Welcome to the Grand SBS thread!
For the people who don't know: "Shitsumon o Boshū Suru" (SBS) means something like "I'm taking questions". So it's basically Oda's AMA!!
The clickable names and references will send you to the One Piece wiki, which will explain more about the highlighted term/character.
Enjoy this read, and be sure to discuss it if you feel like it.
This main thread features the first SBSes, up until Volume 10. The remaining SBSes will be added very soon, per 10 volumes. This takes more time than you might expect, so please bear with me while I complete this thread during the coming days!
To navigate between the different SBSes, you can use this menu:
Link to SBS 11-18: https://www.voidcentury.club/post9661#p9661
Link to SBS 19-26 (will be added ASAP)
Link to SBS 27-34 (will be added ASAP)
Link to SBS 35-42 (will be added ASAP)
Link to SBS 43-50 (will be added ASAP)
Link to SBS 51-58 (will be added ASAP)
Link to SBS 59-66 (will be added ASAP)
Link to SBS 67-74 (will be added ASAP)
Link to SBS 75-76 (will be added ASAP)
Link to SBS 77-78:https://www.voidcentury.club/post14650#p23603
Link to SBS 79-81: https://www.voidcentury.club/post14650#p23602
Link to SBS 82-84 (part 1): https://www.voidcentury.club/post19157#p19157
Link to SBS 84 (part 2)-88: https://www.voidcentury.club/post19160#p19160
Link to SBS 89-92: https://www.voidcentury.club/post14649#p14649
Link to SBS 93-96: https://www.voidcentury.club/post14650#p14650
Link to SBS 97: https://www.voidcentury.club/post14650#p23600
Link to SBS 98: https://www.voidcentury.club/post14650#p40582
Link to SBS 99: https://www.voidcentury.club/post14650#p47233
- D (Dokusha means Reader)
- O (Oda)
O: As announced in Volume 2, the SBS Corner is now created. I received a lot of letters, thanks to everyone that sent them. And now, I will give an answer to all of you reader's questions and comments.
D: How old are Luffy, Zoro, Nami, and Shanks?
O: A lot of people mailed me with questions regarding age. Really a lot of people. I guess this must be the No.1 question that everyone always thinks of. Well I will answer it now! Luffy is currently 17 years old, Zoro 19, Nami 18. Well, since we have no idea where Shanks is at this moment, I'll just answer how old he was supposed to be 10 years ago. In Luffy's village, he was 27 years old. As for Usopp, he's 17 years old just like Luffy.
D: How come all the enemies that Luffy meets, are all weirdos?
O: Eh... Weirdos...? Now that you readers mention it, I finally noticed that they truly are weird. But, I guess it's because the fact that they're weird makes them more mysterious. Aren't they much cooler this way?
D: Eiichiro Oda-sensei, can your arms and legs really stretch? They wrote that on "Weekly Jump".
O: Wah! I think I wrote that myself... But that's supposed to be a secret.
D: There's something I've always wanted to ask you, Sensei. What do you do with the things that the readers send you?
O: I place them all in my room. And I personally read all the letters and postcards that the readers send me. These letters give me the strength to work even harder. In other words, thanks to your mail, I can continue drawing as a mangaka. Thanks everybody!
D: Does the origin of Zoro's last name come from the pirate known as "François l'Olonnais"?
O: That is correct! The name really was taken from the so called "Most Fierce & Cruel Pirate François l'Olonnais of the Caribbean Sea". That name, "Morgan" and "Alvida" are all real names of real pirates.
D: I have a question about Captain Buggy! Are the two ponytails that pop out from his hat actually his hair? Or are they just some kind of decoration, or a wig? I really want to know! But, if that's really his hair, then he sure has long hair...
O: A lot of readers have mailed me asking the same question. Let me show everybody the details!
D: How come Luffy never feels "nervous" or intimidated?
O: It's definitely because he is stupid! Hahaha!
D: If Luffy's treasure is his straw hat, then is sensei's treasure a straw hat too? If it's not, then what is it...?
O: My treasure? No doubt about it,
IT'S ALL OF YOU MY READERS!
D: How did Mohji get that weird hairdo?
O: He had that hair ever since he was born. Only 2 areas grow extra long. If he doesn't cut it regularly, it'll end up like the following.
D: I got a new special move for Luffy: 1. First, he uses his Gomu Gomu Balloon, expanding his body. 2. Then he can use his Gomu Gomu Pistol (or use Zoro's sword) to puncture himself. 3. Then there will be a big explosion killing everyone! This move should be called "Gomu Gomu Bomb"!
O: Thank you for the interesting idea. But then Luffy would be dead afterwards!
D: How far can Luffy's arms stretch? Please tell me.
O: He can stretch them really far. Right now, Luffy can stretch about 72 Gomu Gomus. But Luffy is now working hard, trying to achieve 100 Gomu Gomus record.
D: Hello! I passed my high school entry exam and got into the high school I wanted, all because of Oda-sensei! Thank you, Sensei!
O: Yes. ....................................................... Huh?!
D: How did you name the characters ?
O: Names... Most of them were chosen because they sounded good for the characters. Also, some of them are based on real pirate names.
D: How come Luffy never kills his enemies? Throughout "One Piece" manga so far, he didn't kill Mohji and Helmeppo, but Axe-arm Morgan was killed by Zoro, why is that?
O: Hmm! That's a very good question. First, I have to announce that Morgan is still alive. He's currently in jail, where he was placed by his former subordinates. Why doesn't Luffy kill his enemies? Because in that era, everyone uses their lives to fight for their dreams. For an enemy, when their dream has been shattered, it is the same as losing a fight, and as painful as death. I believe, for a pirate not to kill an enemy, it's giving them a 2nd chance to fight for their dreams.
D: Sensei, do you like animals? Because there seems to be at least one animal in each splash page....
O: Yup, I even put animals in the front covers. I really like animals, but I think mine is the "normal" type of like. I just like to draw animals. I like changing them a lot. Like when I create a little bear character, I might give it some hilarious makeup, or a mysterious outfit, and let everyone guess what or who it is. Also, I love to use colors that aren't normal.
D: On Klahadore's clothing, there's a symbol that looks like poop, does it stand for poop? Or does it have some other meaning?
O: It is poop.
D: What are Nami's three sizes (bust-waist-hip)? I really want to know, please tell me?
O: Hey, that's an honest question. But to tell you the truth... I don't even know it myself. I will go and take some measurements! Aaah!
Nami: What?! My sizes?!
O: Ah! You scared me! Nami, you are here...? Great, can I measure you?
Nami: No problem, but it will be very expensive........
O: Huh? How.... How much?.............. What?! I can't afford that! Too expensive!!
Nami: If you can't pay, then forget it! Ask me when you got the money next time! Bye bye!
O: D... Damn it! Guess I have to give up! But one day I'll really measure her!! Be patient, young man! I'll keep my promise...!!
D: I have a question.... Why does Zoro always use that old people's clothing that he wears around his stomach (haramaki)?
O: That's disrespectful! You should go stand in the corner! Do you know that stomach band is one of Japan's proud winter clothing?! It is the best piece of armor against the cold!
D: The name "Mikio Itoo" appeared in "One Piece", "Butsu Zone" and "Ruroken" (Rurouni Kenshin). Who is he? There was no indication in any manga, can you please tell me?
D: I'll make it simple! Who is "Mikio Itoo"? I want to know. I found his images in Volume 1, pages 14 (frame 3, behind the Vice-Captain), 16 (frame 1, on the bottle) and 86 (frame 2, behind Luffy), and Volume 2, page 3 (in the corner, next to Zoro!). I keep finding the name! Are we suppose to guess who it is? Please tell me the answer. Who is he?
O: You guys found them? All of them? There really is someone with the name "Mikio Itoo". He's in "Butsu Zone" (now in Jump Magazine's "Shaman King", it's a "Sandan Takei" (aka Takei Hiroyuki) manga), and in "Ruroken" (Rurouni Kenshin) he also appeared as a traveller. All the "Mikio Itou" in all 3 mangas are indeed the same person. If you ask me who he is, all I can say is that he fought many battles along with his friend throughtout the desert, and his sharp shooting saved him and his friend many times. Soon in the future, he'll make an appearance in front of everyone.
D: How many "Devil Fruit" are there? And, what kind of fruit are they?
O: If you want to know what they are, please just continue reading my manga. How many are there? From the rumors I've heard, there are over 100. And many people with the special abilities are at "that place".
O: Hello. I might as well start the SBS corner now. Stand! Be careful!! Okay, stay there!!
D: I have an inquiry, Sensei. Doesn't the first mate on Shanks' ship have a name? And also the meat guy.
O: Take your seat. Of course he has a name. At first he was "Shofukutei Nezumi", because his face kind of looks like a mouse. That's what Usopp said. He was lying. His real name is "Benn Beckman". And the meat-eating fat guy's name is "Lucky Roux". There's really no need to remember something like that, but since I got asked enough, I might as well clear it up.
D: I have a question. I always see the sound effect "donnnn" (ta-dah!) in One Piece, but why "donnnn"? I think "babinnnn" would work just as well.
O: No. No good. No good at all. I use "donnnn" when I draw scenes to give them that "donnnn" kind of feeling, so if I drew in "babinnnn" it would give the picture a "babinnnn" feeling. But, maybe in a gag scene or something. Like "ufunnnn" (giggle).
D: Nice to meet you, Oda-sensei! I love the manga you draw, "Nep Ece"
O: RRRRRRGH! DAMN!! ...I love it when boys and girls misread and omit the letters like that. Makes me wonder if anyone can read those weird letters. I'm sorry for making the "O" and "I" in the title logo pictures and not simple letters. It's correctly spelled "One Piece". Remember that if you have the time.
D: What does the "Möwe" written on Morgan's chin mean?
O: It's a German word. It means "seagull". The pronunciation is kind of like "Mehve". He really is a sailor, isn't he?
D: You know, with Zoro's Santoryu, I don't think he'd be able to talk with the sword in his mouth... Could it be... ventriloquism?
O: IT'S HIS HEART SPEAKING.
D: You don't seem to use much tone. Is there a reason?
O: Well, it takes forever to start affixing the tone. It takes a lot of time (and it's a pain in the--)... My policy is, if you can only do partial tone, it's better just to make it black and white. That's my policy.
D: Oda-sensei! One... Two... Jango!!!
O: ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ... Ah!! Good morning!!
D: A while ago, a kid from around here asked me, "Where can I go to meet Luffy?". Where can I go to meet Luffy? The North Sea? The Mediterranean Sea? The Tone River? Lake Biwa?
O: Hmmmm... It's hard to say where to go in order to meet him. I suppose if you just set off on a relaxing voyage you might find him. But Buggy and the others are out there too, so please be careful. Please.
D: Ummmm, about "1, 2, Jango'"': what's that striped thing on his chin?
O: A mushroom. Before he ever became a pirate, he was a "wandering dancer". But business wasn't so good, so all he did was sleep. Without even taking a bath. And eventually a striped mushroom grew from his chin. Since he was so hungry, he tried eating the cap of the mushroom, but it was disgusting! But he gulped it down anyways, and somehow became able to hypnotize people. Therefore, the striped thing on his chin is a "leftover mushroom".
D: Hold on a minute, is Gaimon-san my father? (I checked with the Ministry of Education)
O: Ahh! Damn, you found out... You checked with the Ministry of Education... So that's how you found out... Gaimon-san was told to keep his mouth shut about this, but... Looks like we can't hide it anymore. Very well! Go see him! That's right, you are Gaimon-san's son! Go and jump into Gaimon-san's heart! Jump with all your strength! And while you're at it, go jump in the sea and cool your head off! You bastard!
D: When I told my friend "Buggy is sooooo cute ♥", she took a step back and called me a "weirdo"! Am I weird?
O: You're weird!! ... But I like Buggy too. And I'm not weird, am I? ...I'm special. I'm a special exception.
D: I have a request ♥ Please give me Gaimon-san ♥
O: Here you go. Oh... You should check with his son first, though.
D: When an artist is drawing Chapter 10, for example, what chapter is being printed in the newest Weekly Jump?
O: I see. I wondered about this myself, years ago. So I understand your curiosity. At this EXACT moment, Issue 46 of Jump is hitting the stands. It contains One Piece Chapter 60, "Solution". But I have finished the drafts up through Chapter 63, "I Ain't Gonna Die". So a chapter comes out roughly 3 weeks after I finish it. But that's only my CURRENT schedule. The people doing these weekly serials aren't actually all the same. I could change if need be. There are various cases.
D: What happened to the key Chouchou swallowed in Volume 2?
O: It came out. Shiny and brown.
D: When I was reading the Volume 4's SBS, you said that Luffy's arm could stretch about 72 Gomu Gomus, but I was wondering, just how many meters is 1 "Gomu Gomu"? (I checked with the Ministry of Education)
O: Oh, you again! Gaimon-san's son. And you looked at the Ministery of Education again... Meters, well...You can't put it those terms, you see? 1 "Gomu Gomu" is about 10 "Fairy Tale Gomu Gomus". 1 "Fairy Tale Gomu Gomu" is about 10 "Funky Gomu Gomus", so Luffy's arm can stretch about 7200 "Funky Gomu Gomus". Got it?
D: Where are you from, Sensei? It wasn't in your Volume 4 profile.
O: From Kumamoto. From Kyushu. From a wonderful place.
D: Why don't Luffy and Zoro go by the names "Monkey" or "Roronoa"? Or are those their family names, the Japanese way?
O: Yes. That's it. First family name. Then personal name.
D: Is there a mirror on Alvida's ship?
O: Whoa! Hey, hey... She's gonna throw that club at me! Don't ask me! Man, what a dangerous question. Something tells me there is no mirror. DONK!!! Whoa, she threw something!!
D: When you read One Piece, some mysterious characters show up from time to time. Like, in One Piece Volume 5, p. 182, in the third panel, there's an odd guy in the back. Who is he? I'm so interested, I'm not brushing my teeth.
O: No, brush your teeth. Dentists are scary. So... you found him. He is a wrestler named "Pandaman". I will introduce him to you some time later.
D: I know there's the Gomu Gomu no Mi, the Bara Bara no Mi, and all those other devil fruit, but let me tell you the one I thought up. It's called the Gero Gero no Mi (Barf Barf Fruit). The power makes it so you're always ****ing, so no one ever comes near you. Verrrrrrrry useful.
O: You eat it.
D: I noticed that you've never (I think) drawn Buggy-kun with his mouth closed. I want to see what his lips look like when they are shut.
D: When the question came up about Nami's three sizes (Bust-Waist-Hip) you said "I promise!!". So when are you going to tell us?!!
O: Hehe. I have a friend that comes in quite handy for this. His eye is quite accurate. It's that "weird chef", who can tell a girl's three sizes with just one look, Sanji-san!!
Sanji: Shitty guy! I ain't "weird"!! It's "love", I'm a "cook in love"!! Ah well, thanks for calling me. Just leave this stuff to me. Nami-san is so cute. And her style is right on. Now, let's take a look... B 86! W 57! H 86! No doubt about it!! She's so cuuuuute. Damn, she's a thief though. But I still love her!!
O: I kept my promise. Thank you Sanji! crack! Owwwww!
Nami: What do you think you're doing?
O: Ahh! Nami! Crap. Was I wrong?
Nami: No, you got it right. Oh well, it's nothing to worry about. Bye. walking quickly
O: ...Whoa!! Damn!! My wallet's gone!! Awwwwww.
D: Were there really woman pirates?
O: Yes, there were. But it was considered bad luck to bring a woman on board a ship in those days, and so many of them disguised themselves as men. There were two woman pirates, Mary Read and Anne Bonny, who were said to have fought more bravely than any man. By the way, my character Alvida was based on a female pirate named Awilda (or Alvida) who formed a pirate crew comprised entirely of women.
D: In an older manga called "Oni ga Kitarite" (by Shingagin-sensei) the second panel on p. 16 of the first volume could only have been drawn by you, Oda-sensei. Were you an assistant there?
O: I can't endure any more of these letters, so I'll go ahead and clear up this matter all at once. Hiroyuki Takei, Shinga Gin, Mikio Ito and I were all assistants for "Rurouni Kenshin". So when my friend "Gagin" got his own series, I gave him a bit of help. Also worth mentioning is Shinya Suzuki, who just had his debut published, and was an assistant for Rurouni Kenshin, as well as an occasional helper with One Piece. And that's the connection between all of us. OK?
D: When I went to the barber a little while ago and asked for a "Zoro haircut", he shaved my head. What should I say to get a haircut like Zoro's?
O: Ask for the cut of a "MAN'S HEART AND SPIRIT."
D: In Chapter 37, is the man who captured the fake "Kuro of a Hundred Plans", the Marine Captain "Axe-Arm Morgan"? When I asked my friend, he thought they looked the same too.
O: He's Morgan. He was a Chief Petty Officer at the time, and then got promoted to Lieutenant Commander. From there he strong-armed his way up to a Captain, and was put in charge of a Marine base. When Kuro looked in his eyes, he must have sensed some sort of kindred spirit between them.
D: To Master Ei. What time is it now~?
O: Uhhhh... Right now it's... 12! Let's start the SBS Corner!!
D: Does Shanks like me?
O: I don't care!
D: Oda-sensei! A little while ago, my friend came up and said, "I've found the perfect Devil Fruit for you", so I went ahead and ate it. Now it may just be my mind playing tricks on me, but I get the feeling that all the jokes I say aren't very funny.
O: Ohhhhhh... That one, huh? Allright, I'll lay it on you straight. You have eaten the "Samu Samu no Mi". If you eat that fruit, nothing but bad jokes come out of your mouth. And to make matters worse, you can't swim. You really got the raw end of the deal there, my friend. Ha ha ha ha. Laugh it up, laugh it up. Ha ha ha.
(Note: Samu(i) means 'cold', and is often used when someone says a bad joke. Kind of the same as when a comic says "tough audience".)
D: In the first volume, when the bandits enter the bar they destroy the door, so why is it that when they leave, it's repaired?!
O: That was the work of the carpenter "Minatomo-san". He has a short temper, so he cannot pass by a broken door or what-have-you without repairing it. I assure you, this wasn't my mistake.
(Text: "Don't joke around, punk!! Quit lookin' at me~").
D: Why does Sanji-san's eyebrow curl up at the end? Is it for fashion? Make it clear!!
O: Hey!! You there, sit down!! Now listen!! Everyone lives in circles!! The Sun, the Moon, and the Earth all spin in circles!! And!! If the Earth suddenly stopped spinning!! The planet would be covered in tidal waves!! It would be terrible!! Now remember that Sanji's eyebrow channels that same powerful circular energy!! Reflect upon this!! You may go!!
D: A question. How old is Sanji-san?
O: 19 years old. The same as Zoro.
D: Nami, Nami Nami, Nami, I love Nami. I won't give her over to that Sanji guy!! Therefore, I propose a duel, for Nami. Tomorrow, at 3pm, on the Red Line. Be there! Oda-sensei, is this okay?
O: OK!! Fight!!
D: How many assistants do you have? What do they do?
O: There are four. They help me with the backgrounds and so forth. They stay at my house and help me for 3 days and 2 nights a week, but to tell you the truth, I wouldn't be able to finish a chapter without them. However, it's such a silly place with all of us together that doing the work is very fun.
D: I have a question. How quickly can Captain Kuro run 100 meters?
O: To tell you the truth, it is extremely hard to measure his speed correctly, but I don't think it would take more than 5 seconds. Think of it as 4 point something. Whoa! That's a world record.
D: Are Patty and Carne's names from "spaghetti" and "calzone"? (Note: Calzone spelled in Japanese is Carutsōne (カルツォーネ), and Carne is spelled Carune (カルネ))
O: Hmmm! It is true that their names are derived from food-related words, but that's not right. Patty is taken from the name of a type of dessert chef (patissiere). And Carne is taken directly from the Spanish word for meat.
D: If Luffy is 7,200 Funky Gomu Gomus, does that mean Sanji is about 8,500 Funky Ero Eros?
O: Oh, no, not at all. He can get at least 930 Fairy Tale Ero Eros.
D: Could you make the One Piece tankōbon a little cheaper? (like 100 yen...)
O: Right now... 1 book is 410 yen. And Jump costs 220 yen... When I was in elementary school, a tankōbon was 360 yen and a Jump cost 170 yen. But the price of everything rises. There's nothing I can do about it. It's the same for everyone. And 100 yen is just never gonna happen.
D: Sensei! When you are drawing the characters of One Piece, and Luffy is mad, for example, do you get a mad expression on your face, or look really strained?? Tell me!! I do it.
O: Oh, I sure do. I make lots of faces when I draw. When I drew the double page spread of the break-up of the Usopp Pirate Crew, my face got really tired. I cried so much when I drew that, I thought my face was going to cramp up.
D: Are those three-roped things of hair coming out of Zeff's nose a mustache? Or it is nose hair? Or fake hair?
O: It's braided hair. The technical name is "somehow okay hair".
(Note: Oda's answer to that question is a pun. He says "yosage" (which could mean "okay hair") instead of "osage", or "braided hair".)
D: Oda-sensei! I thought of a great move!
1. Luffy stretches out his arm.
2. Zoro cuts his arm off.
3. The arm shoots away.
Note: the move can only be used twice!
O: Whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa...
D: To Odacchi: I am your betrothed. When are we going to be married? Should it be November 1? We're going to kiss in the marriage ceremony, right?! I'm sooooo nervous kiss! Actually, I'm Namie Amuro's little sister.
O: Okay... to the hospital.
D: I wanna say something to the guy who said Zoro's stomach band was for "old fogies" in the SBS on p. 130 of Volume 4!! You, yes, you!! First, I too wondered, why does "Cool Guy Zoro" have a stomach band? But then, once I realized that it's a part of Zoro, it became okay! I, yes I shall allow it! So you should too! Now we're friends!
O: ...Oh! A friendship between readers has bloomed... Wonderful.
D: Only the upper half of Buggy's body can fly around (or float, or whatever), right? So he should be able to send only his top half to the Grand Line through the air. Why doesn't he do that?
O: He cannot. A Bara Bara man has a certain distance limit to his ability. There is a 200 Bara Bara diameter circle around the point where the person touches the ground. Outside of that distance, he cannot control those parts of his body.
D: Did you know that Koby's father is the world champion of jump-rope?
O: No... I didn't know that. Koby's dad sure is amazing...
D: Is it true that Klahadore's pet is a mammoth?
O: No... I didn't know that either. I supposed he was keeping it around that mansion...?
D: What criteria do you use to pick your "Usopp Gallery Pirates"?
O: Well, the drawing skill, how fun it is, the artistic sense... But of course, the most valuable thing for any postcard is SPIRIT.
D: When I was working at a fruit stand a little while ago, there was some little brat who said, "How dumb, this place doesn't have any Gomu Gomu no Mi". If a kid like that comes to the shop again, what should I say? Please tell me. (Seriously).
O: In those situations, this is what all these characters would do.
Makino-san: "Yes, I'm sorry, we don't have any". Shrug it off like an adult.
Shanks: "DAHAHAHAHA!! You're 10 years too young for a Devil Fruit!!" Tease them.
Luffy: "I'll blow you away right now". Show no mercy.
O: Mimic the character you feel most similar to. I take no responsability for what happens.
D: Take a Character Fan Poll!!
O: Uhhh, I won't do it in the books, but I already did one in Jump, and the results will appear on page 148. (This poll was run for about two or three weeks after Chapter 49, "The Storm".)
D: Salutations. I am an earthlien* who lives in the same house that Usopp's father Yassop's friend's brother's girlfriend lived in a long time ago. *An earthlien is half-earthling, half alien.
O: Wowwwww. Let the SBS begin!! (Donnn)
D: The hourglasses on both sides of Don Krieg's skull and bones are supposed to indicate a threat to the enemy, but were hourglasses really used for that meaning? At that period in time.
O: There really were pirate flags with hourglasses on them. It basically indicated the time left until the death of their prey, so it holds a meaning like, "It's only a matter of time until your surrender".
D: Oda-sensei. Since Luffy is a Gomu Human, does that mean his "penis" can stretch, too?
O: His penis can stretch too.
D: I have a question. How many g/cm3 is Sanji's kick power? I would like you to give me an answer to two decimals, please.
O: To tell you the truth, it's impossible to measure. There are games at the arcade that measure your kick power? Well, if Sanji used one of those, he would destroy not only the game, but the wall of the entire building. But if you tried to put it into a form of measurement, I would say 21 bats. The power to destroy 21 wooden baseball bats in one kick.
D: Yo!! Ei-chan!! Are you still working on One Piece? Keep drawing, man!! Okay, Ei-chan, here's my question. Who are the "One Piece" characters with the highest and lowest IQ's?! Okay, that's enough for today.
O: I'll tell you. But when I say "in One Piece". I really mean, "of all the characters introduced so far in One Piece". And having cleared that up, the character with the highest IQ is Shanks' first mate, Benn Beckman. He is a great crewmate, who supports Shanks with his astonishing wisdom and strength. And right after him would probably be Captain Kuro, then Nami, etc. Now as for the lowest IQ... I can't decide the worst one. They're all idiots.
D: Oda-sensei, is your house really made of cardboard? (I heard from a friend.)
O: Yes. Whether it's rainy or sunny or snowy, I always draw my manga. But don't worry. The certificate ink I use is waterproof!! (Caution: good children should not believe me!)
D: What is that cape-like thing that Buchi of the Nyaban Brothers has? Is it a futon?
O: Actually, it's a "kotatsu-buton". He's a cat, after all.
(A kotatsu-buton is the futon that covers a kotatsu, which is a table with a heater underneath. The cover keeps the heat underneath, and cats are said to love hiding under the kotatsu where it's warm).
D: Is Luffy's pose on the cover of Volume 3 from Ken Shimura-san's "Aiiin"?
O: Oh my god, you're right!! It's Aiiin!! It really is. Yes, it is Aiiin.
("Aiiin" is a well-known gag from veteran comedian Shimura Ken. Ken's recent famous characters are Baka Tono (Stupid Lord) and Henna Ojisan. Baka Tono's signature pose is "Aiiiiiiin!" The sub-unit of Morning Musume, Mini Moni even did an entire song on it called "Ain! Dance Song")
D: Does Sanji-san like to say shit?
O: He loves to say shit.
D: I don't understand the Marines system very well. Is Captain the highest rank? Is Koby at the headquarters? Or a base?? Where does Lieutenant Fullbody stand?
O: This is it(→). This is the entire explanation of the Marines system in the world of "One Piece". The base Koby is in is the 153rd branch. Officers of the rank of Captain and above command the bases spread out all over the world. I wonder when the day Koby advances to be an Officer will come.
(also see Marines-Rank System.)
D: In Volume 5, pg. 159 (3rd panel), did that fat guy in the lower left corner manage to steal her food?
O: Well spotted!! Amazing!! That would be Mr. Motzel, the gourmet, yes? He ate her food. Then they fought afterwards. The girl beside him is Mr. Motzel's daughter.
D: Sensei, there's somethign I really want to have--a ONE PIECE Class Schedule!!
O: Class Schedule... ahh... that brings back memories! How about something like this!? Use a copier to enlarge it or shrink it, and use it however you like!! Are there schools with seven periods? I drew it that way, just in case.
D: If I want to be a girl as cool and courageous as Zoro, how should I start?
O: A girl, eh? Hmmm. First, you squat!! Then, in order to become courageous, eat some sardines!!
D: Konnichiwa Oda-sensei, I mean, nihao!! I wracked my non-existent brains and created a song for Luffy. Please read, dance and cry!
Gomu ×3 goooooomu yayyyyyy
I'm a gomu ningen, in other words, a rubber man?
Gomu ×3 goooooomu yahoooo
lalalalah lalah lalalalah oooh
Gomu ×3 goooooomu streeetch
I'm a pirate king, in other words, amazing!!
(Gomu ×3 gooomu)×2 Amuuun
How is it? I am the champion, right? I'm ready to take on the world, right? Shall I go? Okay.. Here I go!!
O: Yayyyyyy!! Get outta here!!
D: Is Luffy made of natural rubber? Or artificial rubber? -A Meteorological Agency Investigation- (Ministry of Education rip off)
O: He's naturally stupid rubber.
D: When we were talking about One Piece, I said I like Shanks, my friend S. likes Zoro, and I. likes Luffy, but R. likes Buggy and Jango. Should they go see a doctor?
O: Choosing those two is certainly a serious illness... But you should just tell them to rest at home and take it easy. And then tell them to get... stronger... and that life is worth living, and... stuff...
D: In "Monkey D. Luffy", what does the D stand for?! Is it "donburi" (a bowl)? Or maybe "daibutsu" (giant Buddha statue)? Or maybe...!! I'm really curious. Please tell me.
O: I've gotten a ridiculous number of these letters... So many. But I cannot answer that question. I can't answer it... yet. Please just read it as "D" and don't think too deeply into it, for now.
D: What is the connection between pirates and rum? Why is that every book mentions pirates and rum together in the same sentence?
O: It's not just pirates and rum, but sailors and rum. In short, rum is cheap. Because of that, back in the sailing days of England, the liquor they supplied the navy with changed from brandy to rum, and the hard-drinking men of the sea became associated with rum. As for why they would take so much liquor, it was because the water would go bad on longer voyages.
D: Last night, I met a guy from the Planet Gomu Gomu. When I asked him, "How far can you stretch your arm?" he said "705 Poison Gomu Gomus." How much is 705 Poison Gomu Gomus?
O: You met someone from the Gomu Gomu Planet?! Wow!! That's great!! A "Poison Gomu Gomu" is 10 times as much as a "Gomu Gomu". So in other words, 7,050 Gomu Gomus!! That's an astronomical length!! But be careful. Gomu Gomuns are notorious for giving the most ridiculous answers in the universe.
D: Sensei, I can't stop my "okay hair". How do I stop it?
O: There's no need to!! The SBS begins!!
D: To Oda-Sensei, I always(x2) have fun reading One Piece! By the way, in Volume 7 p. 18, third panel, the knife Sanji's holding appears to have some writing on it, but it's so small, I can't tell what it is. What's written on it? Please tell me!!
O: I'm not surprised you can't tell what it is. I drew it so you couldn't tell. However, you did well to find it. I'll fess up. It says "Hokuto no Ken" (Fist of the North Star). It was a really famous series in Jump from when I was in elementary school. Do you know it?
D: I decided, I wanna participate in the SBS Corner, too!! And this is what came out, so listen up. Do you like crap, Oda-sensei? The word pops up a lot, and it's drawn on Klahador's clothes, so I figured... Personally, I love it.
O: Crap?! I'd be too embarrassed to say such a naughty, filthy word!! Please, stop it!!
D: When I read about Usopp's past, told in Merry's refined speech, I accidentally started "man-crying", even though I'm a girl. The tears ran down my cheeks and into my mouth. What do you think it tasted like?
O: Like crap. (Rolling style)
D: I heard from somewhere that Sanji's afternoon snack is Castella (sponge cake). Is that true? (After all, "Sanji no Oyatsu wa Bunmeido")
O: Ah, I see.
(This is a joke based on a Japanese commercial for Bunmeido Castella cake. The catchphrase means "Bunmeido is the 3 o'clock snack", but 3 o'clock is "Sanji" in Japanese, so it can also sound like "Sanji's snack is Bunmeido").
D: Oda-sensei, this is the "Spirit of the Heart" (What Zoro uses to speak with the sword in his mouth), isn't it? (Pen Name Arunya)
O: Yes. This is a good "Spirit of the Heart".
D: Nobunaga: If the cuckoo won't sing, kill it.
Hideyoshi: If the cuckoo won't sing, make it want to sing.
Ieyasu: If the cuckoo won't sing, wait.
A haiku that expresses the personalities of those who ruled the land. What about you, sir?
O: Eiichiro: If the cuckoo won't sing, buy a cola. Meaning: "I want a cola right now." (And not that diet stuff)
D: I went to the barber and told him "A Spirit-of-the-Man's-Heart cut!!" Then he said, "Okay!!" and he shaved my head bald. Entirely the wrong look. Sensei, are there any requirements to become a Zoro? Tell me!! Sob sob.
O: Don't cry!! Stand up!! There are some battles in which a man cannot run from!! So what if you got shaved bald once?! When your hair grows out again, go back to that barber and challenge him!! A return match!! Well, if I were you, I wouldn't (Wild Laughter).
D: I LOVE SANJI LIKE THAT.
O: Like what?
D: Oda-sensei, it's awfull!! My friend has contracted "If-You-Don't-Eat-A-Snack-You-Will-Die" illness! How can this terrible, terrible affliction be cured?! He'll die soon!!
O: Don't get flustered!! Get a hold of yourself!! It's okay!! Chill out!! Calm down!! Okay, next question.
D: How many Debu Debus is Alvida's Debu-sa (Fatness)? WHIRLLLLL CRACK! AAAAAH!
O: Ahh, do whatever you want already.
D: What are the pistols in One Piece called? They don't look like matchlocks..
O: They are "flintlock pistols". The flint is a spark-making stone, so you can think of it as one step better than the fuse of a matchlock.
D: OI!! Oda-kun!! Sit down right there!! Now listen up!! I don't want to hear any junk about you wanting to look at the side of yor face!! What are you gonna do if you break your neck?! Value your life, sonny!! You shouldn't have to be scolded by some younger guy like myself!! Think on this!! You may go!!
O: Sigh... I'm very sorry.
D: When I tried to look at the side of my face in a mirror like you said on the inside cover of Volume 7, I twisted my neck and had to go to the doctor. The doctor asked me, "How did this happen to you?" What should I have told him?
O: Hey... A kindred spirit.
D: Hello. I have wine in my house ,so I wondered, "What country is it from?" And when I looked on the back, I saw the words "dry, full body". It was a bit of surprise. But I was rather pleased. Is this the origin of Fullbody-san's (The Ironfist) name? It is, isn't it? If it isn't, I think my life might be over.
O: It's not over! You are right! I really don't drink much wine, so I don't know a whole lot about it, but I learned that the strength of and heaviness of the taste is called "body"! Heavy wine a long fermentation time has a "full body", and as it gets lighter it goes to "medium body", and then "light body"! Thus my explanation of Lieutenant Fullbody's name is complete! Thank you very much!!
D: Where did Dandy Gin-san hide those weapons of his? Huh? There?! Well great, this thought is going to keep me from dozing off on the train now.
O: What?! Are you suggesting that he hid those weapons as his balls?! As Dandy Gin's golden balls?! You're going to make all the Gin fans very angry. Gin's a popular one, he is.
( "Golden balls" and "Testicles" are pronounced the same ("Kintama") in the Japanese language)
D: HEYYYYYY!! Guy who said he likes Namiiiiiiii!! Fight with me!! I love Nami 100x more than youuuuuuu. But I love you toooooooo. Am I a homooooooooo (angry)? No, we're frieeeeeends. You and I are frieeeeeeeends.
O: ...That's right. The guy who kept saying Nami Nami Nami in Volume 7. Get along, now!
D: In an SBS in Volume 7, you said Sanji-san's age was 19, but after discussing with my friend, we arrived at the conclusion that this was a lie. How old is he, really?
O: Uh, it's not quite up to you to decide that. All you can do is take my word for it... It's true.
D: Why did "Red Leg Zeff" eat his right leg? That's where his kick power lies, so couldn't he eat the left one instead?
O: BZZZZT. Wrong. The base of your kick strength is actually the "pivoting leg". For instance, if you were to try to kick a ball with your right leg, what would happen if you didn't have a left leg? You couldn't kick it, right? Why don't you go ask your soccer-playing friends? The life of the kick is contained in the leg that supports your weight!!
D: Oda-sensei! Drop your pen! Stop drawing manga! I have a question. My older brother and I work together to buy the SBS, but we accidentally bought two copies of Volume 5. What should we do? If you answer me, you may use your pen!
O: Well, then... How about, "go buy five more copies of Volume 5"? Then the fact that you bought two before won't really matter anymore, and you can laugh about it! Can I pick up the pen now?
D: If Luffy wants a musician so bad, why doesn't he come to my house? Is it because I don't live by the ocean? Is it because I'm actually an alien? Is it because my feet have been smelly lately?
O: It's because your feet smell. The SBS is over!! Until next Volume!!
D: I am "Timmy Ueda", from the SBS Hijacking Group! I will start the SBS Corner before Oda-sensei can!! "Uhhh, start the SBS!!"
O: Gah! Damn. He started it first! Damn you, Timmy, damn you! How am I going to start the SBS now? Oh, wait, it just started.
D: Hello, Oda-sensei. You know, in Volume 8, page 92, the sixth panel, you wrote "Search for Pandaman"? Well, I can't find him. Where is he? Please show me.
O: Aha. I got a whole bunch of postcards from people about this one. A bunch from people who found him, and a bunch from people who didn't find him. And I thought the words were so small that no one would notice to begin with! Well, I'll show you the answer. In the bottom circle is written the phrase, "Search for Pandaman!!!" And in the upper-right circle is the man' himself.
D: When the Arlong guys and the other Fish-Men give birth, do they lay eggs like fish?
O: BZZZT. Fish-Men are still mammals, so they give birth the way humans do. There are fishwomen too, of course.
D: I wanna know the height of all five. Nami's really cute.
O: The main five, you mean? I'll get this one out of the way. First of all, Gaimon's height is... kidding. I'll start from the shortest.
Nami's height is 169 cm
Luffy is 172 cm
Usopp is 174 cm
Sanji is 177 cm
Zoro is 178 cm. So they're all pretty much the same height.
D: Of all the Fish-Men, Hatchan is the cutest and funniest. But there's one thing that bugs me. Why is Hatchan's full name Hatchan, and his nickname Hachi?
O: A lot of Chinese people have names that go **** Chan. So it should be just fine.
D: What is the thing that Usopp and a lot of the pirates in One Piece have tied around their waists? A towel? Or did they want one of Zoro's stomach bands, but they couldn't get one for themselves, so they used those instead?
O: ← These things? They do all have them, don't they? There's no real deep reason for them, though. I guess pirates just liked to wear these "decorative sashes". But sometimes they put their pistols in them, so maybe they aren't totally pointless.
D: Here we go! WUUUUUUUUUUN(1)! TYYYYYYYUUUUUUU(2)!! THHHUUUUURRREEEEEE(3)?!!!
D: One more time! ♥ ONNNNNEE(1)! ♥ TWOOOOOO(2)! ♥ THREEEEE(3) ♥
O: DAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!! Oh...! They're playing with me.
(This chant, "ONE, TWO, THREE, DAAAAH", is the call of legendary wrestler Antonio Inoki).
D: Yo! 'Sup. One Piece is always a hurricane of emotion. This is the first time I ever wrote to a manga artist. Oda-sensei is my favorite character.
O: I ain't no character.
D: A little while ago, my friend asked me to draw Shanks, so I did. Then he hit me on the head all of a sudden, and said, "Why'd you draw Jango?!" Is this a disease?
O: Yes. It is a disease. "Drawing Jango Sickness", I believe. You're always going to draw Jango. Be careful, as the final sympton of this disease is when you draw Jango rather than signing your name for a home delivery.
D: On page 121 in Volume 8, that thing that rises above Zeff's head is a hat, right? My mother says, "It's too tall to be a hat. There must be a pole behind him or something." Sensei, please make this blockhead (age 44) agree with me.
O: Okay, mom, listen to me now. In this world, there are certain unyielding truths that you cannot avert your eyes from. The thing that is standing on Zeff's head is the "Tower of Faith", supported by the spirit of the heart. It's called the "Cook's Slice of Heaven Hat". That's right!!!
D: Sensei! I thought of a new move for Luffy-chan. It goes like this... Luffy stretches his mouth and eats the enemy, then he goes to the bathroom and poops it out! How's that? It's good, right? A good idea.
O: No, it's not.
D: I have a question for Oda-sensei. What do you call Bell-mère-san's haircut?
O: That hairstyle is called "Women have Guts". You should yell it out in a beauty parlor.
D: I'm glad Sanji is "girl-crazy", not "boy-crazy".
O: Uh, totally.
D: When Sanji thinks about a girl, the smoke from his cigarette turns into a heart shape. How does he do it? I want to try too!! Please (x100) tell me!
O: Uh, first of all, you have to be over 20 years old. Then light your cigarette and take a big drag. When you do that, the smoke will come in contact with the "Feeling of Love" you put in your lungs beforehand, and then when you blow the smoke out, it will most surely come out in the shape of a heart.
D: I can't really tell if Yosaku and Johnny are strong or not. It's definitely by a hair. To be totally straight, between those two and Helmeppo, who can stretch further?
O: I hope that Kaya will become a wonderful Doctor.
D: When I read your manga, Sensei, I get the feeling that I should do what I want. So I've gotten the urge to pursue my dream to build a gigantic bridge in America.
O: That's nice. A boy with a dream. I like that. Well, you know what? If anyone tries to stop you , I'll, like... put on a pair of leather boots... and kick their little toes or something. So don't worry. Try hard.
D: BAM! BAM! Click. Helloooo? Oda-sensei...? Oh damn, he's not home!!
O: That was terrible.
D: What does it mean when the cook Patty says, "Excuse me, your Hickness"?
O: You know the saying, "Please excuse me, sir"? Well, he seems to be using "Hickness" in the place of "Sir". For example, you would use it like this. "Oh my, you were in the hospital for a year? That must have been dreadful, your Hickness". "This man has accomplished many great deeds. A round of applause for his Hickness". And so on...
D: I have a question. Does Usopp have bones in his nose? Because I've seen it bent many times now...
O: Well, I've never seen that. How could his nose possibly bend? What a ridiculous thing to... WHOA!! IT DOES BEND!!! THE SBS IS OVER!!
More SBSes below!!