Eiichiro Oda is a Japanese manga artist. He is best known for his manga One Piece. One Piece is the biggest selling manga in history. It has sold over 300 million copies world wide. The series’ popularity resulted in him being named one of the manga artists that changed the history of manga.
Eiichiro Oda was born in Japan in January 1, 1975. He wanted to become a manga artist to avoid getting a real job. He is a big fan of Akira Toriyama. Akira Toriya created Dragon Ball series. Oda is a big fan of Dragon Ball. He says its his inspiration. As a child he liked pirates a lot.
At the age of 17, Oda submitted his work Wanted! and won several awards. At the age of 19, he began working as an assistant to Nobuhiro Watsuki on Rurouni Kenshin. Oda drew two pirate-themed one-shot stories called “Romance Dawn“. It became the most successful manga in history named One Piece. In 1997, One Piece began serialization in Weekly Shōnen Jump. It tells the story of a young boy who wants to become King of the Pirates. He sets of on an amazing never ending journey with his Nakamas. It is the most selling manga of all time. Its closest rival is his idol Akira Toriyama‘s Dragon Ball.
In 2004, Eiichiro Oda was married to Chiaki Inaba. Chiaki played Nami in one of the Jump Fiestas. He is good friends with Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro, the author of Toriko. He considers Masashi Kishimoto to be his rival and friend.