One Piece is the most popular manga in Japan. Initially, Oda planned to end One Piece sooner (after five years of serialisation), but the manga, now in its 15th year, has become a cultural juggernaut.
If the 37-year-old manga artist does ever end the comic, he’ll retire. “If I stop drawing One Piece,” Oda recently said, “I’m thinking I’ll quit being a manga artist.”
Continuing, he said, “To be precise, this isn’t going to be serialised for a long time, and that I swear on my heart.” What’s keeping him going, Oda said, is that he’s thinking of the work he’ll leave behind after he’s dead.
Dude needs a holiday. And a nap.