"Die For One Piece," Says Creator Eiichiro Oda

[Image: Toei]
[Image: Toei]

One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda has a crazy work schedule. He barely sleeps. Most of his day is spent doing the manga, so if you are going to work with him, he wants you to be willing to die for it.


In an One Piece Gold interview uploaded by 2ch, former One Piece manga editor Naoki Kawashima recounted how hard Oda works. “The thing I remember most when I took over [as editor] was Oda telling me, ‘Die for One Piece,’” Kawashima said with a laugh. Oda was serious! To edit the manga, Kawashima needed to be prepared to work that hard on it.

“Because, in fact, Oda is that resolute in drawing the manga,” Kawashima added. “At that time he when he said those words to me, I was like, ‘woah, really?’” However, he was moved by what Oda said.

Probably more amazing than his schedule is that even after all the sales and after all the money Oda has made, he hasn’t gotten soft. He’s still hungry. He’s still pushing himself as hard as he can, killing himself for that manga, and leading by example. No doubt, he has high expectations of himself and of his staff.

That being said, the dude should sleep more.

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He probably doesn’t even know what the One Piece is even though he says he does. He’s just going to keep extending the manga until he finally does succumb to the sweet release of death and that way no one will ever find out what it is because he doesn’t know either. I mean by now, whatever it is, has to be a let down for some people. If you’re going to take us on a journey this long, it HAS to be good enough to justify it. I just don’t see how whatever it is can pay off after such a long, grandiose adventure.

Imagine if Hitchhiker’s guide to the Galaxy’s adventure spanned 20 years and then at the end the answer to the Ultimate Question of life, the Universe, and Everything is....42. Now put that into One Piece’s adventure, whatever it is, if Oda really knows, is not going to be this big, amazing reveal. It’s going to bum out a lot of people. Oda will die before One Piece ends, I guarantee it.