The manga and anime industryas occurs in other audiovisual media such as cinema or television, have a beginning brainstorming where the author writes different interesting ideas to later apply them or not depending on what situations or part of the story. That is why many of the ideas that initially seemed very good at the beginning ended up being discarded at the end of the process, such as when God of War 2018 was going to be in Egypt instead of the Fjords.
But it is quite curious to see, especially when we talk about anime, to see the idea that the author had the author at the beginning of his trip about according to what characters. That is why we have started to investigate a little on different websites to bring you the different designs that were initially going to be part of the most famous anime in the world today, such as One Piece, Dragon Ball, Naruto or Boku no Hero. Academy.
One Piece – Nami and Sanji
Nami has evolved a lot since her first appearance in One Piece where we saw her with short hair and a great desire to fight. Behind the timeskip we saw additions that refreshed the character, although it is true that we did not need to see certain parts of her body grow to make her more of a strong character than a feminine one.
However, the original design is quite curious, since Oda at first seemed like she wanted to opt for a human body with robot touches which, from our point of view, suited her quite well and it seemed that in addition to being a pirate she was going to help Cloud to blow up Midgar with a nuclear bomb.
On the other hand we have Vinsmoke Sanji, the eternal smoking cook of the straw hat crew that we all know for his distinctive black suit with blue shirt. With the timeskip She didn’t have as many drastic changes as Nami, Franky or Usopp, but the little additions gave her enough charisma that the character lacked.
However, if we look at the original design that Oda had in mind, it seems that instead of using his legs and avoiding damaging his hands to cook, he was a legendary gunslinger who had no rival, an aspect that we have practically never seen in the work since superhuman powers and white weapons have always been chosen, such as katanas or giant mallets.
Naruto – All Team 7
The work created by Masashi Kishimoto has gathered an incredible legion of fans who have not stopped following and revisiting the adventures of Naruto Uzumaki and the entire team 7. However, if we look at the original designs, the style of the mangaka about their protagonists were much more steampunk and badass than those we know from normal.
Naruto had long hair and seemed to be much more mischievous than he was, Sakura looked a bit more rebellious than the final version and Sasuke looked much more hostile and flashy than the vengeful emo we met later.
Itachi Uchiha and Gaara
Itachi is, for many, the best character in the entire series. The thread and narrative development of him began being very mysterious, knowing only and only that he ended the entire Uchiha clan and obtained the necessary power to activate his Mangekyo Sharingan. We won’t spoil his development, but those of us who know his story know very well how special he is to the series and how important he was to Sasuke.
The design at first was very far from the final one, making it clear from the beginning that he was a very hostile and lonely person. It also seemed that he was going to go without a shirt and he was not going to have long hair, two things that we do not imagine if we think of the current Itachi.
From the first chapters we knew that Gaara was going to perpetrate in the hearts of many fans of Kishimoto’s anime. His fight against Rock Lee is historic and his character evolution is spectacular, despite the fact that in Shippuden he became a supporting character rather than a secondary one.
If we look at the original design, the author was sure from the beginning that the character had to be very enigmatic and fueled by hate. Of course, it seems that the sand was not his main “weapon” originally, but that it was a dog with the Kanji so controversial on the forehead that it does not mean what everyone thinks.
Boku no Hero – All Might and Deku
The greatest hero of all in Boku no Hero was not always as we think. All Might is easily recognized by her huge muscles and wide smile that takes her everywhere despite all the damage she has received throughout her entire career. However, that force seemed to be much more focused on other aspects in her original design.
As we can see in the image above, All Might was going to have a kind of scarf that we imagine would become part of the outfits of Professor Aizawa while the most expensive one seemed to be a sketch of the fire that surrounds Endeavor’s face, although the muscles have remained there to strengthen his smile.
The protagonist of the series, Izuku Midoriya, is one of the great shonen characters today along with Denji, Itadori or of course, Monkey D. Luffy. It is true that his evolution has grown a lot over the years, but he is still the boy who one day wanted to be like All Might’s idol.
However, the original design was far from what was to be the successor to One for All, especially because of its “pints”. If we look closely, Deku was initially going to wear a suit and his hair, also long, opted more for mystery and duality. What is most surprising is his face, which urges more to be a villain than the hero we all know.
One of the first animes that went international around the world also had changes in its beginnings. Ryuk, the Shinigami who delivered the Death Note to Light Yagami one boring day, was not the gigantic and terrifying demon that we all knew several years ago and that had such an impact on the whole world.
At first he seemed to look similar to the protagonist, Kira, being much more human and looking like a person like any other. He also looks like he has a kind of skeleton behind him that would give that infernal touch that we like so much, in addition to having a deadly look that conveys that hostility that the ultimate Ryuk gave.
Dragon Ball – Goku
Last but not least, we have to talk about Dragon Ball, the most iconic anime series in all of history. The work created by Akira Toriyama has made everyone fall in love thanks to its recognizable and memorable protagonist, Son Goku, a half-monkey boy who came to earth after Frieza destroyed his home and family.
However, it should be remembered that the original design was directly inspired by the God of the monkeys Sun Wukong, from the classic Chinese epic novel Journey to the West that has had such an impact in Asian countries.
Killing a God sounds like something that only a few can do and only if it is another God or a demigod in any case, but what if we tell you that there is a work where humans are capable of facing different gods? This is the case of Record of Ragnarok.