Eiichiro Oda, the creator of the popular manga and anime series One Piece, revealed an interesting fact about the fictional world of his work recently.
In the One Piece volumes, there is a section called “Shitsumon o Boshuu Suru” (SBS) which means “I Am Taking Questions.” Oda answers fan questions in this section, and recently a fan asked if manga exists in the world of One Piece.
Here is the fan’s question:
“Q: In chapter 1045, “Next Level”, Kaido says “emonogatari” (an illustrated story). Does that mean that manga don’t exist in the world of One Piece? Wait?! Has Kaido never read “OnePiece” before?”
Oda answered by revealing that picture books and illustrated stories exist in One Piece, with illustrated stories being the equivalent of manga in the series’ world. The story is told through text and dialogue within a frame, similar to manga. Some of the famous titles in the One Piece world include “Sora, Warrior of the Sea,” “Fire Dog,” ” Pokeemon,” “Monkey Ball,” and “Marco-san.”
“Pokeemon” is the obvious one here, with Oda confirming that a picture book similar to a Pokémon manga exists in the world of One Piece. “Monkey Ball” could be a reference to Dragon Ball, and “Marco-san” could be Chibi Maruko-chan, an anime series popular in Japan. Fans could speculate all day on what the other titles could be referring to.