Part 6 of the translation of the talk between Slam Dunk and Vagabond manga-ka, Takehiko Inoue, and One Piece manga-ka, Eiichiro Oda, is now up on the Eastern Edge website.
In this final part, the two contemplate the possibility of hosting an exhibition both in Japan and overseas. Oda feels he would only be able to do it after One Piece is complete. Oda says his “real life” will begin once the series concludes, as he presently lives only for his readers.
Oda: But just being able to do something else while dedicated to another thing… On top of that, being able to draw the characters from your serial in a setting like that… I can’t keep up with that kind of strength. In any case, my One Piece serial is everything to me. When it’s done, I think I can begin my real life (laughs).
Inoue: What? You mean it isn’t now?
Oda: Right now I live for my readers.
Inoue: That’s fantastic!
Wondering what that picture above is? It’s Luffy, drawn by Inoue. Check out the full interview at Eastern Edges!