One Piece author Eiichiro Oda’s generous donation has silenced those who once opposed the artist’s fundraising plan.
A trusted One Piece news translator on Twitter by the name of sandman (or @sandman_AP) recounted the situation in detail on their page. After Oda’s hometown of Kumamoto, Japan suffered a devastating earthquake, he proposed erecting statues of One Piece characters to aid reconstruction efforts. The proposal to elevate the statues, depicting eight members of the iconic Straw Hat Pirates, was finally approved. However, many people objected to this decision, citing the construction of the statues as a waste of taxpayers’ money. These protests continued until residents in the area realized how much Oda herself had donated to the cause.
Eiichiro Oda’s generous donation quelled protests from Kumamoto residents
Residents of Kumamoto eventually discovered that Oda had donated more than 800 million yen (approximately $5.91 million) out of his own pocket to Kumamoto. He donated in two parts, one part totaling 500 million yen and the other totaling 300 million yen. At the time Oda donated 500 million yen, the bounty for his character Monkey D. Luffy in the One Piece manga was the same amount (only in berries instead of yen). disapproving of the statues silenced their protests.
Since the manga’s debut in July 1997, One Piece has become the best-selling manga series of all time, with over 516.6 million copies in circulation worldwide. Oda is currently working on the final installment of the series, with the infamous Red-Haired Shanks competing directly with the Straw Hats for possession of One Piece. While Toei Animation’s beloved One Piece anime is still going strong, the franchise’s latest major project is Netflix’s brand new live-action adaptation starring Inaki Godoy as Monkey D Luffy.
One Piece Live-Action coming soon
Netflix’s upcoming live-action One Piece series has gone through a rough patch of production. Initial reports suggested that the film’s first preview screening was a failure with audiences, with viewers unfamiliar with the manga complaining that the story was difficult to understand. However, the rumor was later debunked. Oda, who was closely involved in the film’s production, recently assured his fanbase that the film would not be released until he was satisfied. While there are no in-depth plot details yet, a One Piece news account on Twitter recently leaked a list of titles and runtimes for One Piece live-action episodes, giving fans a better understanding of what it’s going to be about. what they can expect from Season 1.
One Piece is currently available to stream on Hulu, Crunchyroll, and Netflix. The comic is available in English from VIZ Media.