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Why Eiichiro Oda Won’t Watch One Piece YouTube Videos

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Eiichiro Oda has done many things. He’s created the world’s bestselling manga, One Piece, let fans make money doing One Piece art (under certain circumstances), and gave the French president a special One Piece illustration. What’s something he won’t do? Watch YouTube videos about One Piece.

Well, he’s watched them a little, but he thinks it’s best for him to stay away from them. Oda revealed this in an interview published in Japan with his 101th volume of One Piece.

“I know of them [YouTube analysis videos about One Piece], and I have seen some videos here and there,” he said. “I’m surprised at how knowledgeable everyone is. Their predictions of future events can be completely on the mark, so I make sure not to watch them.”

He also said he thought it would be bad if he paid too much attention to what the biggest fans said, because then he might leave out stuff that other fans would like. He wants his manga to be accessible to fans with all different levels of interest.

That said, he’s all for fans checking out the YouTube videos for themselves. He also recommended fans might want to check out the “Nakama ga Iru Tube” programs, which are created by the official One Piece YouTube channel. The programs have One Piece YouTuber fans on them.

VIZ Media publishes the One Piece manga in America, and gave this description:

“As a child, Monkey D. Luffy was inspired to become a pirate by listening to the tales of the buccaneer ‘Red-Haired’ Shanks. But his life changed when Luffy accidentally ate the Gum-Gum Devil Fruit and gained the power to stretch like rubber…at the cost of never being able to swim again! Years later, still vowing to become the king of the pirates, Luffy sets out on his adventure…one guy alone in a rowboat, in search of the legendary ‘One Piece,’ said to be the greatest treasure in the world…”

Source: ANN


Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, and its sequel, Manga Art for Intermediates, with professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.