The man behind the most successful manga series to have been published by Weekly Shonen Jump, One Piece. Casual fans enjoy his work, dedicated fans love and adore him, and die-hard fans call him god. We dedicate this article to the mastermind Eiichiro Oda. How much do you know about him? How much more would you want to know about him? We’ll tell you 10 things you should know about Eiichiro Oda!
05 – Oda Is A Fan Of…
We are huge fans of Oda, right? But who is Oda a fan of? Well, we’ll inform you who Oda is a fan of and what Oda loves when it comes to movies, food, etc.
- He highly respects mangaka Hiroyuki Takei.
- He is a huge fan of rapper Eminem.
- He is a fan of singers Avril Lavigne, Bryan Adams, Izumi Katou and Brook Benton.
- His favorite music is ’70s Soul Music
- He is a fan of the following directors, actors & actress: Quentin Tarantino, Tim Burton, Akira Kurosawa, Hayao Miyazaki and Baz Luhrmann.
- He likes Hayao Miyazaki’s animated works.
- He is a fan of the Dragon Quest game series.
- His top three favorite movies are: Seven Samurai, Young Guns and Nightmare Before Christmas.
- His favorite real pirate is Blackbeard (Edward Teach).
- He is a fan of Mexican Food.
- He wishes to visit Mongolia, Maldives and India at least once.
- His favorite animals are big, gentle dogs.
- He is not a fan of television programs, but likes comedy shows.
- He is a fan of Westerns movie genre.
04 – Eiichiro Oda’s Dedication To One Piece And His Fans
With the series now going on for more than 15 years, it’s given that Oda is dedicated to the series as well as the fans who support him. But did you know to what extent his dedication goes to? Well, if you though his dedication ended with just working 21 hours a day, 6 days a week, you are wrong! When Eiichiro Oda was hospitalized in 2013, Masashi Kishimoto (Naruto’s mangaka) visited him at the hospital and witnessed Oda drawing next chapters of One Piece while being bedridden!
That’s right, even being bedridden doesn’t stop him from working on One Piece, the only way to keep him away is to knock him out with really strong sleeping gas! If that isn’t dedication, then I frankly don’t know what is. And it isn’t because Eiichiro Oda needs to work, he earns approximately 2 Billion Yen (about 25 million U.S Dollars) from the royalties related to One Piece each year! He doesn’t need to work, it’s just his dedication that keeps driving him forward even at a place he ought to rest!
03 – Eiichiro Oda Has Received Death Threats
If you thought mangakas were safe from death threats… think again! Yep, in 2007 Eiichiro Oda received not one or two, but roughly one hundredthreats (via e-mail) from a woman between September to December.
The woman’s husband was an assistant at Oda’s office who had been dismissed, the woman was arrested in 2009. Well what did we learn from that? Crazed wives of ex-assistants are scary… yep.
02 – Eiichiro Oda’s Future Plans
We all know One Piece is going to come to an end sometime in the future, what does Oda have planned after One Piece ends? Is he going to retire and live the rest of his life comfortably? No!
Eiichiro Oda had stated that he would want to create a robot (mecha) manga after One Piece finishes, however he later stated that after One Piece finishes he would like to take the same path Toriyama did and create short-story manga. Once a mangaka, always a mangaka!
01 – Eiichiro Oda’s Apology For A 2 Week Hiatus Due To Hospitalization 
Probably something every One Piece fan needs to absolutely know. Eiichiro Oda was hospitalized and treated for peritonsillar abscess, One Piece was put on hiatus for 2 weeks, in #04 we showed his dedication drawing while bedridden, but his dedication to his fans just doesn’t stop there. He issued an apology for making fans wait “2 weeks” to continue reading One Piece and the adventures of Straw Hat Pirates. This is the complete extract of the apology:
“I messed up! I put up with my illness for too long, and my condition got worse. I apologize to all the readers who were looking forward to the next chapters, as well as to all the Straw Hats who were really looking forward to wreaking some havoc. But I’m currently going through some painful treatment. The story was just about to take a new turn, so I really really wanted you all to read the next chapter as soon as possible. I know how long two weeks can feel for all the shonen out there, but please wait for just a bit longer.”