CURIOSITIES

Romantic Relationships in One Piece

Myth: X character in One Piece is in love with X other character in One Piece.

Fact: It is not uncommon to see pairings mentioned like Luffy x Nami, Luffy x Boa Hancock, Sanji x Nami, Zoro x Nico Robin,  however some fans try to force the speculation into fact when it is not.

Fans love to fantasize about possible character couples.

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When asked if there would be romance in One Piece in a SBS letter, Eiichiro Oda replied “they are in love with adventure”. There are no hints released in the manga itself. There exist minor love stories such as Kyros and Scarlett’s love story and certain relationships have been addressed (such as Piiman, Tamanegi and Ninjin mentioning how Usopp is a “lucky man” to have somebody as Kaya) but they are rather minor and no major relationship has been officially confirmed. As such, most love referencing comes in the form of perverted comments from one character to the other. Oda said that since this is a shonen manga, there is practically no romance (with a few exceptions, such as married couples, etc.) Not counting Sanji’s feelings towards almost every female being in existence, Oda took eleven years to introduce any form at all – Boa Hancock’s love for Luffy. However this is considered to be a one-sided romance solely intended for humor as Luffy does not have those same feelings for Hancock, having turned down her marriage proposal several times in the past. Oda also mentioned in one of the SBS that One piece is manga targeted at young boys, therefore there will be no romance between the straw hat crew.

The Devil Fruit eaten by Dragon – Myth & Fact

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Myth: It is obvious by the way he said “Wind Blast” back in Loguetown that Dragon has a wind Devil Fruit. Or maybe, Dragon ate a Devil Fruit that allows him to manipulate the weather. Why do you think a lightning bolt saved Luffy from being killed by Buggy? And what about the rain, when Dragon arrives at Loguetown?

Fact: Dragon did not say “Wind blast” in the manga, it was added in the anime. The original manga does not give any indication that Dragon had any effect on the weather other than being around when the storm hit. We do not know his power, although it is always a possibility. The speculation was re-invigorated when a rather powerful and convenient wind blast created a path to the ocean and the Revolutionaries during the fire of Gray Terminal, with some fans speculating the two instances were foreshadowing, but again there is no proof that this is correct.

Crocodile was a woman – Myth & Fact

Myth: Ivankov knows a secret from Crocodile’s past, that nobody else knows, and Ivankov can change people’s gender, leading to speculation that Crocodile used to be a woman and had Ivankov change her to a him. In Episode 0 we only see the back of Crocodile’s head, suggesting that he was different back then and that Oda wants to keep it a secret for now.

Fact: So far, nothing has been confirmed. In the SBS for Volume 63 Oda drew the Shichibukai as children, and Crocodile appears to be depicted as a boy, although some have speculated that Crocodile could be a girl who dresses like a tomboy, but Oda has not yet stated anything one way or the other.

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Did You Know?

The Marineford Arc was the biggest gathering of Devil Fruit users so far in the series with Akainu, Aokiji, Bartholomew Kuma, Blamenco, Boa Hancock, Buggy, Crocodile, Dalmatian, Daz Bones, Donquixote Doflamingo, Edward Newgate, Emporio Ivankov, Epoida, Galdino, Gekko Moriah, Hina, Inazuma, Jozu, Kizaru, Laffitte, Marco, Marshall D. Teach, Monkey D. Luffy, Onigumo, Portgas D. Ace, Sengoku, Smoker, Trafalgar Law, and Tsuru, as well as several unidentified Devil Fruit users, taking part, a total of at least twenty-seven people. Except for Enel, every canon Logia user created by Oda was present during the battle.

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Eiichiro Oda’s interview on drawing characters

Q: How did you decide on the characters’ positioning in the drawing?
A: First I drew Luffy, then I thought about who I’d have Chopper wave at, so I drew Nami, and well, after I drew Nami, Sanji just had to rush in, and then I also had to draw Zoro and Usopp. That was basically my train of thought while drawing, and [the characters] just keep on appearing like that. This is how I always draw, I jot down what comes to me.

Q: So when do you decide on your color scheme? When you’re inking?
A: Not at all. It comes to me while I’m painting. I only want to draw things I think of at the moment that I’m drawing or painting (laughs). This time around, I first decided on colors I wanted to draw, then I only put in the colors I knew I wanted, and from that point on I just added more and more colors. Because I can see the overall layout of the drawing, I’d say I generally color along with the characters, depending on their particular situation…

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Q: Why did you color in multiple layers?
A: Copic is a drawing material that, even if you add one layer and think it looks good, when it gets printed in Jump, it comes out very, very uneven. So if you don’t add a second layer it’ll be hard to look at once printed in the magazine.

Q: And why do you use colored pencils?
A: They’re the ones that are easiest to use and I have used them for many years. I used to use white-out way back when, but then I found out that colored pencils can also be used on top of the copic ink, so yeah. Well, there’s colored pencils that can be used to draw on top of the copic ink, and others that cannot be used in that way. I found [a brand] that does work, so I use those from time to time. It’s a useful tool to use when you want to add in some light highlights [to your drawing].

Straw Hats Beach Costumes in One Piece Gold Movie

11 Things You Should Know About Buggy

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  • In the manga, Buggy is usually drawn with his mouth open, causing one fan to ask Oda to draw him with his mouth shut.

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  • In the 4th Japanese Popularity Poll, Buggy is ranked the 21st most popular character in One Piece. His best ranking in a fan poll was 7th place in the first poll. In the 5th poll, he ranked 34th.
  • One of Oda’s SBS questions asked if Buggy’s penis was also able to split and fly off. Oda replied “his penis can fly too” as every part of Buggy’s body could fly off, but his feet.
  • In an early interview for Shonen Jump, Oda once stated Buggy was his favorite villain; however, over time Oda has listed other villains as his favorite.
  • Though not considered canon, a scene of Ace ditching Buggy can be seen at the end of Ace’s ending for the game One Piece: Grand Battle 3. After entering a bar and feasting on food, Ace (currently asleep) wakes up and realizes he has forgotten something and runs out of the bar – leaving Buggy with the Beli380,000 bill.
  • He is seen amongst the audience of the theater in a trailer for Movie 6, even though he himself has no part in the story.
  • When Buggy detaches his head and floats around, he resembles a Nukekubi – a flesh-eating humanoid monster of Japanese mythology said to detach its head during the night to float around and hunt for mortals to victimize.
  • Buggy is the first villain who is a Devil Fruit user.
  • He has shown to involuntarily split up his body when shocked or surprised. A joke to show that the news has caused him to “go to pieces”.
  • Like many other characters, Buggy has a distinct laugh, “gyahahahahaha!”
  • In an SBS, a fan asked if Buggy bled when using his Devil Fruit powers, only for Oda to reply that it would make him appear too scary.

Did you notice?

That moment when you realize that all of the clothes that they are wearing in Film Gold were bought during the color spread of Chapter 811.

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New Outfits for Straw Hats in “One Piece Film: Gold”

Do you prefer these outfits or the black leather suits?

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10 Things You Should Know About Enel

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  • Oda confirmed that if Enel were actually a wanted pirate, he might have a bounty that could possibly be as high as Beli500,000,000.
  • Although he is Birkan, Enel lacks the Birkan wings and instead has his ring of drums in the same place they would normally be.
  • Enel is the first major antagonist to use Haki. He is also the first major antagonist in the series that is not a pirate or a Marine.
  • Enel is also the name of the main Italian electric company.
  • The symbols seen on Enel’s drums are called tomoe and are very common in Japanese heraldry such as family emblems and corporate logos. The tomoe are also present on another One Piece character, Sentomaru.
  • In the 3rd and 4th Japanese Fan Poll, Enel is ranked the 22nd most popular character. In the 5th poll, he ranked 48th.
  • In Unlimited Adventure, when Enel is fought in story mode the game displays his name as “Enel”, but when accessed in multiplayer mode the game displays his name as “Eneru”.
  • Enel didn’t appear in any opening that was used during the Skypiea arc, but he was later included in the 2008 remix of We Are! .
  • Monkey D. Luffy being Enel’s natural enemy (due to his Devil Fruit immunity to Enel’s Goro Goro no Mi) is highly appropriate, as the Family of D. is referred to as “God’s Natural Enemy” (神の天敵 Kami no Tenteki?) and Enel believes himself to be a God.
  • Enel’s belief that he is a god is also similar to the Celestial Dragons who see themselves as godlike.