By now I think it’s safe to say One Piece is something of a household name, especially for those interested or living in Japan as well as other parts of Asia. Not only has it become the best-selling manga and book in all of Japan, it’s spawned multiple movies, a new theme park, and even a cruise. But what do you know about the man behind all of this success?
We’ve got the scoop on a huge party One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda threw at his house last week, thanks to tweets sent out by a few of the VIPs on the guest list. Apparently even manga geniuses need to let loose every now and then!
Curious to see who was lucky enough to get an invitation? Check out these pictures!
Surprisingly little is known about Oda’s personal life outside of the studio. He met Chiaki Inaba, a model cosplaying Nami at the Shonen Jump Festival in 2002, and the two of them got married in 2004. Two years later, the couple welcomed their first and only daughter.
No doubt Oda spends most of his time juggling work and family, but it looks like the One Piece creator took a little time out of his busy schedule to host a very special party with some of Japan’s most notable talents in the manga/anime industry. More than 100 people gathered at Oda’s house to hang out over drinks and takoyaki.
▼ Did someone say takoyaki?! Yum!
First things first: you can’t have a One Piece party without inviting the captain of the Straw Hat Pirates herself. (Wait?! You mean Luffy’s a woman?)
▼ Mayumi Tanaka (Monkey D. Luffy), center
Also on the invite list were some the series’ most famous supporting voice talents and actors.
▼ Usagi and Mamoru reunited! Kotono Mitsuishi (Boa Hancock/One Piece, Usagi/Sailor Moon, Misato Katsuragi/Neon Genesis Evangelion) and Tōru Furuya (Daddy the Father and adult Sabo/One Piece, Tuxedo Mask/Sailor Moon, Yamcha/Dragon Ball) making V-signs.
▼ Toshio Furukawa (Portgas D. Ace/One Piece, Piccolo/Dragon Ball, Aturo Moroboshi/Urusei Yatsura), center, looks like he’s having a good time.
▼ And don’t forget Naoto Takenaka (Shiki the Golden Lion/One Piece, also starred in Shall We Dance? and Nodame Cantabile), right
Also, what’s a party without a guest appearance by one of the leading ladies of J-pop?
▼ Kyary Pamyu Pamyu trying on pro-wrestler Minoru Suzuki’s belt with her producer Yasutaka Nakata (Capsule)
With so many famous faces in one place, just how did Japanese netizens react? Here are just a few of the comments we pulled from 2ch.
“This is legendary! A day for the Gods.”
“What’s Kyary Pamyu Pamyu doing there?”
“I didn’t know a house that could fit 100 people even existed in Japan…”
“Only the number one manga artist in Japan could pull off something like this! What a dream come true!”
“This is insane!”
Oda is said to make over US$25 million a year off One Piece royalties, so it comes as no surprise the manga artist has enough connections and owns a house large enough house to host such an amazing get together. I only wish he’d thought to invite to the RocketNews24 staff as well!