Part 5 Of The Discussion Between Takehiko Inoue And Eiichiro Oda

By Ishaan . September 18, 2010 . 2:29pm


Over at Eastern Edges, Ian continues his translation of the lengthy talk between the authors of One Piece and Vagabond:


Oda: Is it sometimes tough for you to draw scene of people being cut down?


Inoue: Yes, it is. To draw a scene in which that many people are cut dead… It really made me no longer believe in simple victory or defeat. It’s a battle, so of course there is a winner and loser. However, I ended up doubting the value in victory. If you doubt what you’re doing, you can’t draw the comics, can you? I thought, is winning truly victory? Is it a good thing? It was tough because I was disturbed by that feeling of contradiction. However, I made a point of drawing a scene in which 70 people are cut down precisely to experience that feeling.


In part 5, Oda also reveals his inspiration for creating One Piece, which is a lot simpler than you might think.

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  • “I wanted to read pirate comics since I was a kid, so if I was going to draw comics I decided I was going to use a pirate motif. It had nothing to do with thinking about whether it would sell or not. I just simply drew comics that I wanted to read.”

    I think this is why One Piece is still so successful after so many years; he draws what he wants to read, not what he thinks the readers want

  • puchinri

    Umm, Kentaro Miura is the author of Berserk. Takehiko Inoue is the author of REAL, Slam Dunk and Vagabond.
    (I wondered why Casca was up there.)

    Thanks for linking it once more! ♥

    • Ack! I’m an idiot. I absent-mindedly put a picture of Berserk there instead of Vagabond and even mixed up the names. Thanks for pointing that out.

  • puchinri

    No problem. I do that all the time.

  • Aoshi00

    It would be cool to see a Vagabond anime when the manga is finally done. The Buzzer Beater anime was very good.

    • WonderSteve

      I am kind of doubtful at art quality of the anime will match Inoue’s drawing though..especially if they choose to do a TV series.

      • Aoshi00

        I think the animators could do Inoue’s art justice. Slam Dunk was a long running series w/ 100 eps and it had some extraordinarily drawn eps. Buzzer Beater had 12 eps and the animation quality was excellent and very close to Inoue’s drawing, they’ve really nailed the dribbling and shooting motion, very fast and natural, in fact it was better because Buzzer Beater had very simple and rough sketches when serialized online. I just want to hear what everyone in Vagabond sounds like, and seeing the Kojiro story in anime would be pretty awesome, maybe a little violent for prime time airing though.. so I’m not sure if they would get good funding as a late night series. I remember I was really excited to hear Slam Dunk being animated when I was in middle school.. of course not every eps had top animation quality, but the series was amazing nevertheless.I did an oil painting for this in my high school art class :) though the Vagabond art is much more detailed, it might not be as hard to pull off an anime as Slam Dunk since basketball games needed a lot of animation.

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