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The SBS (質問を募集する Shitsumon o Boshū Suru?, "I'm Taking Questions") is a special column featured in most tankoban collections of the manga, beginning with Volume 4. It is generally formatted as a straightforward question-and-answer column, with Eiichiro Oda replying to fan letters on a wide variety of subjects. Depending on the specific question, Oda's answer(s) may be short and flippant, or long and detailed.

It is here that the ages of the Straw Hat Pirates were first revealed, as well as various facts about the story that are not immediately apparent (but nevertheless present) in the chapters themselves. Sometimes the information on the characters is just suggested in this section by the fans, which Oda just agrees with and makes it official; for example, Tashigi's, Chopper's and Robin's birthdays which were all fan suggestions. The SBS was also where the author revealed the existence of the hidden characters Pandaman and Tomato Gang, who appear hidden in the background at many points during the series. Because of the nature of the SBS and the appeal of One Piece, Oda will get questions of all kinds of nature from the serious to silly and the 'mature'.

Overview

SBS Navigation
04  •  05  •  06  •  07  •  08  •  09  •  10  •  11
12  •  13  •  14  •  15  •  16  •  17  •  18  •  19
20  •  21  •  22  •  23  •  24  •  25  •  26  •  27
28  •  29  •  30  •  31  •  32  •  33  •  34  •  35
36  •  37  •  38  •  39  •  40  •  41  •  42  •  43
44  •  45  •  46  •  47  •  48  •  49  •  50  •  51
52  •  53  •  54  •  55  •  56  •  57  •  58  •  59
60  •  61  •  62  •  63  •  64  •  65  •  66  •  67
68  •  69  •  70  •  71  •  72  •  73  •  74  •  75
76  •  77  •  78  •  79  •  80  •  81  •  82  •  83
84  •  85  •  86  •  87  •  88  •  89  •  90  •  91
92  •  93  •  94  •  95  •  96  •  97

A standard SBS column is split into several one-page installments. Each installment is placed between two chapters of the corresponding volume, serving as chapter breaks as well as maintaining the pages' recto and verso alignments so double-page spreads will stay intact.

(Note that several alternate features may break chapters instead, most often the Usopp Gallery Pirates or a Storyboard Presentation. In rarer cases, two chapters may run back-to-back without any break.)

Each column has a header, showing one or more characters spelling out "SBS" in some creative manner. Prior to Volume 50, these were all drawn by Oda himself, and differed by volume. However, per a reader's request in Volume 49's column, all subsequent headers use fan-submitted art, and differ with every individual installment.

SBS questions

Birthdays, Ages and other Trivia

Straw Hat Pirates

  • Luffy's, Zoro's, Nami's and Usopp's ages: Vol 4; Chapter 27
  • Luffy not killing villains; Vol 4; Chapter 30
  • Zoro's name origin: Vol 4; Chapter 28
  • Nami's bust size; Vol 4; Chapter 31
  • Zoro talking with swords in mouth; Vol 5; Chapter 43
  • Luffy and Zoro's first/second name order; Vol 6; Chapter 47
  • Sanji's ability to read any woman's 3 sizes; Vol 6; Chapter 49
  • Nami's 3 sizes; Vol 6; Chapter 49
  • Sanji's age; Vol 7; Chapter 55
  • Luffy's penis; Vol 8; Chapter 64
  • Nami's intelligence; Vol 8; Chapter 65
  • "D" in Luffy's name; Vol 8; Chapter 70
  • Luffy, Zoro, Nami, Usopp and Sanji's heights; Vol 10; Chapter 83
  • Luffy, Zoro, Nami, Usopp and Sanji's birthdays; Vol 15; Chapter 130
  • Chopper's birthday; Vol 16; Chapter 140
  • Chopper's age; Vol 19; Chapter 167
  • Luffy, Zoro, Nami, Usopp, Sanji and Chopper's animal resemblances; Vol 20; Chapter 177
  • Robin's birthday; Vol 25; Chapter 227
  • Robin's age; Vol 36; Chapter 342
  • Robin's height; Vol 37; Chapter 353
  • Nami and Robin's 3 sizes; Vol 37; Chapter 353
  • Luffy, Zoro, Nami, Usopp, Sanji, Chopper and Robin's favorite type of island and season Vol 38; Chapter 364
  • Luffy, Zoro, Nami, Usopp, Sanji, Chopper and Robin's specific numbers, specific colors and specific smells; Vol 40; Chapter 380
  • Franky's birthday; Vol 43; Chapter 415
  • Franky's age; Vol 44; Chapter 427
  • Straw Hats' favourite foods; Vol 45; Chapter 439
  • Straw Hats as a family; Vol 48; Chapter 460
  • Robin's animal resemblances; Vol 50; Chapter 485
  • Franky's animal resemblance, specific number, specific smell, specific color, and favorite type of island and season; Vol 50; Chapter 485
  • Brook's birthday, animal resemblance, specific number, specific smell, specific color, favorite type of island and season and family member; Vol 50; Chapter 485
  • Brook's age and height; Vol 51; Chapter 492
  • Straw Hats' genderswapped; Vol 56; Chapter 545
  • Straw Hats' nationalities; Vol 56; Chapter 545
  • Straw Hats' inner brain; Vol 59; Chapter 578
  • Straw Hats' suited flower; Vol 60; Voice actor SBS - Yuriko Yamaguchi; Chapter 594
  • Straw Hats' blood types; Vol 66; Chapter 654
  • Straw Hats' bathing; Vol 67; Chapter 665
  • Straw Hats' birthplace; Vol 69; Chapter 681
  • Straw Hats' ages after timeskip; Vol 69; Chapter 681
  • Straw Hats' heights after timeskip; Vol 69; Chapter 681
  • Nami and Robin's 3 sizes after timeskip; Vol 69; Chapter 686
  • Straw Hats' suited prefecture; Vol 72; Page 46
  • Straw Hats' least favorite foods; Vol 73; Chapter 728
  • Straw Hats' sleep schedules; Vol 74; Chapter 737
  • Straw Hats' suitable career choices; Vol 76; Chapter 754
  • Straw Hats' cooking specialties; Vol 79; Chapter 787
  • Luffy's hobbies; Vol 82; Chapter 818
  • Zoro's hobbies; Vol 82; Chapter 818
  • Who from Straw Hats is the winner in the 50-meter race?; Vol 85; Chapter 852
  • Brook's real favorite food; Vol 86; Chapter 864

Red Hair Pirates

  • Shanks' age: Vol 4; Chapter 27
  • Benn Beckman and Lucky Roux's names; Vol 5; Chapter 42
  • Beckman's intelligence; Vol 8; Chapter 65
  • Shanks' birthday; Vol 54; Chapter 529

Alvida Pirates

  • Mirror on Alvida's ship; Vol 6; Chapter 47

Buggy Pirates

  • Buggy's hat; Vol 4; Chapter 28
  • Mohji's hair; Vol 4; Chapter 29
  • Buggy mouth closed; Vol 6; Chapter 49
  • Buggy's Devil Fruit limits; Vol 7; Chapter 58
  • Buggy's penis; Vol 12; Chapter 103
  • Buggy does not bleed when dividing his body; Vol 20; Chapter 179
  • Buggy was captured Marines; Vol 54; Chapter 526
  • Buggy's birthday; Vol 60; Chapter 590
  • Buggy's age after timeskip; Vol 84; Chapter 841

Black Cat Pirates

  • Kuro's shirt symbols; Vol 4; Chapter 31
  • Jango's chin; Vol 6; Chapter 45
  • Morgan and Kuro; Vol 6; Chapter 50
  • Kuro's speed; Vol 7; Chapter 57
  • Kuro's intelligence; Vol 8; Chapter 65
  • Buchi's cape; Vol 8; Chapter 65
  • Kuro's age after timeskip; Vol 84; Chapter 841

Krieg Pirates

  • The hour glasses on the flag; Vol 8; Chapter 64
  • Krieg's age after timeskip; Vol 84; Chapter 841

Baratie

  • Patty and Carne's names;Vol 7; Chapter 57
  • Zeff's mustache; Vol 7; Chapter 58

Marines

  • Word on Morgan's chin; Vol 5; Chapter 43
  • Morgan and Kuro; Vol 6; Chapter 50
  • Hierarchy; Vol 8; Chapter 66

Seven Warlords of the Sea

  • Boa Hancock's birthday; Vol 54; Chapter 529
  • Gecko Moria's age and height; Vol 58; Chapter 567
  • Bartholomew Kuma's age and height; Vol 58; Chapter 567
  • Marshall D. Teach's age and height; Vol 58; Chapter 567
  • Donquixote Doflamingo's age and height; Vol 58; Chapter 567
  • Jinbe's age and height; Vol 58; Chapter 567
  • Crocodile's age and height; Vol 58; Chapter 567
  • Dracule Mihawk's age and height; Vol 58; Chapter 567
  • Boa Hancock's age and height; Vol 58; Chapter 567
  • Boa Hancock's 3 sizes; Vol 58; Chapter 567
  • Marshall D. Teach's birthday; Vol 59; Chapter 580
  • Donquixote Doflamingo's favorite and least favorite foods; Vol 82; Chapter 824

Worst Generation

  • Urouge's name origin; Vol 52; Chapter 508
  • Scratchmen Apoo's name origin; Vol 52; Chapter 508
  • X Drake's name origin; Vol 52; Chapter 508
  • Basil Hawkins' name origin; Vol 52; Chapter 508
  • Eustass Kid's name origin; Vol 52; Chapter 508
  • Trafalgar Law's name origin; Vol 52; Chapter 508
  • Killer's name origin; Vol 52; Chapter 508
  • Jewelry Bonney's name origin; Vol 52; Chapter 508
  • Capone Bege's name origin; Vol 52; Chapter 508
  • Trafalgar Law's birthday; Vol 59; Chapter 580
  • Urouge's birthday; Vol 60; Chapter 590
  • Scratchmen Apoo's birthday; Vol 60; Chapter 590
  • Basil Hawkins' birthday; Vol 60; Chapter 590
  • Eustass Kid's birthday; Vol 60; Chapter 590
  • Killer's birthday; Vol 60; Chapter 590
  • Jewelry Bonney's birthday; Vol 60; Chapter 590
  • X Drake's birthday; Vol 64; Chapter 629
  • Capone Bege's birthday; Vol 64; Chapter 629
  • Urouge's pre-timeskip ages and heights; Vol 68; Chapter 671
  • Scratchmen Apoo's pre-timeskip ages and heights; Vol 68; Chapter 671
  • X Drake's pre-timeskip ages and heights; Vol 68; Chapter 671
  • Basil Hawkins' pre-timeskip ages and heights; Vol 68; Chapter 671
  • Eustass Kid's pre-timeskip ages and heights; Vol 68; Chapter 671
  • Killer's pre-timeskip ages and heights; Vol 68; Chapter 671
  • Trafalgar Law's pre-timeskip ages and heights; Vol 68; Chapter 671
  • Jewelry Bonney's pre-timeskip ages and heights; Vol 68; Chapter 671
  • Capone Bege's pre-timeskip ages and heights; Vol 68; Chapter 671
  • Urouge's favorite and least favorite foods; Vol 81; Chapter 807
  • Scratchmen Apoo's favorite and least favorite foods; Vol 81; Chapter 807
  • X Drake's favorite and least favorite foods; Vol 81; Chapter 807
  • Basil Hawkins' favorite and least favorite foods; Vol 81; Chapter 807
  • Eustass Kid's favorite and least favorite foods; Vol 81; Chapter 807
  • Killer's favorite and least favorite foods; Vol 81; Chapter 807
  • Trafalgar Law's favorite and least favorite foods; Vol 81; Chapter 807
  • Jewelry Bonney's favorite and least favorite foods; Vol 81; Chapter 807
  • Capone Bege's favorite and least favorite foods; Vol 81; Chapter 807
  • Urouge's hobbies; Vol 82; Chapter 818
  • Scratchmen Apoo's hobbies; Vol 82; Chapter 818
  • X Drake's hobbies; Vol 82; Chapter 818
  • Basil Hawkins' hobbies; Vol 82; Chapter 818
  • Eustass Kid's hobbies; Vol 82; Chapter 818
  • Killer's hobbies; Vol 82; Chapter 818
  • Trafalgar Law's hobbies; Vol 82; Chapter 818
  • Jewelry Bonney's hobbies; Vol 82; Chapter 818
  • Capone Bege's hobbies; Vol 82; Chapter 818
  • Marshall D. Teach's hobbies; Vol 82; Chapter 818

Oda's Profile

  • Greatest treasure; Vol 4; Chapter 29
  • Character naming; Vol 4; Chapter 30
  • Animal appearances; Vol 4; Chapter 31
  • Personnel Profile; Vol 4; Chapter 33
  • Manga Artist decision; Vol 4; Chapter 33
  • Apprenticeship days; Vol 4; Chapter 33, Vol 6; Chapter 50
  • Hometown; Vol 6; Chapter 47
  • No. of assistants; Vol 7; Chapter 55
  • Character emotion depiction; Vol 7; Chapter 57

Hidden/Background Characters

Series Information

  • Logo misunderstanding; Vol 5; Chapter 43
  • Lack of Shading Tone; Vol 5; Chapter 43
  • Chapter nos. in production; Vol 6; Chapter 46
  • Price; Vol 7; Chapter 57

Misc infomation.

  • How many Devil Fruits; Vol 4; Chapter 33
  • Gero Gero no Mi; Vol 6; Chapter 49
  • Female Pirates; Vol 6; Chapter 50
  • Samu Samu no Mi; Vol 7; Chapter 54
  • Luffy's pose from vol.3; Vol 8; Chapter 65
  • Pirates and rum; Vol 8; Chapter 70
  • Sanji's knife text; Vol 9; Chapter 72

Postal Addresses

For SBS or Usopp Gallery Pirates.

"SBS!! Usopp Gallery Pirates" Staff
SHUEISHA, Inc. JC ONE PIECE
P.O. Box 66
Kanda Post Office, Tokyo
119-0163, JAPAN
〒119-0163
東京都神田郵便局私書箱第66号
集英社 JC ONE PIECE
『SBS!!ウソップギャラリー海賊団』係

Note: fans should bear in mind that Oda has mentioned in interviews that it is best to send letters in Japanese if sending to the Tokyo address. And for Usopp Gallery Pirates you must include your name and address directly on the back of the artwork. Otherwise it will be dismissed entirely.

Note 2: For SBS header illustrations, send them to the Usopp Gallery Pirates address. The image should be drawn as 14cm x 5.5cm on the back of a postcard.

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Viz:

Shonen Jump c/o Viz, LLC
P.O. Box 77010
San Francisco, CA 94107

Non conventional SBS

Volume 26 special header

On some volumes Oda did not use the traditional Question/Answer format but chose a topic:

  • Volume 11 was a special Going Merry SBS which depicts the ship's design.
  • Volume 16 where Oda made a correction about a typo.
  • Volume 26 International investigation Committee was a special about One Piece issues in the different countries it is published in.
  • Volume 46 was a special Thousand Sunny SBS which depicts the ship's design.
  • Volume 59 and Volume 60 had M.K.K. corners (Matomete Kakatte Koi; Come all at once) where Oda made quick decisions on characters' birthdays based on fan letters as long as he liked the reasoning behind the date.
  • Voice Actors SBS
    • Volume 61 had an HDK corner (Hai, Domo, Konnichiwa; Yes, Greetings, How are you)
    • Volume 61 had a 3D2Y corner, full of different sketches of what Oda was thinking of making the Straw Hats look like after 2 years.
    • Volume 64 had an HDO (Hai, Domo, Ohayogozaimas; Yes, Greetings, Good morning)

What does SBS stand for? By the Voice Actors

Trivia

  • In a 2007 interview, Oda stated that the SBS was inspired by "a certain manga" from his youth that ran - and eventually discontinued - its own "readers' corner" (読者コーナー Dokusha kōnā?) feature.[1]
  • In 2019, One Piece Editor Nairo revealed at a Knolwedge Quiz event that in Chapter 604, Oda had drawn Luffy picking his nose on page 12, and having placed a booger on Usopp's arm as seen on page 14, with the hopes that a fan would notice and point it out in an SBS.

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  1. Interview with website Manga Heaven, December 2007. Retrieved here, translated here.
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