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If you’ve ever wondered how much money you’d make creating the biggest-selling manga ever in Japan, the answer is a lot. Good.

Eiichiro Oda doesn’t sleep. The dude works hard. He seems to truly love creating One Piece.

A couple years back Japanese TV show Baka Furi looked into this and reported that Oda probably makes 3.1 billion yen (US$26 million) a year. Not bad! This figure was based on calculations that the show did, factoring in royalties, income earned from international licensing and character goods.

With the insane hours he pulls, I doubt he’s doing it for the money, because goodness knows he doesn’t have much free time to spend it.

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Top image: Baka Furi via NWK News

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