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    New Oda's interview with Takuya Kimura in Men's Non-No magazine, thanks to Greg that posted it in Raftel Forums.

    http://raftelforums.com/viewtopic.ph...efdc237183c024

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    Hey folks. Just finished reading the Kimura-Oda interview published in the fashion magazine Men's Non-No that went on sale today. Some of you may recall that this is Oda's second big interview in the magazine, his first corresponding with the release of Strong World where he drew Luffy for the cover.

    Oda's interview this time around is with Takuya Kimura of SMAP fame. Not sure what SMAP is? Here's a good starting point to learn about them: http://www.thegrandline.com/smap.html

    So about the interview, what's in it? Well, as someone who's been trying to promote OP overseas for almost a decade now, it was actually a bit of a frustrating read. The first half of the interview features a section where Oda thanks Kimura for essentially, 'making it okay for OP fans to publicly admit they like OP'.

    I was a little shocked by the comment as it's something of a slap in the face to those of us around the world in our own respective languages working hard as we can to promote One Piece in our home countries. But bruised ego aside the interview did open up a few other interesting personal ideals of both Oda and Kimura.

    Kimura relates when he was doing a TV-associates job in areas affected by the earthquake making meals for the homeless after the earthquake (probably for the annual '24 Hour Television' charity event) and he was greeted by a boy around high school age that said, "I bet I love OP more than you."

    When Oda heard that from Kimura he said he was extremely happy because as a manga author he can't ask for anything more. He discusses again the importance of his work connecting people.

    When Kimura suggested Oda would be a great writer for TV dramas or film Oda said he couldn't be which is something he learned during the Strong World process, he can't just write lines. When he creates, he creates lines and pictures at the same time. So he has to draw them out before he can proceed. As that's not the case when writing for a film, he doesn't feel he can handle that.

    Oda confirms what he heard earlier in the year on Real Scope that nobody around him calls him 'Oda-sensei'. He doesn't want a wall between them. He says a manga artist could be very charismatic if they just shut up and draw but he doesn't want that. He prefers to be closer to his readers. That's why he does things like those hyper introductions to the volumes on the front flaps.

    We learned that Oda drew Kimura in Shanks style (WITH AN ARM) and that image will be released in a photo album going on sale on September 30th called 'Takuya Kimura X Men's Non-No ENDLESS'.

    We also learned via Kimura that veteran Japanese comedian Sanma Akashiya isn't all talk when it comes to his occassional One Piece blurts. He's a real fan catching up with the series. Kimura sent him a text saying he was the Whitebeard of Japanese comedy with bucked-teeth instead of a 'stache. And Sanma sent back an e-mail saying that must mean Kimura was a Shanks with an arm. Thus somewhat of a coincidence with Oda's depiction of Kimura.

    Those are pretty much the big points. The images are great to look at as we get a very close look at a recent version of Oda's desk looking VERY clean and updated! You can see those pictures at our FaceBook page and maybe Zach or someone can edit this later to include links to full-size pics.
    Here some pics, thanks to Greg too.



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    Nothing special out of the interview or atleast not much One Piece related stuf, I don't find Oda comment offensive... its just the way it is.

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    that drawing with Hoe and Shirahoshi on the last picture on the wall look interesting.

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    Love Oda`s working place..so much stuff everywhere :)
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    Looks like Oda's growing himself a manly beard.

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    Oda really likes animal heads.


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    In that last picture, I spy a drawing that may be a future colorspread, featuring Ryuuguu Palace...

    Thanks, Greg and Redon. Oda-san is just being his humble self.

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    I wouldn't be too put off by Oda's comment, Greg; if SMAP is as famous as your article says, it's probably akin to someone like Billy Idol saying he really likes One Piece, or Robin Williams really liking The Legend of Zelda (which is true for the latter! XD)



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    I love that big bottle of Corona on his desk.

    Also, Oda is Manga Muhammad. He doesn't show his face so people won't worship him.
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    SMAP is/was so big in Japan it's unbelievable. I don't think there's an American/British equivalent.

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    Hm, interesting......the Oda pics are a nice bonus.

    Thanks to redon and Greg.
    Last edited by MetaMario; September 11th, 2011 at 03:13 PM. Reason: I mean, his desk is pretty well-kept...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lazy Justice View Post
    SMAP is/was so big in Japan it's unbelievable. I don't think there's an American/British equivalent.
    All the more reason to not be insulted. How can anyone else's endorsement, local or foreign, hope to compete? ;b



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    ^Greg probably knows this. That guy is so vocal about OP he did make it okay for the older ones to read it back then. All his fans ran to check what it was. Oda's simply thinking of the japanese audience.Thanks for the article/pictures.
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    I don't mean for this to sound like a pimp, though it kind of ends up being one, but Greg goes through everything about the SMAP/One Piece relationship in excruciating detail in one of our episodes from early March if you'd like to give it a listen, we recorded it just a few days before the earthquake: http://onepiecepodcast.com/blog/2011...-piece-banzai/
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    Thanks Redon, for posting the article. Really cool to see Oda's work spot. I see he has a large collection of figures--I don't own any and am not that familiar with them, are those all OP figures, or are there others there? Wish he didn't smoke, though I know its a very common thing there. (sigh) Ah well.

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    Thank you redon and Greg. Your effort is very much appreciated.

    So that's the place where history is written and drawn? It feels magnificent only seeing it. Though it's a shame that Oda-sensei didn't show his face.

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    Haha, oh wow. Never expected two of my fandoms to have such a collision. So for any of those wondering what some of those figures are on display in what I presume is Oda's workplace, a lot of them if not all appear to be from ThreeA:


    But perhaps a little more interestingly, ThreeA is Ashley Wood's toy company and his main claim to fame is drawin giant robots over and over again so of course his toy company produces a fair few of those also. Perhaps this chap will look a little suuuuuuuuuuuper familiar:
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    Haha that robot on the right looks like Franky
    Nice one ^^

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    lego tissue box and a bottle of corona

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    Is the brand of Oda's cigarettes "Next"?


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