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Eiichiro Oda talks about 'One Piece' ending

Oct 26, 2017
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The power levels mean nothing to where Oda wants to take the story though. "The One Piece is this, and Luffy finds it when he's old after a long journey and is, himself, a Pirate King" is an Ending that really doesn't need anything else behind it, other than him knowing the goal of his MC's journey.

Obviously things change along the way and the stuff gets more detailed, but that's not at all exclusive to what I've been saying.
ohhhh no i was thinking about how people like kubo could manage to flounder their way through a multi-year series without considering the ending.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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"Naruto becomes Hokage and has a kid!" is a pretty easy and obvious ending to pick though. For Bleach I agree, but Kubo isn't a writer, just someone who can draw cool pictures and thought he could drop a story.
I mean, yeah, but that’s pretty basic.

The path to that ending and the details concerning it often change as the story evolves, so it’s nice to hear a writer at this point has one mostly solidified. Nobody is shocked “Luffy gets One Piece” or whatever is already in Oda’s mind.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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Other than their introductions I hope Franky and Brook have an emotional arc in the series(which given their backstories they probably will). They just feel like they’re there and haven’t done much.
 
Nov 2, 2017
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ohhhh no i was thinking about how people like kubo could manage to flounder their way through a multi-year series without considering the ending.
Of course, exceptions make the rule.

I mean, yeah, but that’s pretty basic.

The path to that ending and the details concerning it often change as the story evolves, so it’s nice to hear a writer at this point has one mostly solidified. Nobody is shocked “Luffy gets One Piece” or whatever is already in Oda’s mind.
Of course it's basic, it evolves during where you actually flesh out the story. But normally where it goes is one of the easiest and most helpful things to think of when you actually write a story.

Well...no, no it's not. Plenty of people start without an ending in mind.
Well, yeah, it's exactly that way. It's a basic writing trope that most writers know the beginning and ending to a journey.
 
Oct 28, 2017
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5-7 more years, that's it. After Wano, will probably be 2 more arcs, with 100 chapters each more or less, ending it likely on 1200. Blackbeard, Shanks and the Admirals will probably be key characters in the final arc, so they won't get their own.

Eh, Naoki Urasawa and Inio Asano are both way more talented both at writing and art. Oda just has 1 good shonen manga.
Also, Satoshi Mizukami

...maybe not on the art part tho.
 
Oct 29, 2017
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Yeah, that's not happening unless wano is the second from last arc, lol. Even if that is the case, whole cake island took almost two full years alone and I don't see why wano and the following arc would be that much shorter
Plus Luffy is nowhere near high enough on the food chain to be a credible candidate as Pirate King yet. The press may be calling him the Fifth Emperor, but considering how Kaidou just gave him the business and he doesn't actually command his "armada" he still has a ways to go.
 
Oct 28, 2017
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Milan, Italy
No way in hell this ends in 2-3 years, Wano is only getting started and considering WCI already lasted around or longer than that, and considering there are at least 1-2 major arcs before the final saga, which itself considering its going to tie together the whole OP is going to be the longest one yet, i really can't see this being any shorter than 6-7 years imo.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Ohio
In the same article, Oda stated that the series would end with just over 100 volumes.. If that's true, I'd say we have 2 years~ to go.

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That means we are really dang close to the end. This coming from a guy that has been reading weekly since Thriller Bark, back in the mid-to-high 300s. I'm nowhere near ready for the thought that One Piece is ending.
 
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Oct 25, 2017
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That means we are really dang close to the end. This coming from a guy that has been reading weekly since Thriller Bark, back in the mid-to-high 300s. I'm nowhere near ready for the thought that One Piece is ending.
as a lot of people here mentioned, Oda is usually very tongue-in-cheek during interviews that include the remaining length of the series.

I bet we have at least another 4-5 years to go.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Ohio
These articles always baffle me. Like, why do they act like "knowing the ending in advance" is special, when it's literally one of the very first things us writers actually think about?
It's not necessarily standard for manga, especially considering it's weekly or monthly and there's no real guarantee the work will be popular enough to last or even get picked up. At best, they have a path, plan, and ending in mind, but it's more than likely that at most they have a concept they can use as a guiding point towards an end game.
 
Nov 2, 2017
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It's not necessarily standard for manga, especially considering it's weekly or monthly and there's no real guarantee the work will be popular enough to last or even get picked up. At best, they have a path, plan, and ending in mind, but it's more than likely that at most they have a concept they can use as a guiding point towards an end game.
Well, granted, it's more a thing for storyline manga, and not Shounen Manga, still nothing I'd ever feign any surprise for.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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I stopped watching a little way into when they are on that stupid elephant.
This story going anywhere? Honestly, this thing is getting so predictable.
Luffy saves another community from some asshole.
I feel like skipping these arcs to just get to the point between arcs. It seems like that's the only place where actual story happens.

Also doesn't help I've been spoiled by good animating anime lately.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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I stopped watching a little way into when they are on that stupid elephant.
This story going anywhere? Honestly, this thing is getting so predictable.
Luffy saves another community from some asshole.
I feel like skipping these arcs to just get to the point between arcs. It seems like that's the only place where actual story happens.

Also doesn't help I've been spoiled by good animating anime lately.
Read the manga, and get to WCI
 
Oct 27, 2017
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I stopped watching a little way into when they are on that stupid elephant.
This story going anywhere? Honestly, this thing is getting so predictable.
Luffy saves another community from some asshole.
I feel like skipping these arcs to just get to the point between arcs. It seems like that's the only place where actual story happens.

Also doesn't help I've been spoiled by good animating anime lately.
Don't worry, Luffy about to get bodied soon.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Fuji TV went on to ask how the artist would react if a fan were to correctly guess the ending he’s got in mind. Stubborn, Oda said he would have to change his ending if that were to happen, so it seems he is confident that no one will figure out where the Straw Hats will end up.
Jeph Loeb is that you?
 
Oct 28, 2017
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I stopped watching a little way into when they are on that stupid elephant.
This story going anywhere? Honestly, this thing is getting so predictable.
Luffy saves another community from some asshole.
I feel like skipping these arcs to just get to the point between arcs. It seems like that's the only place where actual story happens.

Also doesn't help I've been spoiled by good animating anime lately.
Yes, if you were to refer to villains as bosses in a video game Luffy will be fighting the 3rd or 4th from the end this arc u less some new world power gets introduced. And the animes pace is terrible.