|Born||Oda Eiichirō (尾田 栄一郎)
January 1, 1975
Kumamoto, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan
|Known for||One Piece|
|Spouse(s)||Chiaki Inaba (m. 2005)|
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Eiichiro Oda (尾田 栄一郎 Oda Eiichirō?) (born January 1, 1975) is a Japanese manga artist, best known for his manga series One Piece (1997–present). With over 345 million copies in circulation worldwide, One Piece is the best-selling manga series of all time. The series' popularity resulted in him being named one of the manga artists that changed the history of manga.
Eiichiro Oda claimed that he resolved to become a manga artist at age four in order to avoid having to get a "real job". His biggest influence is Akira Toriyama and his series Dragon Ball. He recalls that his interest in pirates was probably sparked by the popular TV animation series titled Vicky the Viking. He submitted a character named Pandaman for Yudetamago's classic wrestling manga Kinnikuman. Pandaman was not only used in a chapter of the manga but would later return as a recurring cameo character in Oda's own works.
At the age of 17, Oda submitted his work Wanted! and won several awards, including second place in the coveted Tezuka Award. That got him into a job at the Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine, where he originally worked as assistant to Shinobu Kaitani's series Suizan Police Gang before moving to Masaya Tokuhiro on Jungle King Tar-chan and Mizu no Tomodachi Kappaman, which gave him an unexpected influence on his artistic style. At the age of 19, he began working as an assistant to Nobuhiro Watsuki on Rurouni Kenshin, before winning the Hop Step Award for new artists. Watsuki credits Oda for helping create the character Honjō Kamatari who appears in Rurouni Kenshin.
During this time, Oda drew two pirate-themed one-shot stories called "Romance Dawn", which were published in Akamaru Jump and Weekly Shōnen Jump respectively in late 1996. "Romance Dawn" featured Monkey D. Luffy as the protagonist, who then became the protagonist of One Piece.
In 1997, One Piece began serialization in Weekly Shōnen Jump and has became not only one of the most popular manga in Japan, but the best-selling manga series of all time. It sold 100 million collected tankōbon volumes by February 2005, over 200 million by February 2011, and had over 345 million volumes in circulation worldwide as of 2013. Additionally, individual volumes of One Piece have broken publishing records in Japan. Volume 56 received the highest initial print run of any manga, 2.85 million copies, in 2009. Volume 57's print of 3 million in 2010 was the highest first print for any book in Japan, not just manga. A record that was broken several times by subsequent volumes and currently held by 67's 4.05 million initial printing in 2012. In 2013, the series won the 41st Japan Cartoonists Association Award Grand Prize, alongside Kimuchi Yokoyama's Nekodarake Nice.
In a 2008 poll, conducted by marketing research firm Oricon, Oda was elected fifth most favorite manga artists of Japan. He shared the place with Yoshihiro Togashi, creator of YuYu Hakusho and Hunter × Hunter. In their 2010 poll on the Mangaka that Changed the History of Manga, Oda came in fourth.
For the tenth One Piece animated theatrical film, Strong World, Oda created the film's story, drew over 120 drawings for guidance and insisted Mr. Children provide the theme song. Additionally, a special chapter of the manga was created and included in tankōbon volume 0, which was given free to attendees of the film and also contained his drawings for the film.
Oda and Akira Toriyama created a 2007 crossover one-shot called Cross Epoch, that contains characters from Toriyama's Dragon Ball and Oda's One Piece. In 2013, they each designed a Gaist character for the video game Gaist Crusher.
After working as assistants to Watsuki, Oda, Hiroyuki Takei and Mikio Itō remain good friends. He also stated several times that he is friends with Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro, the author of Toriko.
Oda considers Masashi Kishimoto the author of fellow Shonen Jump series Naruto as both a rival and a friend. In the same Shonen Jump volume as the release of Naruto's final two chapters along with One Piece Chapter 766 (whose cover art is also done as a tribute), Oda also left a comment in the author comments section as a sendoff message, where he commented that he was glad to have serialized with Kishimoto for 15 years.
In 2009, a woman was arrested for sending roughly one hundred threatening emails to Oda between September to December 2007. The woman's husband was an assistant at Oda's office who had been dismissed.
Oda has also been on hiatus many times due to health problems.
- Wanted! (1992)
- God's Present for the Future (神から未来のプレゼント Kami Kara Mirai no Purezento?, 1993)
- Ikki Yakō (一鬼夜行?, 1993)
- Monsters (1994)
- Romance Dawn (first version, 1996)
- Romance Dawn (second version, 1996)
- One Piece (1997 – ongoing)
- Wanted! Eiichiro Oda Short Stories (WANTED! 尾田栄一郎短編集 Oda Eiichirō Tan Henshū?, collection of previous short stories, 1998)
- Cross Epoch (2007) – with Akira Toriyama
- Taste of the Devil Fruit (実食! 悪魔の実!! Jisshoku! Akuma no Mi!!?, 2011) – with Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro
- One Piece: Blue – Grand Data File. Shueisha. 2002. ISBN 4-08-873358-4.
- One Piece Color Walk 1. Shueisha. 2001. ISBN 4-08-859217-4.
- "Vicky the Viking Anime Adapted into Live-Action Film". Anime News Network. 2008-01-07. Retrieved 2014-01-01.
- Tei, Andrew (2005-07-05). "Anime Expo 2002: Friday Report". Mania Entertainment. Retrieved 2008-05-08.
- "One Piece's 'Prototype' Romance Dawn to be Animated". Anime News Network. 2008-07-10. Retrieved 2014-01-01.
- Oda, Eiichiro (November 1998). Wanted! (in Japanese). Shueisha. p. 202. ISBN 978-4088726311.
- "'One Piece' manga tops 300 million copies in print". Asahi Shimbun. 2013-11-12. Retrieved 2014-01-01.
- "One Piece Manga Has 345 Million Copies in Print Worldwide". Anime News Network. 2013-11-21. Retrieved 2014-01-01.
- "One Piece #56 Manga Gets Record 2.85-Million Print Run". Anime News Network. 2009-11-27. Retrieved 2014-01-01.
- "One Piece Manga #67 Gets Record 4.05-Million Print Run". Anime News Network. 2012-01-01. Retrieved 2014-01-01.
- "One Piece, Keiko Takemiya Win 41st Japan Cartoonist Awards". Anime News Network. 2012-05-11. Retrieved 2014-01-01.
- "Oricon: Nana's Yazawa, DB's Toriyama are Most Popular". Anime News Network. 2008-03-04. Retrieved 2008-03-04.
- 『日本の漫画史を変えた作家』、"漫画の神様"手塚治虫が貫禄の1位. Oricon (in Japanese). 2010-07-16. Retrieved 2013-02-18.
- "One Piece Creator Oda to Oversee Production of 10th Film". Anime News Network. 2009-05-11. Retrieved 2014-01-01.
- "Mr. Children on 10th One Piece film, Becky on Shin-chan". Anime News Network. 2009-10-21. Retrieved 2014-01-01.
- "2009 One Piece Moviegoers to Get Manga Vol. 0 in Japan". Anime News Network. 2009-10-18. Retrieved 2014-01-01.
- "Dragon Ball & One Piece Creators Designed 2 Gaist Crusher Enemies". Anime News Network. 2013-12-06. Retrieved 2014-01-01.
- Watsuki, Nobuhiro (1999). "Interview with Nobuhiro Watsuki". Kenshin Kaden. Shueisha. ISBN 4-08-782037-8.
- "Woman Arrested for Threatening One Piece Creator Oda". Anime News Network. 2009-04-09. Retrieved 2014-01-01.