Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto and One Piece author Eiichiro Oda share a friendly rivalry.
A One Piece news translator on Twitter named @sandman_AP discovered this from a published chat in which the two artists discussed having each other as both influence and rivalry in the future. their manga career. At one point, Masashi Kishimoto lamented that he still hadn’t achieved with Naruto what Oda had achieved with One Piece. “I want to surpass OP [One Piece] in the manga, but I can’t,” said Kishimoto.
Naruto author’s praise for Eiichiro Oda
Kishimoto feels that he has a different artistic level than Oda, as evidenced by when he applauds the artist’s use of color. “The way you use color in One Piece is complicated. I could never do that. I think that’s your secret weapon.” Kishimoto said. “I’ve read a lot of comics and I’ve never seen anyone use color like you.” Kishimoto also praised the way Oda wrote his manga. “Oda’s sense of composition and composition is great,” says Kishimoto. “It doesn’t matter how many characters he has in a panel, he makes it all work like a picture. You feel like each picture has meaning and there’s a sense of continuing the story.”
One Piece author’s praise for Masashi Kishimoto
As the interview progresses, Oda also commends Kishimoto for his success with Naruto, explaining that it is the only work that has always motivated him when working on One Piece. “Of all the comics in the world, the one that makes me work the hardest is Naruto,” Oda said. “So I’m really lucky that he gave me such a hard time. That kind of experience is rare.” In Oda’s opinion, Naruto has a larger fan base overall than One Piece, despite One Piece’s status as the #1 best-selling manga title. “Naruto is more popular than the OP. [One Piece] in the world,” said Oda. “But I appreciate it makes me jealous.”
Oda also hopes that One Piece’s upcoming live-action series will help push the franchise’s popularity even higher, allowing him to finally overtake Kishimoto. “Given my longevity,” said Oda, “the Netflix series is One Piece’s last chance to go global.” The program production process encountered some difficulties. One Piece’s first live-action test screening was said to have failed with audiences, though that rumor was later refuted. Recently, Oda released a statement stressing that the One Piece live-action series will not launch until he is satisfied with the final product. While Netflix originally expected the project to release this year, fans may have to wait a little longer for the series’ premiere.
Both One Piece and Naruto have English versions from VIZ Media.