One Piece: the love and fanaticism that the Japanese have for Eiichiro Oda’s manga / anime

In love with “one piece“, shohei sato He wanted his marriage to take place entirely with the theme of the famous Japanese manga that, for 25 years, has seduced hordes of fans like him with its many adaptations, including a new movie and a series in the near future. Netflix.

Since childhood, Sato, 29, estimates that he has spent “well over 10 million yen (about $68,000), if not 20 million”in products derived from this manga with the adventures of the pirate Luffywhich runs Japan with his straw hat, and to participate in meetings around the theme “one piece“.

So his friends and colleagues weren’t surprised to discover the pirate ship-shaped cake during his wedding in July, or to see him posing with his wife. Junna in front of a giant billboard Luffy and his crew.

“I always lived with one piece and I wanted my marriage to pay tribute to him”Explain sato to AFP at home in tokyowhere stuffed animals reign choppera half-human half-reindeer character, next to shelves full of this manga that has sold more than 500 million copies worldwide.

“One Piece Film: Red”the fifteenth animated film adapted from the series -in theaters since this summer-, was the premiere that attracted the most viewers this year in Japan. shohei sato he saw it 21 times.

A true worldwide success, the feature film attracted crowds of fans dressed in New York.

Unconditionals often explain that their love for “OnePiece” is due to its dialogues and endearing characters, to the point that the author Eiichiro Oda I would shed tears drawing them.

The work is so abundant that its publisher Shueisha every year he organizes a contest about his universe, where tens of thousands of followers compete to become the “King of Knowledge”. One year, shohei sato he qualified tenth.

Impact all generations

“OnePiece” published in the weekly Shōnen Jumpaimed primarily at a teenage male audience, but its humor, panoply of colorful leads, and action scenes appeal to a much wider audience.

“Impact all generations”it states Natsumi Takezawaa 34-year-old Japanese woman who likes to relax with manga after picking up her 5-year-old daughter from daycare, cooking her dinner, and giving her a bath.

this manga “It gives me the energy to do housework”comment.

Takezawa explains that thinking about the scene where the hero Luffy She manages to get over her brother’s death thanks to her friends who also helped her when she lost a close friend this year.

“What experience does it take to draw such a powerful scene?”he wonders.

The last episode, which is supposed to end this saga -which its author stated in 2019 to want to conclude “within five years”-, was published in July.

But for shohei satocould be prolonged “seven or eight years” more.

one piece It’s part of my life now and I want to read it to the end. I refuse to die before”summarizes.

AFP

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