Do you know Sanji’s real name, the one intionally given by Eiichirō Oda in the first Japanese version of One Piece?
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In 26 years of existence, the ultimate work of Eiichirō Oda has not finished surprising us. In addition to these sensational twists in its history, One Piece is also full of crisp little anecdotes around its very creation. Characters inspired by celebritiesinfernal production rate… Each piece of information is worthy of interest for manga fans who want to know the inner workings of their favorite manga.
After revealing the original first names of the characters in the first French version of One Piece which should shock more than one, Eiichirō Oda also spoke about the creative process around the character of Sanji, the crew’s charismatic cook. The latter should have had a completely different name.
Eiichiro Oda reveals Sanji’s real name
Honestly, what would the Straw Hat Crew be without its head cook, Sanji? Very popular with fans, the furnace master is often daydreaming about the fairer sex, and does not hesitate to fight against powerful enemies. Despite his somewhat superficial side, he is a loyal member of the crew and will do anything to protect his friends.
But you were told that the iconic cook should not have been called Sanji… but Naruto ! In Japanese, naruto means “swirl”, and this refers to the particular shape of his eyebrows. However, Eiichirō Oda decided to change his name after hearing about Masashi Kishimoto’s manga featuring main character Naruto Uzumaki. naruto was released in 1997, the same year as One Piece.