Part 4 Of The Discussion Between Takehiko Inoue And Eiichiro Oda

By Ishaan . September 11, 2010 . 3:04pm


Part 4 of 6 of Eastern Edge’s ongoing translation of a published conversation between the authors of Vagabond and One Piece is now up for your reading pleasure.


In part 4, we get to hear a little bit from Inoue on the difficulties he found himself facing last spring — back when this talk was published — with regard to his creative work:


Inoue: Yeah. Comic creation is supposed to be something you do because you love it, right? Nothing gets you pumped up more than drawing comics, so you can keep going no matter how tough things get.


Oda: Yeah.


Inoue: However I’ve come to a point where, in the balance between the tough times and the fun times, if the pleasure in the work becomes diminished any further, I may not be able to go on. Right now I’m trying to somehow find my way through, because I know I have to get past this.


Just recently, Inoue announced that Vagabond, which first debuted in 1998, will remain on extended hiatus while he rests his body and waits for his health to recover. Incidentally, did you know Inoue also worked on character designs for Lost Odyssey?

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  • puchinri

    I’m curious about the timeline of this interview. Has it been complete, or is it on-going?

    I would figure it’s been done, but I want it to be on-going to see if Oda-sensei will mention One Piece’s break.
    I wish both the best in health, and I hope Inoue can recover soon (and that he can get to relax a little longer before picking up Vagabond again).

    • The interview is from a year ago. It was conducted last spring according to Eastern Edge. The hiatus is very recent, isn’t it?

      • Yes, the hiatus only began two weeks ago.

        • lostinblue

          Seems like the didn’t find the solution he was looking for and got into a nervous breakdown in the process. The interview is really sincere, from both parts too. Rare thing.

      • puchinri

        Oh, darn. ;A;
        And yes, the hiatus started around the end of last month.

  • Kibbitz

    I believe that Inoue’s involvement was always mentioned when talking about Lost Odyssey, since it was a sales point, at least in Japan? I do hope he gets better soon. And I should see if any of my friends buy Vagabond for a look see. That battle between Musashi and the Yoshioka school sounds pretty epic in scale.

  • Yea, I can see the resemblance of Kaim and also his work in vegabound. That is why I was always wondering why does it look so familiar… lol..

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