Luffy’s dad has been living at a frenetic pace since he embarked on the titanic work that is One Piece. Now 47, Eiichiro Oda opened up about his health issues in an interview with the Japanese magazine Shōnen Sunday.
Eiichirō Oda and his life’s work
On August 4, 1997, the very first volume of the manga was released. One Piece. Nearly 30 years later, the adventures of Luffy fascinate thousands of readers across the globe. Over 480 million copies of the manga have been sold. This is more than JK Rowling’s legendary Harry Poter saga, which has sold 450 million books.
Its creator, Eiichiro Oda, gives himself body and soul every day to continue to deliver on time the rest of the adventures of the straw hat pirate. But to satisfy the fans, the mangaka adopts a frenetic pace of life which is not without consequences for his health, as he reveals in an interview in July 2022 granted to the Japanese magazine Shōnen Sunday (translated into English by blog wsstalkback).
Not in great shape for Luffy’s dad
Of a very discreet nature, Eiichirō Oda does not like to confide in his private life. However, the famous mangaka spoke about health problems. In this interview, the creator of One Piece says his health has deteriorated over the years. “The older you get, the more difficult and tiring it is to draw battles, isn’t it?”he said before discussing his problems with food and weight gain:
From the moment I started One Piece, I started to put on weight. It was common for me not to eat for 2-3 days, and I didn’t even have time to eat because I was sleepy. That’s why I usually don’t eat as much as other people, because otherwise I can eat a lot. Your body begins to feel weak and threatened, so it absorbs everything you ingest.
Oda also revealed that he quit one of his favorite activities, football, which he regularly practiced with his friends. The cause ? His physical condition which does not allow him to continue.
Before the coronavirus, I used to gather friends to play football together, but over time I realized that it was a sport that was a little too hard for my body. I was also in club soccer, but I’m so out of shape now that I completely gave up on that career hahaha.
It’s no secret that mangakas are under colossal pressure from publishers to quickly deliver their boards. Eiichirō Oda, aged just 47, has already been forced to take a break One Piecein 2020, due to serious health problems.