone pic!
601 October 25, 2010 Won’t be able to attend the funeral of someone [that was very important to me]. I should have gone to see them during my break when they were still alive.
602 November 1, 2010 The rice cooker at the office broke and what’s worse the matsutake rice we were making was ruined!! What the heck, it’s like the rice cooker from hell!!
603 November 8, 2010 The special video the Mecha-Ike members sent me as thanks [for the picture I drew]. It’s so funny that it’s practically a waste watching alone.
604 November 15, 2010 I met Ping-Pong and Tekkin’s [author] Taiyo Matsumoto-san. It surprised the heck out of me that he’s a really composed fellow because I always thought he’d be a really wild guy.
605 November 29, 2010 I started watching GeGeGe’s Wife. Could it be my age? I’m not sure why but I can’t stop crying.
606 December 6, 2010 December 18th (Friday) starting at 9PM STRONG WORLD will be aired without any cuts on TV!! Boys of Japan, be sure to watch it.
607 December 13, 2010 One of my assistants lined up to buy some of those toronamadonuts that everyone is talking about. They’re good and all but…ARE THESE THINGS REALLY DONUTS!?
608 December 20, 2010 Isaka-san looking forward to workin’ with ‘ya as my new manga editor. Hattori-san is shifting to [the position of] media editor so Onishi-san, thank you for all your hard work.
609 January 4, 2011 Happy New Year. I can’t do much but I’ll do what I can bit by bit and give it my best this year too.
610 January 17, 2011 Up until the end of last year I thought that they still used red and blue glasses for watching 3D movies. They’re black now, huh.
611 January 24, 2011 The New Year’s party. Slowly but surely I’ve been able to remember the faces [and names] of the junior manga authors. Let’s all do our best this year too.
612 January 31, 2011 So there are these Schleich animal figurines I bought hand over fist in Hawaii. They’re selling like freakin’ hotcakes on Rakuten!! Even as complete sets. Those sales don’t surprise me though.
613 February 7, 2011 The number of Legos I’ve bought but haven’t had the time to build are stacking up. Legos are gonna be the joy of my old age.
614 February 14, 2011 We brought something new into the office, THE★automatic vacuum cleaner!! It’s really quite something!! We are now in The Robot Age…!!
615 February 21, 2011 I saw NHK’s Close-up Modern. Seems like it’s a pretty impressive manga, that One Piece.
616 February 28, 2011 I met the sculptor Toshio Asakuma. A fantastic guy who is just as charming as I imagined.
617 March 14, 2011 Went to see the advance movie screening. It’s a Toriko and One Piece beyond your wildest imagination. Theatergoers will love it.
618 March 19, 2011 No way, a One Piece Dome Tour! The staff are devoted to making it a blast for everyone!! Find a way to get yourself there. I’m going too!!
619 April 4, 2011 You grown-ups out there, do your best to make children laugh. If children can laugh, then all of Japan laughs with them. Stand strong and get to it!!
620 April 11, 2011 The Dome Tour has begun. Of course we’ve also got a charity collection going for victims. Please head to the convention center.
621 April 18, 2011 The manga collaboration with Toriko [from Issue #17]. I just drew pictures where I was told to. Thanks ‘Shimabu~’!
622 April 25, 2011 I’m concerned when I see Tohoku addresses on fan letters sent from before the devastating quake. There’s someone in particular from Tohoku that regularly sends things. If you’re okay please send me a letter.
623 May 9, 2011 There’s this brand of oil matches called AQ Match, they’re hard to light but they’re still pretty sweet.
624 May 16, 2011 The Fire King stacking mugs are really nice. Wonder which one I’ll drink my joe from today.
625 May 23, 2011 They said 120,000 people attended the Tokyo Dome event over five days. The giant life-like characters were amazing. Luffy must’ve had his hands fu~ll.
626 May 30, 2011 I participated for a bit in a [filmed] meeting at the ‘brick cottage’ of Ghibli’s Toshio Suzuki. It’s gonna be put on sale!!
627 June 6, 2011 I’m receiving letters from the refuge centers with all too real experiences of readers. I’m reading all of them. I’m thankful for them.
628 June 20, 2011 I was fortunate to get an invitation to a live show of SUMMERS. Boy, it’s not often you can laugh that hard for that long. That was fu~nny.
629 June 27, 2011 I was determined never to use the word ‘sweets’ so here’s hoping it doesn’t die out.
630 July 4, 2011 Got myself an automated can opener. I can open cans with ease!! MUST OPEN CANS!!
631 July 11, 2011 The browser game Grand World is up and running on the mobile site, Moja. Without stealing my treasure, gimme yours.
632 July 16, 2011 Whenever I find a mistake in my manuscripts right before an issue goes on sale, I keep my mouth shut about it and unleash a Don’t-Notice-It-Beam on the entire country.
633 August 1, 2011 There’s nothin’ that goes with French fries like McDees’ Bacon Lettuce Burger. I like to have one every now and then.
634 August 8, 2011 I am extremely grateful to former Editor-in-Chief Sasaki-san for so many things and believing in One Piece back from when the editorial section didn’t. Thank you in advance for future dealings.
635 August 22, 2011 Seems there are quite a number of fake Twitter and fake Facebook accounts around. I don’t use either so don’t be fooled.
636 August 29, 2011 ‘Kimutaku’ visited the office for our interview with MEN’S NON-NO. Now there’s an adult that’s packed with experience.
637 September 5, 2011 Rea~lly looking forward to the serialization starting this week from Ikezawa-kun, who was assisting here just up until recently; give it your best!!
638 September 12, 2011 I was able to buy a figure that hasn’t been released in Japan yet on the website Sekaimon!! This site is super user-friendly
639 September 17, 2011 My darling wife and Kishimoto-sensei’s wife conspired to drag me to a physical examination. The results were…
640 September 26, 2011 I was shown the Kaizoku Musou demo movie for PS3. The CG is so good it’s like Luffy’s actually right there!!
641 October 8, 2011 I received an invitation to the Dream Wonderland [Concert] which is only once every four years. I’m simply overjoyed.
642 October 17, 2011 The series which Taiyo Matsumoto showed me the rough drafts for when we had our interview, SUNNY, is finally on sale. I have rea~lly been waiting for this. I can’t get enough of this kind of world view!!
643 October 24, 2011 Everyone loves when a Chupa Chups tree is put up in the office. I wish they’d sell these trees online.
644 October 31, 2011 I was allowed to draw the DVD jacket for a movie I love, Jirocho Sankokushi. Please watch it!!
645 November 7, 2011 The new phase has begun in the anime. The new main theme song is a true blue anime song. No surprise that a straight pitch works best!!
646 November 21, 2011 I really liked that one-shot about dancing in JUMP from a few issues back. Take it nice and easy and please do your best!!
647 November 28, 2011 Saw an awesome cow at Mother Farm. I want it. But I don’t wanna take care of it
648 December 5, 2011 About 2 months ago due to certain circumstances I injured a ligament in my right arm. I’m thrilled that it’s gotten a lot better. My hand can actually move.
649 December 12, 2011 That reminds me, my family just bought a dog. I won’t care for it but it’s cute. Chihuahua.
650 December 19, 2011 On the radio program you can listen to on the home page of Sanji’s voice actor, Hirata-san, Zoro n’ Usopp show up too.
651 January 4, 2012 Happy NEW YEAR!! Apparently it’s the 15th year of One Piece so there are tons of special plans mulling about!! Gotta watch my health
652 January 16, 2012 So right now, the office has fallen in love with Satou Fisheries. Sheesh, just about anything from them tastes great. Just gotta be wary of the sodium.
653 January 23, 2012 I was shown the large-scale real-size sculptures for the One PieceExhibit. Man, are they cool!! [When it opens] check ’em out in Roppongi.
654 January 30, 2012 I thought “Ue Kara Mariko” was the title of a movie called Ue Kara Mariko ga Ochitekuru. Not only is it a song but I got the title wrong too.
655 February 6, 2012 Recently, for the first time ever, I’ve started seriously considering scrubbing the bottom of my feet with pumice.
656 February 13, 2012 Completed a painting for display at the One Piece Exhibit that’s 1 meter across. I drew it while crouching so my muscles are all sore
657 February 20, 2012 They’re looking for the ultimate One Piece maniacs on the Hoko x Tate homepage. Kindly give the editors of past and present a thorough beat down.
658 March 5, 2012 Had an interview with YASUTAKA Nakata-san. I knew there was something from the first time I met him but we’re cut from the same cloth.
659 March 12, 2012 You can make your own wanted poster at the One Piece Exhibit homepage. It’s really slick. Check it.
660 March 19, 2012 Started Kaizoku Musou. IT’S AWESOME!! And the One PieceExhibit is going to start in Roppongi. I’m so very, very grateful.
661 March 26, 2012 I truly enjoyed Kosanji Yanagiya’s rakugo [performance] at Ghibli. And I said a prayer for Moebius.
662 April 2, 2012 The One Piece Hoko x Tate airs April 15th. Let’s root for the representatives of the readers, the One Piece maniacs!!
663 April 16, 2012 The DVD they let me draw the jacket cover for last year, Jirocho Sangokushi, is out for rental now
664 April 23, 2012 Bunta Sugawara’s wife requested that I illustrate the package of his shichimi chili powder package. It was a pleasure to work on.
665 May 7, 2012 Okay now guys, listen up, holes in a wall or not normal. The staff is into hard darts.
666 May 14, 2012 Bakuman. It’s over. Obata-sensei and Ohba-sensei, here’s to all your hard work. It was really entertaining.
667 May 21, 2012 The judges’ meeting for the Tezuka Awards. Can’t believe I saw Akira Toriyama and Takehiko Inoue taking a picture together. Geeez, that was awe-inspiring.
668 May 28, 2012 1AM at the club ageHa. The release party for capsule was really cool.
669 June 4, 2012 The anime’s art director, Yoshiike-san, always gives me delicious stuff. Very delicious.
670 June 11, 2012 In the middle of reading Kingdom, on Volume 11 now. My editor Hattori spoiled a huge upcoming event [in the story]. YOU IIIIIIDIOT!!!
671 June 18, 2012 The Tezuka Award ceremony. Inoue-sensei, Morita-sensei & Tsunomaru-sensei. I was awestruck seeing this ‘Golden Generation’ lineup.
672 July 2, 2012 A 15 meter Shirahoshi in Odaiba this summer!? I’m fairly certain it’s safe to say they’ll be the largest pair of big-breasts in the world.
673 July 9, 2012 I couldn’t host it [this year] but lots of people helped cook at our takoyaki partaaaay and it was a huge success
674 July 14, 2012 The film in December, the various anime projects taking form at year’s end and the comic proper; I’d like to take on all of them very seriously.
675 July 30, 2012 So I bought a Hercules beetle. I named it Heraclesun.
676 August 6, 2012 Now arriving, a yakitori boom. Bonjiri is freakin’ awesome. Having it just-grilled over a charcoal flame is heaven.
677 August 20, 2012 The Premium Saturday ‘Episode of Nami’ is on August 25th at 9PM!! By all means please watch it.
678 August 27, 2012 Heard of Takehara Pistol? Y’know, he’s super cooo~l! Love to know how he’s so cooo~l
679 September 3, 2012 Obon means, as is tradition, Universal Studios Japan! I was exceptionally pleased with this year’s show. Thank you all!!
680 September 10, 2012 Went to see Nancan’s Yama-chan and Audrey’s Wakabayashilive. They were righteously funny.
681 September 15, 2012 I took a stroll through the neighborhood summer festival for a breather. In the middle of some yakisoba I caught a glimpse of One Piece merchandise I’d never seen before.
682 September 24, 2012 I’ve finally gotten the hand of making a good cappuccino so I’m messing around with latte-art.
683 October 6, 2012 I peeked in on the Special Effects Museum exhibit. I was blown over by the originals [on display]. The video was cool too.
684 October 15, 2012 It is incredibly difficult waiting to borrow a recording of King of Conto, which I forgot to watch, without having the winner spoiled
685 October 22, 2012 It’s not related to One Piece but I collaborated with the brand Dupont [on a design]. It was a valuable experience.
686 October 29, 2012 Fuji TV’s Hoko x Tate is gathering One Piece maniacs! This time for sure, please give the editors a thrashing!
687 November 5, 2012 It doesn’t necessarily seem that the One Piece Exhibit will travel around the whole country. Lots of good stuff to eat in Osaka so if you live in west [Japan], by all means, [please visit]
688 November 12, 2012 Since opening, the Mugiwara Store in Shibuya appears to be a success. Think I’ll check it out too, to see the faces of the customers.
689 November 26, 2012 The movie’s level of perfection is beyond my imagination. Any worries I had have vanished. TIME TO GET ADVERTISIIIIIIING!!!
690 December 3, 2012 Two weeks until the movie’s release on December 15th. Watch the trailer on the One Piece homepage with the volume on full blast.
691 December 10, 2012 Please let the color spread this week allow your imagination to run wild. A film for real men, Z, comes out this Saturday!!
692 December 17, 2012 When this JUMP is release the movie already be out. Everything aside, I just really want you to see the action!!
693 December 22, 2012 Video of that particular thing which connects to the movie Z is currently broadcasting on NOTTV. Being that it’s that particular thing, please check it out.
694 January 4, 2013 I’m so touched right now by all the people who have gone to see the movie Z. On OPWeb we’re looking for pictures. Happy New Year!!
695 January 21, 2013 I’m always busy traveling around New Year’s so I haven’t eaten osechi these past few years but I’m gonna have some now
696 January 28, 2013 The reactions of my editor and I when we saw the Kaizoku Musou 2  demo. “WICKED!! INTENSE!! NO WAY!!! SEXXAY!!!”
697 February 4, 2013 Plans to go to Huis Ten Bosch with 250 members of the anime staff ended when the flight was cancelled due to snow. We’ll try again.
698 February 9, 2013 Here’s to a former assistant at our place, Kurogane’s Ikezawa, for the completion of his serialization. [Meanwhile,] at Saikyo JUMP, Ando-kun’s taking off!
699 February 25, 2013 Bapti will be leaving after having completed five years working as my editor. That’s a lotta work. G2CU back Onishi.
700 March 4, 2013  Went to Dorikamu’s ‘Backstage’ Wonderland [Concert]. Masa-san’s a goof at the ‘Main’ [concert] and awesome at the ‘Backstage’ [one].
701 March 11, 2013 I met Kyary Pamyu Pamyu-chan. She’s got a strong personality and, as you might expect, quite a unique sense of creativity.
702 March 25, 2013 I’m really sorry for worrying and troubling so many people [with my sudden absence]. Even now I’d still like to think that I’m invincible.
703 April 1, 2013 Went to the Shibuya Mugiwara Store. Was really happy with all the gimmicky stuff [on display there] that kids love.
704 April 8, 2013 They told me the video game Kaizoku Musou 2 sold over 500,000 copies on its day of release. Whaddya expect from such a fulfilling experience!!
705 April 15, 2013 It’s become custom to have the Toei hanami party in mid-April every year. The petals have all fallen but I contend to you that, “It’s the thought that counts.”
706 April 22, 2013 I bought one of those big helium tanks for filling balloons. Gonna make anything I can get my hands on float.
707 April 27, 2013 Started Playing Kaizoku Musou 2. Depressed by the fact that the really good players keep turning me down for matches in online mode.
708 May 13, 2013 I’ve read every volume of the manga Kingdom which is in this week’s issue [of JUMP]. I love how it gushes with chivalry and manliness!!
709 May 20, 2013 I received an invitation to an AKB concert. Was blown away by the power of top-class singer idols.
710 June 10, 2013 I just want to thank the many people who came from all over just to visit me in the hospital!!
711 June 17, 2013 With plenty of understanding and kindness from the editorial staff I’m working on my manuscripts at a reasonable pace while heading towards a full recovery.
712 July 1, 2013 Being hospitalized gave me an opportunity to start using Line. Had no idea it was this useful.
713 July 8, 2013 [Went to my] first SUMMERS [manzai] performance in two years. Laughing so hard really left me full of energy.
714 July 13, 2013 Iced Cup Noodles are tasty. My favorite way to have it is putting milk ice cubes in the seafood flavor.
715 July 22, 2013 The Battles Without Honor or Humanity Blu-ray box set came out so I’m in the middle of rewatching them. Them’s some slick fellas if you know what I mean, fuggedaboutit.
716 August 5, 2013 Come hell of high water, the [annual] takoyaki party with the anime staff is a must!! It was a blast again this year.
717 August 12, 2013 My staff members and I have been screaming like kids at work playing NES games on pokeFAMI.
718 August 26, 2013 I met Jusaburo Tsujimura, a leader in the world of dolls [and puppets]. I aspire to reach that level of modeling strength.
719 September 2, 2013 I’m watching the Japanese reality show Terrace House twice a week. I’m not addicted, I swear! Go Daiki!
720 September 9, 2013 I went to see Kabuki for the first time in my life. Seeing it live was much more powerful than I could have imagined. I’ll have to do it again.
721 September 14, 2013 The Wind Rises was amazing! I can’t even describe it. The movie touched my heart!
722 September 30, 2013 They say that thirty-eight is a turning point in a creator’s life and that many suddenly pass away at this age. I must live!
723 October 7, 2013 I was able to go to the GReeeeN concert, and it was amazing! It’s like I traveled into the future!
724 October 12, 2013 I’ve been relaxing to the song “Tokyo” by a singer named Saya Asakura. So relaxing.
725 October 21, 2013 My assistants use Skype to play video games with former assistants. I barge in and play too.
726 November 2, 2013 I once had the honor of meeting Takashi Yanase (creator of Anpanman). I aspire to be like him when I am older. May he rest in peace.
727 November 11, 2013 The Olympics are in Tokyo in seven years! I’m excited, but what will Japan be like by then?
728 November 18, 2013 I went to watch All Japan Pro Wrestling on an invite from wrestler Minoru Suzuki. What a day of laughter and action! Yeeaow!
729 November 25, 2013 I don’t think many people know of it, but I started watching a show called Amachan. As they say on the show: “Jejeje!”
730 December 9, 2013 A few weeks ago I mentioned All Japan Pro Wrestling when I meant New Japan Pro Wrestling. Minoru-san, how embarrassing! Yeeow!
731 December 16, 2013 I got an iPhone. It’s all about the iCloud. I’m having trouble because my device is up in the clouds!
732 December 21, 2013 The shogayaki (ginger pork) boom is here! Let’s have it with cabbage and mayonnaise! Happy New Year!
733 January 4, 2014 Happy New Year! Last year, I felt like I abused my body throughout the whole year, and I was cursed for overdoing it. I’m going to do it all over again this year!
734 January 20, 2014 Being on the Jump Festa stage every year has been fun, but my manga aesthetic is telling me that last year’s appearance will be my last. Thanks!
735 January 27, 2014 I finally got to see the new Ghibli movie Kaguyahime no Monogatari. What beautiful animation. Japanese people are amazing!
736 February 3, 2014 Do an internet search for “One Piece Cry Heart Short” and check out the video. The quality is amazing!
737 February 10, 2014 The Dressrosa arc has started in the anime. Knowing what will happen in the future should make for a much different viewing experience.
738 February 24, 2014 LINE app stickers for One Piece have been released! Thank you so much to the Toei anime staff. I can’t wait to use them!
739 March 3, 2014 The new Sugar Rusk flavor Umaibo is so good! It doesn’t have the hole in it, but it’s still delicious!
740 March 10, 2014 Nose Bleed! Thanks so much for the Valentine’s Day chocolates. The sugar is powering the series!
741 March 17, 2014 I saw Kosanji Yanagiya do a rakugo (traditional comic storytelling) performance. It was the first time I laughed so hard at a performance of Sokotsu Nagaya (The Row House of Careless People). He’s a master!
742 March 31, 2014 My staff is smirking. They’re watching BABYMETAL on YouTube and smirking.
743 April 7, 2014 Once I’m done with this week’s chapter I’m doing a joint interview with Momo-chan. There might be a party. Wait, it’s supposed to be an interview!
744 April 14, 2014 I met Momoko Sakura for the first time. What a pleasant person! And what delicious homemade curry!”
745 April 28, 2014 I’ve become a man who understands the greatness of tekkamaki sushi rolls. The name is cool and they taste great!
746 May 12, 2014 As an adult I should want to use an expensive pen, but the 400 yen ones are the easiest to use.
747 May 19, 2014 For some reason, I was invited by my friends Sekai no Owari to see their concert. Wow, what an amazing perspective they have!
748 May 26, 2014 Because of Ryo Nakama (creator of The Story of Isobe Isobee manga), I keep wanting to use samurai dialogue. Darn you, Ryo Nakama…
749 June 2, 2014 I tried out a famous smart phone escape game called Doors. I’ll need to check out a real escape game next…
750 June 23, 2014 I’d rather be healthy but busy instead of on vacation and in pain. Sorry for all the trouble I’ve caused everyone on many fronts!
751 June 30, 2014 They’re switching out my editors, Isaka and Onishi. Thanks for all the hard work, guys! My new editor is Sugita and my former editor Kawashima is coming back!
752 July 7, 2014 I went to Hayao Miyazaki’s Nutcracker and the Mouse King exhibit. I was so happy to see new art and be taken into a new world.
753 July 19, 2014 The Taiwan One Piece Exhibit is a huge success. I went to Taiwan to thank everyone who made it happen. People are amazing.
754 July 28, 2014 I wasn’t able to go to the One Piece Escape Game held for those involved in creating it. (So sad!) I might have to sneak into one that’s open to the public.
755 August 4, 2014 I was wondering why Shibata and Ishiyama hadn’t been coming to assist me lately, and it turns out they have new series! Good luck!!
756 August 11, 2014 I started the One Piece Treasure Cruise mobile game after hearing it’s been downloaded five million times. I really want to get “Ace” and the “Happiness Punch”!
757 August 25, 2014 Taiyo Matsumoto’s Sunny volume 5 is a masterpiece! It’s brimming with artistry! It can’t be imitated.
758 September 1, 2014 I miraculously was able to meet up with some old friends. It’s funny how we remembered certain things totally differently.
759 September 8, 2014 The architect of my current house and my work studio is the same person! So Stylish!
760 September 13, 2014 I keep running into old friends. What’s with all these coincidences? Is my number coming up soon…?
761 September 22, 2014 The audition tape for the voice actor for Sabo was amazing! Please watch on 9/28. The voice actor for Sabo will be…
762 October 6, 2014 I was blown away by Amuse’s passion for the Tokyo One Piece Tower theme park opening in the spring. It’s going to be awesome, just you wait!
763 October 11, 2014 I was invited to go to a live performance by the comedy duo Nagareboshi. The “Giveneyland” bit made me laugh so hard I thought I would die.
764 October 20, 2014 I saw Yoshida and Masa from the band Dreams Come True for the first time in a while. Their youthful energy revitalized me!
765 October 27, 2014 Lately I’ve been getting invited out by so many people. If only I could go to all these events.
766 November 10, 2014 Colleague, friend and rival. I’m thankful for being able to be serialized alongside you for fifteen years. Kishimoto-san, otsukaresama!”
767 November 17, 2014 I participated in Halloween for the first time! My house is so full of party items that creating a costume was no sweat!
768 November 22, 2014 No matter how great the series, it doesn’t get the cover for the final chapter. Gotta love Jump sticking to its guns.
769 December 1, 2014 The One Piece Dance Battle phone game is now available in Japan. I had some reservations at first, but it’s actually pretty fun!
770 December 15, 2014 Bunta Sugawara, the greatest looking guy in the world with the best bone structure. Rest in peace. I have no words. I will draw Akainu with great respect.
771 December 22, 2014 We started a section on the Japanese One Piece website that features my scribbles. Sorry, they’re just scribbles.
772 January 5, 2015 Tokyo One Piece Tower! Kabuki! So many big events this year! Happy New Year!
773 January 19, 2015 I did a search with the key words “avex One Piece” and found 47 character songs to enjoy.
774 January 26, 2015 This year’s New Year’s party was full of youthful energy. I feel like this’ll be a strong team!
775 February 2, 2015 I started playing Threes because Ijuin-san said it was fun. Crap, now I’m addicted!
776 February 16, 2015 I’ve been listening to new bands on iTunes and agreeing with their lyrics. We must be from the same generation.
777 February 23, 2015 I met with Sayuri Yoshinaga for a certain project that won’t be made public. She was so pretty that it looked like she was sparkling!
778 March 2, 2015 The One Piece Nippon Judan! 47 Cruise CD is 1,000 yen, but it’s only 250 yen on iTunes. What a deal!
779 March 9, 2015 After watching a boring movie, I start thinking that I should have watched three episodes of The Walking Dead instead.
780 March 23, 2015 Tokyo One Piece Tower has opened! I strongly recommend it! You can enjoy a full day there!
781 March 30, 2015 I joined the Suzuki-gun of the New Japan Pro-Wrestling league! Now when my editor comes to pick up the manga pages, I’m gonna attack him with my art!
782 April 6, 2015 I met Utsu-san from TM NETWORK. Great guy, and what an amazing voice and performance!
783 April 13, 2015 When rakugo (traditional comic storytelling) artist and national treasure Kosanji performs Tokisoba, the laughs don’t stop! What a master!
784 April 27, 2015 I watched the much-talked-about movie Love Exposure. It really moved me. The director Sion Sono and the actors were amazing!
785 May 11, 2015 BBQKDN!! = BBQ no kisetsu desu ne!! (It’s BBQ season!) The charcoal’s already burning! Time to cook some meat!
786 May 18, 2015 I went to the beach for Golden Week! I figured I should absorb plenty of sun, but then I got sunburned. Ouch.
787 May 25, 2015 I went to the Naruto exhibit. The somber feeling walking around the venue thinking I’ll never see Naruto again… Priceless.
788 June 1, 2015 I bought an Apple Watch. I can use my watch to make calls or for voice input. But will I be able to do it by myself outside? (Laughs)
789 June 8, 2015 Is it true that a new type of turtle appeared in One Piece Treasure Cruise for only one day?! I missed the Guerilla Turtles that day!
790 June 22, 2015 Best in the world!! When I was a kid, I was told to become the best at something. I did it!
791 June 29, 2015 I went to a Mr. Children concert. Wow… It was awesome! The new album is great too!
792 July 6, 2015 I’d like to recommend to new readers in Japan the free One Piece app, where you can read the manga for free. The color pages are also awesome!
793 July 13, 2015 When I squeeze the soft Monimaruzu animal toys it relaxes me. So when I squeeze them while working I start to fall behind schedule.
794 July 18, 2015 Dunk some thick cuts of meat in cola, cook on all sides and let them rest. Today, I’m a meat master chef!
795 August 3, 2015 I went to the Summers comedy duo live show that only comes around every two years. I was laughing so hard that my face started hurting. I had to watch the rest of the show with a sad face.
796 August 10, 2015 I went to Kanda Myojin Shrine and ended up doing a collabo with Love Live! School Idol Project. How did this happen?!
797 August 24, 2015 Ennosuke and the rest of the staff for the kabuki play are really good. Worked really hard on the art too. I can’t wait!
798 August 31, 2015 Universal Studios Japan! The shows this year were amazing once again. Awesome productions!
799 September 7, 2015 Every single member of the band GReeeeN is shockingly amazing. I’d love to work with them on something someday.
800 September 19, 2015 I had heard that revolving sushi places were getting awesome these days, so I went to check one out. It was amazing! I want to live there!
801 September 28, 2015 For Obon I went to that famous shop in Uguisudani. I was blown away by the unbelievable atmosphere and artistry.
802 October 5, 2015 Heishi A-kun no Uta (Soldier A’s Song) stays in my ear. I mean it stays in my heart. What a wonderful song with a message.
803 October 10, 2015 The staff is addicted to the noodle snack Soba de Sky. We get them by the box and they disappear instantly.
804 October 26, 2015 One Piece LINE stickers that move and talk have finally been released! Get ready for the most valuable voices in Japan!
805 November 2, 2015 The One Piece kabuki!! To the staff behind the scenes and all the actors, I thank you from the bottom of my heart! It was all really moving for me.
806 November 9, 2015 I ran into Osamu Akimoto Sensei at the One Piece kabuki performance hall. He said it was his second time seeing it. I’m so honored!
807 November 21, 2015 I went to Naoto Takenaka’s show. It’s awesome because it combines video footage and live acting! It was wonderful!
808 November 30, 2015 I tried to see the One Piece kabuki show one more time before it ended, but it was sold out! Whoa!!!
809 December 7, 2015 Sorry for all the breaks. I’m working really hard on a bunch of things and eating oden for next summer.
810 December 21, 2015 I went to the Dreams Come True Wonderland festival that only happens every four years! That band blows me away every time.
811 January 4, 2016 Happy New Year! I’m going to work hard to make One Piece fun again this year. Because it’s manga!
812 January 18, 2016 I had my health check at the end of the year. It was a whole lot of stuff. I want to exercise.
813 January 25, 2016 This is Kochikame’s fortieth year. And yet Akimoto Sensei is still full of curiosity. What a cool guy.
814 February 1, 2016 Try searching YouTube for nekomamushi song.
815 February 8, 2016 I joined a gym! I’m working out once a week and getting healthy! …But it was all a dream.
816 February 15, 2016 I finally saw Star Wars! It was really good. I’m no longer afraid of spoilers.
817 February 29, 2016 Played a little futsal on a team with Sakurai from the band Mister Children. It was supposed to be for my health, but it almost killed me!
818 March 7, 2016 I started doing calligraphy. I never knew it was so much fun!
819 March 14, 2016 How can these LINE stickers created by Kanahei be so adorable?!
820 March 19, 2016 Kids, seniors, young people, men, and women. I’ve been playing futsal with a super-mixed group! Now my muscles are killing me…
821 April 4, 2016 I got to see the Nankai Candies comeback show and Miyuki Imori’s thirtieth anniversary show up close and personal.
822 April 11, 2016 Sesame soy milk sundubu (Korean stew) is so delicious I can’t stop eating it! It’s so goodubu!”
823 April 18, 2016 My grandmother, who got really mad at me when I wrote “I’ll kill you” in the manga, passed away. May she rest in peace.
824 April 25, 2016 Matsui-kun, congratulations on concluding Assassination Classroom after four years! Let’s be serialized together again soon!”
825 May 9, 2016 You fix things and then they break. Aftershocks are enemies of the heart. Please take care!
826 May 23, 2016 I sprained my ankle! My ankle got swollen, so swollen I had to work on my pages with my leg elevated.
827 May 30, 2016 The children who are victims of the earthquake are afraid to be alone. Of course they are.
828 June 6, 2016 One Piece Thousand Storm game! Please don’t kick me out of your group just because I’m weak!
829 June 20, 2016 I don’t have the courage to use “w.” It means “laughing,” right? I better practice. w! www!!
830 June 27, 2016 I went to the Kuniyoshi and Kunisada museum exhibit. It was supposed to be a casual outing, but I was so blown away by the quality that I felt small in comparison.
831 July 4, 2016 The new movie One Piece GOLD is done, and it’s amazing! See it in Japanese theaters starting July 23!
832 July 16, 2016 The playing cards you get with movie admission are really nice. But it’s limited to the first two million, so please hurry. The movie opens 7/23 in Japan.
833 July 25, 2016 Summer break! Did you see the movie Gold?! Wasn’t it awesome?!
834 August 1, 2016 I’m hearing a lot of good things about the 3-D and 4-D versions of GOLD. I better watch it this weekend!
835 August 8, 2016 I watched GOLD in 4DX. The shaking was fun, and the 3-D was at a level I’d never seen before!
836 August 22, 2016 Kubo-san, congratulations on 15 years of hard work on Bleach! Get some good rest.
837 August 29, 2016 The movie GOLD is such a big hit that the theatrical run has been extended into September!
838 September 5, 2016 What a surprise! No, I’m seriously shocked. I feel the same as everyone.
839 September 17, 2016 I could cry. Akimoto Sensei is free! He’s free!!
840 September 26, 2016 The Terrace House show is so good! I’ll never forget the drama on the 43rd week!
841 October 3, 2016 Kiyoshi Ryujin 25 is so fun. Ryujin, please do the afro again!
842 October 8, 2016 Do you know about Kenko Land spa? Is that heaven or what?!
843 October 24, 2016 Tsukune meatballs aren’t meat! That’s how I used to be, and now I’m an adult who enjoys them with ponzu sauce.
844 October 31, 2016 My staff was freaking out over PS VR. Then I tried it and freaked out too!
845 November 7, 2016 I ran into a lot of old friends at the KochiKame party!
846 November 21, 2016 Congrats on eight and a half years of Toriko, Shimabu! Go drink as much as you want!
847 November 28, 2016 A One Piece movie will open in China for the first time. The scale is massive compared to Japan!
848 December 5, 2016 I had dinner with Kishimoto-san and Shimabuu. These are my brothers in battle, and seeing them always reassures me. Twentieth anniversary, let’s go!
849 December 12, 2016 I had dinner for the first time in a while with Tokuhiro Sensei and Arkperformance Senpai. It brings back memories of twenty years ago.
850 December 26, 2016 Thanks to the radio, I’m hooked on Spicy Peanuts and Pingo candies. What delicious food!
851 January 7, 2017 A New Year’s video message from me has been uploaded on one-piece.com. Happy New Year!
852 January 16, 2017 I’m the guy who buys the leftover holiday food like the Christmas roasted chicken and the New Year’s Day osechi.
853 January 30, 2017 My editors, Mr. Isaka and Mr. Sugita, used to be best buddies, but now they’ve broken up due to a disagreement of musical opinion. I welcome the new team, Mr. Sugita and Mr. Naito
854 February 6, 2017 The new Year’s party was brimming with the Enthusiasm of the new, post-kochikame generation. Jump can be so awesome.
855 February 13, 2017 I’ve met famous people: Seba-chan, Janiota-san, Hige-chan. I was thrilled.
856 February 20, 2017 Last Year I stopped working out… But this year for sure I’ll keep doing 2 hours a week at least!!
857 March 6, 2017 Two hours of exercise every week gives me on whole week of muscle aches. Little by litle, I’m making my way towards a 10-pack.
858 March 13, 2017 This atmoph “digital window” is very cool. I hope they add support for movies next.
859 March 18, 2017 There’s an OP magazine comingo up at the 20th year anniversary, an lots of wonderfull people are participating. I’m honored!
860 March 27, 2017 So Line (the messaging app) has name stamps, and I’ve been waiting so long for a stamp for Odas… Whoever you are, thank you.
861 April 3, 2017 The Wanpissu run in Okinawa seems like it was metcha fun! Next year I will enlist for sure!!!
862 April 17, 2017 I’ve now found paradise in Rakubin (Rakuten’s Food Delivery Service). Our reception desk has become quite lively! Today i want some of this, and this one too…
863 April 24, 2017 April 30, 9:30AM (Japan time) is Big Mom’s anime Debut! Make sure you don’t miss it!!
864 May 8, 2017 Live show at the Tokyo One Piece Tower!! And our star attraction iiis… Greeeen!! The M.C. is… Mistaaa Ryu!! Check it out!
865 May 15, 2017 Drones these days feel pretty safe, so i’ve been playing with them at work… But now my staff is getting increasingly irritated with all the wind.
866 May 29, 2017 Kids on their cellphones are just breezing through it… Apparently if you can’t use a flick keyboard to write Japanese, it means you’re too old! Ok then, time to practice. Flick flick flick…
867 June 5, 2017 Spotify, Awa, Warp… Even music listening has to be part of app culture these days? (I use them too, though…)
868 June 12, 2017 Gatten Anime is so crazy I can’t hide my excitement. Gatten Gatten Gattenten!
869 June 19, 2017 There’s now an official One Piece LINE. It’s lot of fun, so please check it out.
870 July 3, 2017 I’ve started drinking the same protein shake as Gackt. Soon I’ll look just like him.
871 July 10, 2017 The countdown on the One Piece official twitter is pretty impressive. Look forward to what is revealed!
872 July 15, 2017 Words of support and memorable faxes from a friend who experienced the same hardships! [laughs] Thank you, Shimabu! I’ll keep working hard!
873 July 24, 2017 I hear the One Piece Magazine mook (magazine book) is selling like crazy. Look forward to the next two issues too.
874 August 7, 2017 One Piece Magazine volume 2 is now out in Japan. It’s a limited edition, so please buy it while you still can.
875 August 21, 2017 I’ve had help from so many people over these 20 years that I don’t even know where to start. I’m so grateful!
876 August 28, 2017 Congratulations on the 500th performance of the Universal Studios Japan One Piece Premier Show. This summer has been great once again!
877 September 4, 2017 Congratulations to Mr. Children on their 15th anniversary. The Stadium tour was the greatest, most powerful thing ever!
878 September 16, 2017 I went to see Cinema Kabuki YJKT, starring Ennosuke-san and Chusha-san. They were so cool, and it was awesome!!
879 September 25, 2017 When I was 19, helped with chapter 1 of Gataro Sensei’s Manyuki. I’m so grateful for the Chin Piece parody manga from last week.
880 October 2, 2017 Fake crab, unagi, kara-age and scallops are so good!! Eat up the desire to meet that challenge!
881 October 7, 2017 Summer is always busy, and I’m never satisfied with the number of barbecues I can have. I want to cook more meat!
882 October 23, 2017 If you’re gonna stop taking on challenges, then you might as well be dead! I’m currently challenging myself with “little sister moe”. Arent little sisters great?
883 October 30, 2017 I’ve gone to Kyoto three times this year. A huge thanks to all those involved in the One Piece x Kyoto collabo!!
884 November 6, 2017 Congratulations on the conclusion of the Isobe serialization, Nakama-kun! I’m not going down, but I’m looking forward to your next work.
885 November 13, 2017 His new album is so good that we’re gonna have a second Negabucji boom. You take the helm!!
886 November 27, 2017 I went to a GLAY concert. Even THough they’re huge, they never lost their sense of wonder. They were so cool and I had a blast!
887 December 4, 2017 The One Piece kabuki is awesome no matter how many times you see it! It’s amazing when everyone is laughing and the whole audience stands up.
888 December 11, 2017 I started reading a manga called Hibiki and I can’t stop. What a unique main character.
889 December 25, 2017 I bought a Lyric Speaker. I’m no sure how it works, but it’s so cool! Have a great new year!
890 January 4, 2018 If I could travel back in time, I’d wart to return over and over to a day I ate some delicious meet. Happy new year!
891 January 15, 2018 Last year was wild with it being the 20th annaersary, but there will be a lot of exciting stuff this year too. Celebrating 21 years!
892 January 29, 2018 You probably don’t know about it yet, but I’ve started watching Nigehaji. That love dance is gonna get popular, isn’t it?
893 February 5, 2018 Bob Epic Team. Hey hey! Are you mad? I’m not mad. Hey hey, Are you mad? I’m, not…
894 February 10, 2018 Oh yeah, the New Year party. I was relieved to see that Posuka-chan is still a weirdo. Good luck to all the creators with new series.
895 February 19, 2018 I met Katsuya Terada, an artist so good that he must be some kind of super demon! It was great to meet a person who has elevated being a practitioner of art to an amusement.
896 March 5, 2018 Recently, after finalizing each chapter, we watch episodes of Oh My Jump! and discuss the script.
897 March 12, 2018 The One Piece anime is now streaming on Netflix in Japan. It’s been 20 years, and the first episode still makes me cry.
898 March 19, 2018 A bunch of us started playing Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, but everyone around me is quitting so I’m accepting new friends.
899 March 26, 2018 I’m blown away by the rakugo comedy of the master Kosanji Yanagiya, the national treasure who survived his illness and continues to face off against his age and the comedy stage!
900 April 2, 2018 I got glosses for the first time in my life. I use them when I’m drawing detailed art or using my iPad. They call it astigmatism.
901 April 16, 2018 Strawberry picking! I’m shoving strawberries and ham into champagne and downing it. Yikes!
902 April 23, 2018 I smile everyday as my smart speaker tells me, with no emotion, “Looking good again today!”
903 May 2, 2018 I received the Kumamoto Prefecture Citizen’s Honor Prize. They’re gonna erect a statue of Luffy in Kumamoto. I wonder if it’ll stretch…
904 May 14, 2018 I received a Danny Choo Nami Smart Doll. I had seen photos, but the real thing is impressive!
905 May 28, 2018 I went to a Namie Amuro concert! I’ve never seen such a beautiful stage! I was in a fantasy world.
906 June 4, 2018 My first trip to South Korea. Samgyeopsal, kimchi, bulgogi and dark galbi! What delicious trip it was!
907 June 11, 2018 Ready Player One was great. Spielberg always gets me excited.
908 June 18, 2018 I’m enjoying that The Bachelor Japan season 2 has started. I want a rose from Oyaizu.
909 July 2, 2018 I’ve been wanting to see Cirque du Soleil for years, and I finally got to see Kurios. Just how much trust do you need to pull off those moves?!
910 July 9, 2018 BBQ season has come, so I want to have a barbecue. I also want to do nagashi somen noodles.
911 July 14, 2018 I received a rose from The Bachelor Japan’s Rintaro Oyaizu, so I’m thinking of becoming his bride.
912 July 23, 2018 My heart goes out to the victims of the flooding in Western Japan.
913 August 6, 2018 Mokkori Hanbe is so good. It’s a samurai story so it’s good for research, but I need to make Wano unique!
914 August 20, 2018 Had a meeting and then ate tempura with Marty-san and the rest of the overseas live-action series producers. Things ore advancing!
915 August 27, 2018 The show at Universal Studios Japan was hot-both literally and figuratively once again this year. Thank you so much to the staff and cost!
916 September 3, 2018 We’re releasing the Vivre Gard Illustrated Reference Guide! I’ve always had a special place in my heart for reference books. When I was a kid, the Gundam one was my treasure. Now you can experience my joy!
917 September 15, 2018 It’s been 15 years since I said, “Huh?! Kintama?!”. I wasn’t that off when it comes to Gin Tama. So you’re bringing it to a close, my friend. Great work, Sorachi-kun!
918 September 22, 2018 My best wishes to those suffering from Typhoon No.21 (Typhoon Jebi) and the earthquoke in Hokkaido.
919 October 1, 2018 I went to a Eikichi Yazawa concert! What a sense of unity with the fans! I saw the power of mastering an art and a man’s true worth on stage!
920 October 6, 2018 Nachos are good! I’m eating nachos, listening to Japamyu and drawing Wano.
921 October 22, 2018 The new album is out, and it’s already in my heavy rotation. Just talking about the awesome Mr. Children again!
922 October 29, 2018 I’m addicted to Ponkotsu Quest and bought the Blu-ray. Hammer, hammer!
923 November 5, 2018 I’m having issues with Kazuyuki Sakuma’s ‘Ghost in the Well” song being stuck in my head. It’s on an all day loop.
924 November 12, 2018 I did some pottery for the first time in my life. It spins around on the wheel and gets all warped. Then the teacher totally fixes it, and it’s done! It’s mostly the teacher’s work!
925 November 26, 2018 I’ve been playing Pokemon GO inside my house for over two years. Someone please give me a legendary Pokémon!
926 December 3, 2018 The Mr. Children live show keep powering up. The performance with the fabric and light was seriously awesome!
927 December 10, 2018 The soy jerky and dried squid they sell at the convenience store is too delicious!
928 December 22, 2018 I went to the Luffy statue unveiling ceremony! I flew to Kumamoto and watched from the shadows. Once again, thank you so much!
929 January 7, 2019 I met Sanma Akashiya!! What a fun and cute guy!!
930 January 21, 2019 We’re now on Instagram! Check out the official One Piece account onepiece_staff ! Watch out for fakes. Look for the blue checkmark.
931 February 4, 2019 There’s suddenly a dog boom! Everyone around me won’t stop talking about dogs. Dog boom!
932 February 9, 2019 After hearing so much about it, I started watching the Japanese TV drama show Unnatural. It’s so good! And gross!
933 February 18, 2019 Finely chopped cabbage with shio kombu kelp and sesame oil. It’s so good that I’m eating tons of cabbage!
934 February 25, 2019 I went to a Don Quijote store. What the heck?! They sell everything! I bought loads of stuff!
935 March 11, 2019 When I woke up after getting my chapter done, my family kidnapped me and threw me in the car! Huh? Hot springs?! Delicious food?! Yay, it’s the Health Land spa!
936 March 18, 2019 I’m totally out of shape, and I went for my health check. Guess what? They told me I was out of shape!
937 March 25, 2019 Matsunojo Kanda’s Wano Kodan performance was wonderful! He’s a rare genius of Japanese traditional theater.
938 April 1, 2019 It’s the season of delicious strawberries and editor changes! Thanks, Team Naikin and Osugi! Let’s work well together, new team Takano and Naikin!
939 April 15, 2019 It seems that if I don’t start exercising I’ll have an early death, so I’ve made it a goal to walk 30 minutes every day!
940 April 22, 2019 Someone recommended that I watch the currently popular drama Juhan Shutai!, which is about the editorial department of a manga publisher. Since I’m in the industry, a lot of the stuff hits me really hard.
941 April 27, 2019 I wanted to make that BE-BENG sound, so I bought a biwa instrument. I can only play the hit song “Lemon” so far. Yeah, right!
942 May 13, 2019 I went on a one-day trip down to Kumamoto for the Tokyo Girls Collection event. Thank you for having me!
943 May 27, 2019 Does the fact that I’ve bought Isekai Ojisan volume 2 mean that I’ve become addicted to this manga?
944 June 3, 2019 The Aoharu Cup Noodles commercial is awesome! Thank you to everyone involved! Keep it up!
945 June 10, 2019 I finished reading Glass Mask, so now I’m reading Rose of Versailles. Oscar was a woman?!
946 June 24, 2019 I went to my first Yuzu concert. It’s amazing that two people with their guitars can create that much energy.
947 July 1, 2019 Yama-chan’s wedding announcement press conference and the radio show were totally perfect! Congratulations from the bottom of my heart!
948 July 8, 2019 I was like, “What’s so good about tapioca milk tea?” But the one from Gong Cha is super delicious!
949 July 22, 2019 Boichi-san’s superintense One Piece! Wow, it’s so awesome! I’m so grateful. Super thanks!
950 June 29, 2019 I’ve been watching a ton of Pmaru-sama’s Nackey series and Gerradon’s Kisaragi Maron videos.
951 Aug 5, 2019 Friday, August 9! He’s in it! She’s in it! The all-star movie Stampede opens in Japan!
952 Aug 19, 2019 I went to a spin class in the dark. I got so tired that it actually affected my drawing. Whoa… ♩
953 Aug 26, 2019 I met the Fischer’s. They’re so popular from YouTube! What a polite and great group of people!
954 Sept 2, 2019 I learned how to make a cake roll from Koyama-san, the top chocolatier in the world. I also ate his roll, and it tasted like happiness!
955 Sept 14, 2019 The Mewtwo Raid Hour is coming on 9/17 (Japan time)! With a color variant! Please don’t look for me.
956 Sept 21, 2019 Glay’s summer live show was awesome! Like a festival! Not that I’ve ever been to a music festival!
957 Sept 30, 2019 The Bachelor Japan season 3 started, so I have another thing to look forward to after I finish my chapters. I like the grape girl.
958 Oct 7, 2019 Hold on, summer!! I’ve only done three barbecues, and we’re already getting close to the end of the year.”
959 Oct 21, 2019 In order to draw the festival scenes, I’m listening to traditional festival music from all over the country. I haven’t had candy apple this year yet!
960 Oct 28, 2019 I want to eat an infinite amount of the Maru-chan Paripari Infinite Cabbage snack. Uh-oh!
961 Oct 2, 2019 The Gatebox arrived. It’s the future! Having holographic fish swimming around my room is my dream.

Source: The Grand Line, MangaPlus, viva_cmpunker

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