Eiichiro Oda, One Piece author and illustrator, revealed that he almost had second thoughts about the fate of Portgas D. Ace.
In a recent 2012 interview partially translated by X (formerly Twitter) user @/sandman_AP, Oda shared about the warm reception given to Monkey D. Luffy’s brother. “When Ace first appeared, the reaction from my audience was huge,” Oda said. “So I’m worried about whether to kill Ace or not. I planned to kill him just one year after he appeared, but in the end it took 10 years.” Oda’s comments can be traced back to One Piece Magazine Vol.3.
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While the strong fan reaction to Ace didn’t stop Oda from taking on him, it seems like it may have delayed the inevitable by a decade. To this day, Ace’s death remains one of the most important moments in One Piece history, especially since with the exception of tragic flashbacks, major character deaths are rare in the world of One Piece. series. The fact that it happened to Luffy’s brother makes this heartbreaking moment even more epic in its impact.
Ace’s passing was also an eye-opening moment for Luffy himself. According to the plot, not long ago when the Straw Hat captain was forced to separate from his crew by Bartholomew Kuma in the “Sabaody Archipelago” arc. Failure to protect his friends and brother made Luffy realize that he was not strong enough to venture deeper into the New World. This caused him to make the painful but necessary decision to let everyone practice on their own and meet again two years later.
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Despite its 26-year history, the One Piece series continues to attract many new fans around the world. Netflix’s surprisingly well-received live-action adaptation has opened the door further for newcomers, while also reminding longtime fans why they love it. One Piece from the beginning. The highly anticipated animated adaptation of Gear 5 Luffy is already an internet sensation, and even if Luffy’s appearance at the 2023 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade wasn’t as exciting as everyone in attendance hoped it would be. wait, it’s nonetheless inspiring to see one of Japan’s most beloved anime characters represented in a major Western tradition.
While the One Piece manga is gearing up for its final storyline, the anime continues to excite fans as it nears the “Egghead” arc. Part 2 of the live-action One Piece series is also currently being produced by Netflix.
Source: X (formerly Twitter)