About Eiichiro Oda (尾田栄一郎)
Since 1997, serialized “ONE PIECE” in “Weekly Shonen Jump”.
As of March 2019, the cumulative total number of circulations in Japan has exceeded 380 million, and it has been certified as a Guinness World Record as “the most published comic series by a single author”.
The 67th volume publishes the first edition of 4.55 million copies, the highest record in the history of Japanese publishing.
He started painting at an early age under the influence of his father, who had a hobby of oil painting, and when he was four years old he learned of the existence of a profession called a manga artist, and he started aiming to become a manga artist because he thinking “I don’t have to work even if I grow up!”
When he was in the second year of junior high school, he started to draw manga in earnest.
Around this time, he set a goal to “draw a pirate’s manga in a jump” and started to collect ideas.
When he was in high school, he quit the soccer club and decided to concentrate on manga work.
In 1992, “WANTED!” won the semi-award on the Tezuka Award for “Weekly Shonen Jump”.
In 1993, “Ikki Yakou (一鬼夜行)” won the 104th Hop ☆ Step Award.
He dropped out of college in 1994 and served as an assistant to a manga artist.
The pirate manga “ROMANCE DAWN” that he drew during an assistant era will be the prototype of “ONE PIECE” later.