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Eiichiro Oda, creator of revered piracy anime One Piece, has revealed that the title’s hideous art-style was intentional so that it could stand out among all the other generic franchises – not so shocking considering his “3 circles and 1 cross” approach to drawing female anatomy.

The gratuitous profusion of lanky limbs, gargantuan grins and other questionable traits were all intended to break away from the norm, as explained by Oda in a magazine excerpt:

“20 years ago, when I was just getting started as a manga creator, people would always say ‘Your art is really unusual.’ Even when One Piece began serialization, people kept saying things like ‘I hate the art’ or ‘Your art is weird, but the series is interesting.’

And I totally get what they’re saying, because I did everything I could to make something different from the manga other people were making.”

Eiichiro Oda’s words were made ahead of the upcoming distribution of the Tezuka Award (given to novice manga artists and named after the esteemed Osamu Tezuka) in order to motivate participants to do their best – as he also serves as part of the selection committee.


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    Comment by Anonymous
    05:25 10/09/2017 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I never thought his art was bad. It just looked different.

    When you see One Piece art you instantly recognize it. It has its own charm and all of the characters look pretty unique. I don't mind the design of the girls but I wish he left Nami alone lol, I like how she looked in the beginning more tbh.

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    Comment by Old Peculiar
    18:00 09/09/2017 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Good on him for trying to separate himself from the crowd. Although I have always wondered why his art style was so strange.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:40 10/09/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Well recognition wise,he is unique.
    But money wise he may had got more if his art style was a little bit easier on the eyes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:59 10/09/2017 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Lol actually the dumbest thing I heard. A single volume of OP sells over a million volume these days, hell it even beat Spider-Man in terms of overall sales of graphic novel in history.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:21 10/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oda was a businessman before being a artist.

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    Comment by UraSapMrJap
    04:56 10/09/2017 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Oda is brilliant in every way and One Piece is very successful because of him. The only downside is that I will probably die before its resolution but I have been reading Marvel and Star Wars since before One Piece even started and those have no end just like a Pirate's dreams.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:23 10/09/2017 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    What a surprise that someone who likes shitty Marvel and Star Wars also likes shitty One Piece.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:35 10/09/2017 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Brah you're trying so hard to look hip and cool by shiting on other people's taste. Lol bet you're one of those guys who thinks they're cultured and their taste matter at all.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:18 10/09/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Zing

    Comment by Anonymous

    So edgy

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:56 10/09/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    At least he draws noses.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:46 10/09/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Some of the fanart are atrocious but others are incredibly unbelievable that i had to save in extreme resolutions for deep research needs.

    (Huge images of brutal boobs, arse, cameltoes and OK faces remade to be so adorable and delicate that i can't help it but using as wallpapers on my phone...)

    Especially with the boob waifu, Boa <3

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:50 09/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Uhm, i really like the art. n.n

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:35 10/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Being unique is good. Some anime shows have the same generic copy paste character designs across shows. You know its bad when you see such familiarity with other shows when looking at the characters of your current show that you're watching.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:59 09/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    still looks better than a number of shit adaptions being make these days, including artwork downgrades like ah my goddess went through, before finally ending.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:48 10/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    While I dont think the art is bad its definitely not to my preference. Probably why I never truly got into OP in its early run

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    Comment by SomeDuder
    18:41 09/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ehh, in this age of moe-garbage and generic plastic-looking style, having something that pops out isn't all that bad. And I wouldn't call it hideous, just... unique.

    But holy hell, 20 years? The manga is almost old enough to drink...

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:58 11/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    21 to drink? Where do you live, North Korea?

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    Comment by Anonymous
    19:05 09/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wander if it would have been successful without the internet pushing it into the audience as hard as i did.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:09 09/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Cool story. How many years did it take to come up with that excuse for being bad at drawing?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:59 10/09/2017 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Well
    a. art is subjective, thus calling it bad is pointless.
    b. he created an unique art style that stands out.
    c. since its one of the best selling manga ever a lot of people like, so we can assume a lot of pole like the art.

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    Comment by Siveria

    I don't even know how its one of the best selling manga's the plot is non-existant, its just the same shit every arc like every other garbage shounen anime thats more than 12 or 24 eps.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:22 10/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    I hope you get knocked out.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:38 01/10/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    You are probably born yesterday. There is hardly new in anime scene except for bold fan service.
    Especially for shounen category. What makes anime like One Piece or HunterXHunter stand out is the characters and how well the story is executed.

    Especially in OP. In-spite of having probably highest number of character in a single anime they have been connected to overall story very well.

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    Comment by Leina

    I totally agree.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:21 10/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Cool comment, now are you going to say how awesome cartoons or live actions are?

    And yet I like it just like most other anime & manga out there, and so do millions of fans, and tens of millions of readers.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:54 10/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Right. Some don't like, some do. No need to whine and bash, since no one cares, your bashing won't get you a cookie. If you don't like it cool, we don't care, since it's one less problem for us to care about when we don't sweat about shit you like or not.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:37 10/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    >doesn't care
    Sure you don't

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:46 09/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Captain Obvious much? Oda and Toriyama are about the only ones who's art style you can tell at a glance.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:34 09/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you can't tell Kentaro Miura's art at a glance, go see your doctor.

    Comment by Anonymous

    The reason you can tell is how bad they are. Toriyama with his sameface everywhere, and Oda with his terrible proportions.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:38 10/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    What is stylized?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:48 09/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    No shit sherlock, it's not just done for making the work stand out, it's also a style that makes it significantly easier to draw, what do you think his secret to being able to meet his deadlines is? This is.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:07 09/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    It helps you stand from generic anime character X Y Z.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:50 09/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    At least his drawing style is proportionally bad, many cant even say that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:00 09/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    It took me 10 years after it's first chapter to start reading One Piece because I thought that art sucked.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:07 09/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    I figured people knew this already. It's been painfully obvious for the past 2 decades.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:37 13/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    His art is shit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:28 09/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    woa thats exactly what i think as well,

    I always thought that weird and unsual as the best compliment I could get (I see it as unique)

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:28 09/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    the mangaka for Knight of Sidonia is really bad at creating different faces, so he just goes around and makes tons of characters that are either clones or twins.

    it's all about hiding the fact that u sucks at it

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:04 10/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah this is bad? Look at SNK manga, now this is fucking bad!

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    Comment by Siveria
    02:15 10/09/2017 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    He needs to replace strange with Shit. Cuz this dudes art is garbage.

    Comment by Anonymous

    At least Oda's character design are better than Gakuen Handsome.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Oda's girl's waists are so small it's like holding a bottle of soda.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:50 09/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well he said he visualizes it as 2 triangles pointing at each other so...

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    Comment by No Name

    Bad art and a bad story doesn't make up for the shittiness of Onepiece. I don't care if he was "trying to break the norm." Onepiece is one of the worst pieces of shit out there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:22 10/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    I hope you get knocked out, No Name.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:37 10/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actual shat art are "origianl", "unique", and "genius", unless it is made by Japan or other orientals within a short window of time frame, instead of one piece a year or a decade.

    And is that why even worse shat art style made in the good ole home, with no detailed background nor shadows, are subcontracted to more orientals? The only interesting serialized art in the last decades by the good ole home had been Archer, RWYB, one or two ancient MTV ones; and even RWYB is going south.

    Not talking about master pieces from Picasso, Dalí, Van Gogh, Warhol, etc. Do get their nice works.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:54 10/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    naw fam One Piece is great :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:12 09/09/2017 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    onepiece art-style>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> generic moeblobs




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