The creator of the long-running Shōnen Manga One Piece
, which is over seven hundred chapters in length and still going strong. Noted for his unusual art style and eccentric and imaginative character designs.
Something of a manga prodigy, he won several awards with his manga Wanted!
at the age of seventeen. This landed him a job at Shonen Jump despite his young age, but he worked only as an assistant at first; it was five years before he began a series of his own, but even then he started One Piece
at the Improbable Age
of 22. Despite having been in the industry for half his life, he is still known for having a fanboyish love of manga in general, especially Dragon Ball
. His playful approach to his work has won him a lot of fans. He often takes breaks after a couple of weeks, either because of research reasons or because of health issues, since it's known that he does not sleep very long a day. Those breaks last usually only a week, though.
He also worked as an assistant on Rurouni Kenshin
Tropes associated with Oda:
- Author Appeal:
- Crossdressers. In the character design notes for Rurouni Kenshin, Nobuhiro Watsuki says that Kamatari, a crossdressing character, was inspired by one of his assistants suggesting a character based on the pun, an "okama with a kama", or a "crossdresser with a scythe". Although the assistant is not named, because of this trope, everybody guessed that this assistant was Eiichiro Oda. In a later interview, Nobuhiro Watsuki confirmed that this guess was true. Watsuki explains that the original concept for Kamatari was a masculine looking crossdresser with effeminate mannerisms like the crossdressers in One Piece (Mr. 2 anyone?), but Watsuki had trouble drawing such a character and ended up making Kamatari a pretty crossdresser.
- Sunglasses are possibly a new appeal of his. Several characters suddenly wear sunglasses in their post-Time Skip design (Robin, Smoker, Pappug), and the same goes for unusually many of the recently introduced characters (though several of the "older" characters also have sunglasses). However, a reason for this may also be that the characters are drawn with sunglasses because it hides their eyes, and if he doesn't have to think of new types of eyes for every new character design, the Cast of Snowflakes tendency is easier to retain (or at least he can trick the readers into thinking it is always retained).
- Animals. Though according to himself, it's not as much that he loves animals, he just loves drawing them. That said, Oda is hardly an animal hater with how a noteworthy lot of the named characters in One Piece are animals (mostly minor characters, but also a couple majors and one main character), and random animals are featured on 99 % of all title pages (except for the canon cover stories).
- Absurdly proportioned characters. There's no shortage of massive/tall humans that tower over people, let alone actual giants.
- Art Evolution: His art progressively became less cartoony, character designs (especially his women) are now more diverse, and his panel settings are also more detailed.
- Brilliant but Lazy: He says he became a manga artist because they "don't have to do a real job", and that if he were an animal it would be a sloth ("that means serious business").
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Aside from many characters from his works, Oda himself is one- one of his earliest works is just about one of the silliest creations in the world of manga and anime (not helped by the fact that It Runs on Nonsensoleum), but it's been going strong for 15 years and is an excellent example of creating an epic by use of a strong story continuation, well-developed settings and characters, and most of all, truckloads of unrepressed emotion.
- Cast of Snowflakes: Indisputably a master of this trope, especially as One Piece went into its later years. He may be starting to slack a bit off on this tendency recently by drawing sunglasses on the characters (check the entry of Author Appeal above), but even if he is, he is still much better than most of his mangaka peers.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Flip to a page in One Piece, any page. You see that funky looking character in the background? He/She is going to be important later. Brook's introduction was cut out of the original One Piece english dub because the dubbing company assumed it was filler.
- Creator Breakdown:
- It's speculated that his anxiety over his wife Chiaki's pregnancy was what inspired the deal with Ace's Missing Mom Rouge.
- On a more humorous note, it's been joked (and outright stated) by the anime staff that the reason the amount of Fanservice spiked upward was because of Oda getting married and being horny for his very attractive wife (a well-known ex-Cosplay Otaku Girl) all the time, to the displeasure of fans who liked the general lack of such things in the manga early on. For a guy who prefers not emphasizing romance that's not an obvious huge joke in his stories, he sure is a massive softie for his family.
- Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Oda reportedly divulged the ending of One Piece to a child dying of lung cancer.
- Gonk: Of all shapes and sizes. No, not Oda himself.
- It Runs on Nonsensoleum: Many of Oda's SBS answers to questions about how things work in the series. And many of the in-universe explanations, for that matter. How does Zorro talk with a sword in his mouth? His heart does the talking for him.
- Name's the Same: Why he's apparently a fan of Oda Nobunaga.
- One of Us: A huge fan of Dragon Ball, Dragon Quest, Tim Burton and Eminem? Not to mention marrying a super fine Cosplay Otaku Girl, which must be the dream of every geek. He's also a fan of Quentin Tarantino? His fannishness winds up in his manga, too: one of the major villains, Enel, is visually based on Eminem, the Admirals are each based on a Japanese actor, Ivankov is based on Dr. Frank-N-Furter, and of course Thriller Bark. As for main crew members, Brook is based heavily on Michael Jackson and Slash (not that kind), and Franky was originally inspired by Jim Carrey, especially as Ace Ventura.
- The Perfectionist: At least what his interviews give away. He wonít allow his assistants to draw anything that moves since it may result in an art shift. Check. He writes a movie script, and after that starts from scratch since he isnít satisfied with it and delays the whole production because of it. The end result? Strong World. Check. Additionally, there are several breaks around the year when a new chapter won't appear in Jump and the explanation is always "The author doing research".
- Promoted Fanboy: A fan of shonen fighting manga is now one of the biggest names in the business.
- The Rival: Sees the Pretty Cure series as this in the anime, since his children love the show more than One Piece. He declares that he'll take down Pretty Cure.
- That Russian Squat Dance: He was once asked about his daily routine, and represented it as a circular graphic: most of the time was occupied by "Cossack Dance".
- A lot to Dragon Ball Z, and to soccer.
- There's even a shout out to his shout-outs: his love of soccer is spoofed in one of the theatrical shorts, which has a character named "Odacchi" whose head sports a soccer ball pattern and is voiced by Oda himself.
- Ship Sinking: Oda could be an admiral himself with all the ships he sinks. Indeed, it seems he has a fondness for trolling the fanbase with false flags when it comes to any serious signs of romance, at least when it comes to the Straw Hats themsleves.
- Shrug of God: Inverted. It doesn't matter what the question is, Oda has an answer. No matter how crazy it seems. Or how perverted the question is.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: When asked why a door that was broken in one scene was intact soon after, he claimed a carpenter appeared off-screen and fixed it, and it certainly wasn't a mistake.
- Voodoo Shark: His answers generally lead to more questions. Which then lead to awesome answers, including those to questions you didn't even know you had.