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Back in 2012, Kotaku reported how One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda barely got any sleep. Fast forward to 2015. Oda is showing no sign of slowing down.

Previously, Oda said he was getting around three hours of sleep on average with zero holidays.

According to a recent magazine article (via 2ch), which details Oda’s schedule, the famed manga artist still goes to bed at 2am and gets up at 5am. That’s three hours of sleep! Everyday! Without a day off! Holy fuck that’s a rough schedule. And apparently, Oda isn’t stopping any time soon. One Piece could last another decade.

In case you are interested, here’s how his weekly schedule looks: From Monday to Wednesday, Oda works on the story, the dialogue, and uses very very rough sketches to work out the flow of the manga. Then, from Thursday to Saturday, he and his assistants begin the actual drawing. On Sunday, they do any color work that’s necessary, such as the kind of images you see on manga covers.

The breaks he gets are to eat, sleep, and, I imagine, visit his shark toilet. This dude is hardcore. As you enjoy that manga, try not to imagine the toll this must be taking on his body. Focus on the pirates and the friendship. That’s all.

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