One Piece Magazine Vol. 1: Interview with Eiichiro Oda

Huge thanks to sandman for the interview’s translation and notes, which are as following:

  • Oda enjoys talking with young assistants, since they are familiar with trends.
  • He loves movies and documentaries. For each movie, he analyzes why people enjoy the particular film.
  • Oda himself doesn’t know much about recent games. Therefore, Oda tells his assistants to spend his studio’s money on buying new games.
  • Oda prefers collecting information to sleeping. He even says that he wants to become a robot, who doesn’t need any sleep.
  • He takes care of his neck and back via chiropractic.
  • Oda is very confident that he will not die from overwork, since he doesn’t feel stressed at all when he is drawing manga. He says that he feels exhausted, when there are too many things to do other than working on the manga.
  • Oda has never experienced a callus that was caused by too many drawings.
  • Oda tells his editors that he will take care of their family, if any particular editor is suffering from an illness or an injury due to overwork.
  • He has been encouraging victims from earthquakes by drawing illustrations, but at the same time, he feels that it might be meaningless if the victims are hungry.
  • Oda sometimes skips drawing trivial stuff these days, for example Pandaman, since his eyesight is getting weaker.
  • Oda needs to refer to his notebooks, when he’s looking for details concerning the One Pieceworld.
  • He is glad that Shueisha allows him to take more breaks these days. He goes to visit foreign countries, including Singapore, Hawaii, Guam etc., at least once in a year.
  • Oda wants to go on a round-the-world trip, when One Piece is finished. He says that he would like to visit Asian countries such as India. He also says that he wants to take a break during One Piece‘s serialization to visit world heritages, which require physical strength to go. He wants to visit various countries by the time he’s 50 years old.
  • What Oda wants most now is the Floating Seahorse in Dubai, since he will be able to see fish outside the window.
  • He has a longing for sea and snow since his childhood, because he lived in southern mountain areas in Japan.

Once again, thanks to sandman for his notes.

The magazine’s 2nd volume will be available in stores on August 4.

SOURCE: One Piece magazine – volume 1 (CDJapanAmazon Japan)

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