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One Piece Creator On Drawing Boobs

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Eiichiro Oda, workaholic and One Piece creator, was asked how to draw the curvy bodies of the characters in his famed manga and anime.

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As noted on 2ch, the first question, actually, was whether or not Nico Robin’s first name, Nico, explicitly meant “ニ個” (literally, “niko”, or here “two round spheres”), because of her breasts. Oda replied no.

[Image: 2ch]
[Image: 2ch]
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Continuing in this line of questions, the next question asked Oda how he drew the One Piece women. He replied, “The women’s proportions are three circles and one X. Please think and draw this way.”

Oda, however, added words of caution, saying that if you draw these body types a bunch, it’s necessary to be prepared to receive critical letters from women readers. Fair enough!

In One Piece, the body types—men and women—are exaggerated and overblown. They’re physical hyperboles. So, those criticisms, warranted or not, don’t address what keeps readers coming back, which is how the characters interact and the stories that Oda tells.

Top image via nifty

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Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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If he uses the same technique “three circles and an X” for every single woman, no wonder they’ve all been looking the same. That’s my main issue. All the guys look massively different, but most of the women look exactly the same