Eiichiro Oda answers fan questions in SBS


Arlong Park has a nice section on their website that is dedicated to a special feature that is in almost every One Piece tankoban called SBS. SBS or Shitsumon o Boshuu Suru, roughly translates to “I’m taking questions.” Starting in volume 4, Eiichiro Oda, the mangaka of One Piece, answers fan questions with epic answers, something that is not found in most other manga. We can read these now thanks to Arlong Park who translated the enormous bulk of these questions and answers for our entertainment, being the awesome people that they are.

Here are his rules. “To answer the readers' questions as easily as possible, I will use "D" (Dokusha = reader) for the question and "O" (Oda) for my reply. I will pick from the collection of letters and postcards at random.”

For anyone who has ever seen or read One Piece, this all is a must read. But for those of you who haven’t, I read through them all and picked out my favorite questions and answers,  which can be found after the jump. These are a great read even for those who know nothing about One Piece, it really shows how casual and fun loving Eiichiro Oda is. In fact, he reminds me of a Japanator writer, a little bit of God Len, of Zac Bentz, Dale North, John Martone, and a sprinkle of Aoi; sorry Brad. If you like what you see here be sure to pick up the manga, it will be the best decision you ever made.

D: Luffy's D: Luffy's treasure is his straw hat. Is your treasure a straw hat too, sensei? If it isn't, tell me what is!!

O: My treasure? Of course, it's ALL YOU READERS.


D: Oda Eiichiro-sensei, can you really stretch out your arms and legs? (Like Luffy) It was written in Jump.

O: Whoa! I thought I told them to keep it a secret.


D: How did Mohji's hair get like that?

O: He was born like that. Only those 2 spots grow out quickly. If he left it alone, he'd end up looking like a rabbit.


D: Nice to meet you, Oda-sensei! I love the manga you draw, "NEP ECE".

O: RRRRRRgh! Damn!! ...I love it when boys and girls mis-read and omit the letters like that. Makes me wonder if anyone can read those weird letters. I'm sorry for making the "O" and "I" in the title logo pictures and not simple letters. It's correctly spelled "ONE PIECE". Remember that if you have the time.


D: You know, with Zoro's 3-sword style, I don't think he'd be able to talk with the sword in his mouth... Could it be... ventriloquism?



D: Ummmm, about "1, 2, Jango": what's that striped thing on his chin?

O: A mushroom. Before he ever became a pirate, he was a "wandering dancer". But business wasn't so good, so all he did was sleep. Without even taking a bath. And eventually a striped mushroom grew from his chin. Since he was hungry, he tried eating the cap of the mushroom, but it was disgusting! But he gulped it down anyways, and somehow became able to hypnotize people. Therefore, the striped thing on his chin is a "leftover mushroom".


D: I know there's the Gomu Gomu Fruit, the Bara Bara Fruit, and all those other Devil Fruit, but let me tell you the one I thought up. It's called the Gero Gero Fruit (Disgusting Fruit). The power makes you so disgusting, no one ever comes near you. Verrrrrrrry useful.

O: You eat it.


D: When I went to the barber a little while ago and asked for a Zoro haircut, I got shaved bald. What should I say to get a haircut like Zoro's?


D: Why does Sanji-san's eyebrow curl up at the end? Please give a real answer!! (Note: This letter is written so that the last word is actually "dork", but it looks like it is still "please".)

O: Hey!! You, sit right there!! Now listen!! Everyone lives in circles!! The sun, the moon, and the earth all spin around!! And!! If the earth suddenly stopped spinning!! It would be a disaster, tidal waves everywhere!! Now remember that Sanji's eyebrow channels that circular energy!! Reflect upon this!! You may go!!


D: Oda-sensei. Since Luffy is a Gomu Human, does that mean his "p*nis" can stretch, too?

O: His penis can stretch too.


D: When Sanji thinks about a girl, the smoke from his cigarette turns into a heart shape. How does he do it? I want to try too!! Please(x100) tell me!
O: Uh, first of all, you have to be over 20. Then light your cigarette and take a big drag. When you do that, the smoke will come in contact with the "feeling of love" you put on your lungs beforehand, and then when you blow the smoke out, it will most definitely come out in the shape of a heart.


D: I've been thinking about a great topic for about 5 years now. And that topic is, "Why is it that in battle manga, the bottom half of people's clothes never get destroyed??!!"

O: If they fought naked, wouldn't it kind of change the emphasis of the manga?


D: Okay, there's something I need to ask you about, Odacchi. I was reading WANTED! (Odacchi's one-shot collection) today, and I was wondering, doesn't it seem like a bunch of your characters pick their noses a lot? (P.N. Pleasure)

O: Yeah, they do. Pick, pick, picky. So you wonder why... well, doesn't everyone pick their nose? The other mangakas just have their cameras pointed away when it happens. If you don't pick your nose... your boogers would collect up!! Oh dear... another dirty topic. Printing this kind of stuff makes all the female readers cringe. It'll happen again. But the guys laugh their asses off! Right?! Okay, next.


D: Oda-sensei, I've been wondering about something. What country are Luffy and the others from? In Social Studies class, we learned that "A Japanese pirate is called a wakou". Is that like a direct interpretation into Japanese? Or is this manga completely unique in that respect? Please tell me. PN Kuroman.

O: Hmmm. First of all, Luffy's crew is all "No-Nationality Men". You can't say what country they come from. And then, "wakou". Yes. A long time ago, there were men in Japan called "wakou" that were basically "pirates". Wakous would get into their boats and attack the Korean peninsula and Chinese mainland. Sometimes in your textbooks, it talks about "expeditions" to Korea, but that was really pirates. They were there to loot and plunder and all that. Yeah, they were bad guys. There is another famous group of people around the Inland Sea called "Murakami Suigun" that were also pirates. They have been a big influence on Japan throughout its history. But they don't get a whole lot of recognition for that. A long time ago, I was researching the differences between "wakou" and "suigun", but then there were even "suigun" called "wakou", so I figured, why do you need to draw the line? Basically, Japan has had a lot of "pirates".


D: Why is it that when Nami and Miss All-Sunday wear miniskirts and move around a LOT, you never see inside their skirts (panties)? What color are their panties? Please tell me.

O: That's a dirty old man question. And yet you ask it so plainly and honestly. As if you feel, "did I just ask something bad?"... maybe you should stop... I bet you can imagine, though... You know, in Volume 14, her bra looked pretty black... No, really, any more than this... would be a waste of my life.


D: Salutations, Oda Eiichirou-sama. Previously, I went on a homestay trip to England. I have something to report to you, Oda Eiichirou-sama. THE TOILET PAPER WAS BROWN!!! (and slighty orange-ish)

O: FOR REALS?! Damn. Then you can't see the poop on it!! Is that because England is the country of tea?! They express things in terms of tea?!


D: How is it that the spikes from Miss Doublefinger's "Toge Toge Fruit" powers come out of her clothes?

O: Huh? Are you referring to the fact that the spikes would rip the clothes? If I did that, wouldn't this become an extraordinarily EROTIC MANGA?! And if I did that, then I'd have to draw it that way on covers and stuff, too. Then everyone will be incredibly embarrassed when trying to buy it at the bookstore!! You want that?!


D: If Zoro and Sanji had a big fight, who would emerge victorious? Zoro beat Mr. 1, so I guess... Zoro would be the winner, right...?

O: Whoa! You scared me... for a second it looked like "If Zoro and Sanji had a dick fight" (in Japanese, at least). Hey man, learn to punctuate better or something. You know what I mean. ...okay, see you next time!


D: Doesn't anyone on Luffy's crew fall in love? Will there never be a romance among crew members? (Sanji is an exception in this case) I'm just wondering. from Naoko

O: Of course they're in love... WITH ADVENTURE! (good one)


D: Oda-sensei!! I saw Oda-sensei!! Said one of my friends!! (E-mail friend) He said you were looking at DIRTY MAGAZINES in a convenience store... don't sweat it too much. I always thought you were like that. Heheheh... I bet that's how you do research for Nami's body!! P.N. Scoundrel ueir

O: SCOUNDREL!! I would not read such things in the store!! YOU SCOUNDREL!! I'D BUY IT!!


D: If you got poked in the butt with a Shigan, what would happen? by Pacchon III

O: You'd die.


D: Why is Franky's fuel cola? from Shuu



D: ODA-SAN, THAT'S SEXUAL HARASSMENT. by Girls' Representative

O: What? What was?! I didn't even say anything that sexual!! This is so out of the blue.


D: WHAT CUP SIZE IS NAMI'S 95MM BUST? by Nami-loving Erotic-man

O: YOU'RE THE CULPRIT!!! It's questions like these that get me in trouble with girls like the one above!! But we all wanna know, huh! Still, cups are hard to guess. They got all that under-this and thunder-that. It makes no sense. So let's ask our female readers for the answer. Girls, what cup are Nami and Robin? (<- sexual harassment)


D: Which is faster, between Captain Kuro's "Shakushi" and CP9's "Soru"? TELL ME. by Niku-oh

O: Ah yes. I got a surprising number of questions about this one. Captain Kuro's Shakushi (in Vol. 5) was a pretty tough one. To answer the question, speedwise they are about the same. But when Captain Kuro uses his trick, the speed is so great that he doesn't even know who he's attacking, but CP9 has complete control of their move at the same speed. So if there were a competition, CP9 would be overwhelmingly stronger.


D: Hi, Oda-sensei! I have a serious question. One Piece has been going on for quite some time, hasn't it? Have you thought of the ending already? Though personally, I wouldn't mind if it continued on forever. One Piece is the BEST!!! from Mac

O: I've answered this in some magazines and interviews. Originally, my plan was that One Piece would continue for five years. I've always had the climax in my head from the start, I've just been working toward it since. But my original estimates were a bit short, and I was unable to finish up my story within five years (ROFL). And now our pirates have been adventuring for nine years, and I have no idea how much longer they will be at it (hey!).


D: Do the names of Sodom and Gomorrah come from the cities that appear in the Old Testament of the bible? In the bible they were destroyed by God. Are they being integrated into the story by being destroyed by the great "Godly" power of the World Government? by Yoiko

O: Uh... One Piece isn't that deep of a story. But it IS where I got the names from.


D: Oda-sensei. We need to talk!! I want... wait, first, put some clothes on! Pants on too? Good! Now let's get to business. HAND ME THAT PORNO MAG THERE. from Chanman

O: No way! This is reference material! For my manga!!


D: Wait a second!! Oda-sensei!! You know that scene in Volume 45, where Robin squeezes Franky in a very important place? CAN SHE FEEL WHAT SHE'S SQUEEZING? You simply MUST tell me!!

O: Yes, she can. All the arms and legs she sprouts are part of her body. She feels the things she touches, and when she's hurt, that damage is done to her own body. So you see... She really DID grab his balls!! Girls, NEVER DO THIS. They're very tender!!

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