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One Piece Might Last Another Decade

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For those worried that One Piece might be ending sooner rather than later, don't be. In a recent interview, the manga's creator, Eiichiro Oda, says he won't be slowing down anytime soon.

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"After 17 years, after more and more new characters being created in the story, I couldn't stop inspiration coming into my head," Oda told ChinaTimes (via OPForum). "I think I can continue drawing for another decade."

Oda then added that new characters will be joining the One Piece crew.

The famed manga creator's busy work schedule is rather infamous. In 2012, Oda said he slept from 2am to 5am, spending his waking hours hard at work on One Piece. "I have no days off," he said at the time. "If I had them, I'd want to go on vacation with my family. I just want to go outside, it doesn't matter where. See, I don't get out much."

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In the recent ChinaTimes interview, Oda added, "As I'm getting older, I've slightly adjusted my sleep time. I go to bed at 8 (morning) and wake up at 12 (noon), making sure that I have 4 hours of sleep. Don't need to worry about my health, it's all fine now."

尾田栄一郎:航海王冒險再10年 [ChinaTimes via rio poneglyph@One Piece Forum]

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I just don't know why One Piece doesn't click with me. I've tried multiple times to get back into it (I hate admitting it, but the most I liked it was back when 4kids introduced it, but then I was alot younger then), but everytime I try and start the manga at the beginning or catch up with it on Toonami, I get bored quite a few chapters/episodes in and give up. I always hear that One Piece isn't a filler-tastic series where you can just skip around, but I'm just not feeling attached too it. But everytime I read up reactions to One Piece, it's always seems to be hailed as this perfect series that does no wrong unlike the other big ones (which the only one I'm paying any mind to is Naruto just because its ending soon). Am I approaching it with the wrong view point? Are there some things I should actually skip to get to the parts that will hook me? Am I just a freak? It's such a strange feeling not knowing why I don't like this critically acclaimed and commercially successful franchise.