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12-15-09, 5:18 AM

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According to Natalie, Oda Eiichiro's interview was published in AERA magazine on December 14th. In the interview, he said he decided not to create full length manga other than One Piece. He thinks One Piece should be for shonen and he wrote the story under restrictions such as:

    No romance
    Avoid scenes of murder and deaths
    A happy party comes after each battle


Last month, Oda said the story reached the climax of its middle stages by the volume 55.

Sources: Natalie, Asahi.com
 
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12-15-09, 5:23 AM

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Considering the manga won't likely end efore his death,yes


Thats not surprising.
 
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12-15-09, 5:24 AM

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no romance = thank God...
i dont wanna see smth like naruto here..
it ruins the show)
 
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12-15-09, 5:36 AM

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Fai said:
Considering the manga won't likely end efore his death,yes


Thats not surprising.



Exactly my thoughts

smokes said:
no romance = thank God...
i dont wanna see smth like naruto here..
it ruins the show)


Romance done well can greatly improve a story
 
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12-15-09, 5:39 AM

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Fai said:
Considering the manga won't likely end efore his death,yes


Thats not surprising.

my thoughts exactly.
 
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12-15-09, 6:08 AM

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At least we know something it took 12 years to reach the middle of the story of the manga,we could read the last chapter in 2021 (happy)
 
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12-15-09, 6:24 AM

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i wouldn't mind following one piece the rest of my life..
life with no one piece is like a cheese cake with no cheese for me XD


 
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12-15-09, 6:32 AM

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dtshyk said:
Last month, Oda said the story reached the climax of its middle stages by the volume 55.


Holy shit, I had no idea that happened. Awesome!

Current arc is indeed TEH epic.
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12-15-09, 7:17 AM

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>No Romance

A MANS ROMANCE NEVER DIES! Etc. and yes, this is nice, no Luffyv2 from the same author. Anyways he's already the richest mangaka in the world anyways. He's all set.
 
12-15-09, 7:59 AM

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One Piece could have done with a death here and there.
 
12-15-09, 8:02 AM

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Nekkro said:
At least we know something it took 12 years to reach the middle of the story of the manga,we could read the last chapter in 2021 (happy)

lol funny but i really like one piece
 
12-15-09, 8:03 AM

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Last? More like first and only. =P

But yeah, I expected One Piece would be Oda's life work. Given how popular One Piece is and how much revenue he's gotten from it (and will continue to get), Oda is probably set for life. I'm also a relieved that Oda mentioned volume 55 as being the "climax of the middle stages," which tells me two things:

1) That the current arc, which has gone a big longer than I expected, is due to end relatively soon.
2) That One Piece is only halfway done. With the plethora of subplots still left untouched, there's still a lot of story to be told. Will be looking forward to it.
 
12-15-09, 8:50 AM

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Eh, it's kind of a shame really, that an artist only has one creative work under his name. Makes him seem like a one-trick pony. I find One Piece very repetitive and this revelation doesn't really do my impression of him any wonders. He's perfected the craft of shonen and is now on auto-pilot till death.

At least Hirohiko Araki, despite also having one franchise to his name, does something different with each 'part' of his saga.
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dtshyk said:
Last month, Oda said the story reached the climax of its middle stages by the volume 55.


so there's climax for final stages too?

 
12-15-09, 11:51 AM

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yumiche said:
i wouldn't mind following one piece the rest of my life..
life with no one piece is like a cheese cake with no cheese for me XD

Exactly what I thought.
 
12-15-09, 12:52 PM

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Beatnik said:
Eh, it's kind of a shame really, that an artist only has one creative work under his name. Makes him seem like a one-trick pony.


It certainly doesn't put him in a favorable light compared to Urasawa or Fukumoto, who were and still are producing multiple long-running smash hits at the same time. Still, OP is a decent shonen, a step up from the other two in the Jump triad. I'm thinking having a few personal guidelines is a good way to keep it decent.
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12-15-09, 12:55 PM

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Agreed - One Piece can continue forever for me. I will only stop reading and watching it when it ends.
 
12-15-09, 1:01 PM

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Let's hope he has many notes written down, because there's always the risk of unexpected death causing an abrupt halt to a long-running story. You could even say its irresponsible to just keep something going endlessly because you could end up disappointing many fans. Look at what happened with Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time saga. Dude just didn't know when to stop.
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12-15-09, 1:06 PM

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Maybe this means it will actually end?
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12-15-09, 1:12 PM

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Beatnik said:
Look at what happened with Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time saga. Dude just didn't know when to stop.


Sanderson is a better writer anyway. It's probably thanks to him we have three final books instead of five.

But that's a more valid point when it comes to comics. In America, DC/Marvel just change the artist over, since a lot of their larger franchises do that on a regular basis, but I'm not sure how fans in Japan would react to that.

I'm suspecting that at some point there may come an internal conflict between Oda, who wants to write a good ending in his lifetime, and the SJ management who are fully aware that OP is a money machine. Toriyama admitted that he wanted to conclude Dragonball at a few points but was persuaded not to by management.
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