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.