- D (Dokusha means Reader)
- O (Oda)
Chapter 147, Page 46
O: Before I start the SBS, I present the CMC (Chotto Machigae Chatta, "A Little Mistake") Corner!! This is for anyone who bought the first printing of Volume 16. It said that Chopper's name was "Tony-Tony Chopper", but that was a mistake on my part. It's really supposed to be "Tony Tony Chopper", so please try to remember that as you read it. What?! You don't care?! Oh well, now that you mention it, it doesn't really change the name at all. And now, THE SBS...
D: Hello, Oda-sensei. It seems that lately, everyone wants to call out the title at random. Well, I'm one of them. But I'm sure you would like to say it as well. So why don't we split it halfway? Let's go! "START THE SB".
O: "S". Ah... HUUHHHH...?!!
D: WHERE IS THE OKAMA WAY? Is it my house?
O: Hmmm. Where? That's a difficult question... since it IS the "path of those who have opened their eyes". I THINK IT COULD EXIST ANYWHERE <3.... AAAH!!
O: Yes you are. The giant "Warriors of Elbaf"s image came from my original love for those pirates of the north, the "Vikings". So you are correct.
ALL HAIL THEIR VALOR!
Chapter 148, Page 66
D: Oda-sensei!!! OHHHAAAAAAA!!!
O: OHHHAAAAAAAAA!!! (Playing along).
O: Momoo? To be precise, Momoo is classified as a "Sea Beast". It's the same thing in "One Piece" as what we call sea-dwelling mammals in our world, like seals or whales. Therefore, simply think of "Sea Kings" as giant, non-mammalian animals living in the sea.
D: Does One Piece have an official home page?
O: Hmmm. Maybe, maybe not. Not specifically for One Piece, but there is a Jump page, and in there is a One Piece corner. The name of the webpage is "Pop Web Jump", so if you run a search for that, you should be able to find it.
D: Please listen to me, Oda-sensei. When I was standing around reading in a bookstore earlier, I realized something. I thought, is there some kind of connection between Vivi-chan and ancient Egypt? Vivi-chan's full name is Nefertari Vivi, and her father's name is Nefertari Cobra. In ancient Egypt, the name "Nefertari" meant "the most beautiful" or "the most wonderful", and therefore was often affixed to the portraits of queens and princesses. Also, Arabasta is a sand kingdom, and her father's name is Cobra. I'll be really happy if I got it right. If I am, please acknowledge me as a rival to Knowledgeable Himeko. By Maimai.
O: I see... Is that what it means? Nefertari, I mean. Nice. I most certainly used ancient Egypt as a model for Arabasta, so I just flipped through a book about Egypt and picked out names that sounded nice. I see... I picked out a good name (for a person). Okay! I'll acknowledge it! You are a rival to Knowledgeable Himeko!! I see...
Chapter 149, Page 86
D: How is a volume of comics created? Like, where exactly does the "name" get decided, and everything? Please tell me.
O: The "name". Ah yes. I do the "Great Name Introduction" in these books sometimes. I'll give a full explanation of the order it goes in. The entire schedule we go through to get this book into your hands.
- Step 1: Space Out
Space out dejectedly.
- Step 2: Meeting
Talk to the people at Jump about what will be in the next chapter.
- Step 3: Planning
Think about what will actually go in the chapter.
- Step 4: Name
Write a "name" on a blank piece of paper.
- Step 5: Show the Name
Fax the name to the boss. If he doesn't like it, we fight, or I rename it.
- Step 6: Master Copy
Call the assistants over to my house, and we go nuts for 2 or 3 days. We draw the master copy.
- Step 7: Jump goes on Sale
Jump goes on sale around the country.
- Step 8: Meeting
Now I talk with the high-tech boss Y-san about the cover of the book and how to color it.
- Step 9: Make the Extras
Draw the cover pages and make the SBS.
- Step 10: Book goes on Sale
It's already complete a full month before it's available in stores. The end.
So this is basically how it works. Well, this is my schedule, but all artists have their own pace. Just consider trying to draw before coming up with a name for your master copy is like manga artists' block.
Chapter 153, Page 166
D: Hello, Oda-sensei. I am "Always Serious Aiko-chan!!" In Volume 15 you suggested that we write fan letters to Toei Animation. I would like to, but I don't know what the address is. Please Oda-sensei, tell us with your Heart and Spirit.
O: Okay. I've gotten a lot of postcards like this, so I got permission from Toei Animation. Here it is:
(An image of the address)
Please send fan letters to the One Piece animators at this address. Even a single postcard with a one line sentence from the viewers (In my case it would be readers) cheers them up and gives them great energy, really. Sometimes I get letters to the animators, but I wish that you would send those sentiments directly to the people who created it.
D: Um, it seems like whenever Dalton-san, the Captain of the Drum Civilian Defense Force, is asked a question, he says something extra after it that doesn't matter at all. Is it because he's a nice person?
O: He does certainly say some unnecessary things. But I bet it's because he's just a good guy. Oh, and he likes chestnuts, by the way.
(Two images of two scenes from the manga, with the following text).
Dalton: It's a lakeshore town further north of here. And also... skating is popular there.
Dalton: There's no denying that she has skill. But she is a rather... strange old woman... She's almost 140 years old.
Sanji: A... 140?!! And she's alive?!
Dalton: Well... yes... she does like those dried plums.
Chapter 154, Page 186
No questions, just a little game made by 'Meso-chan from Hokkaido'
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