When discussing among the largest anime creators within the game, 9 instances out of ten, the names Akira Toriyama and/or Eiichiro Oda shall be introduced up, with the creators of Dragon Ball and One Piece respectively serving to to type the very medium of anime to today. In a current interview in Shonen Jump, the creator of Luffy and his Straw Hat Pirates was ready to focus on the world of Goku and the opposite Z-Fighters and the way he felt when it was introduced that the unique Dragon Ball sequence had closed the door on the Shonen universe.
For fairly a while, many believed that Dragon Ball would by no means return following the conclusion of the Majin Buu Saga and the “End of Z” Arc, and whereas there was a short respite through Dragon Ball GT, it might be a few years earlier than Dragon Ball Super hit the scene and continued the world from Akira Toriyama. In chatting with the creator of Case Closed, Gosho Aoyama, Oda had this to say in regards to the conclusion of Dragon Ball, which really befell a couple of years prior to the arrival of One Piece:
“One Piece started in 1997, so just two years after Dragon Ball ended its run. It was a shock for all of us. All the newcomers were like ‘I want that spot!’, starting a period where everyone was competing against each other to fill the void left by Dragon Ball. Then after two years, everyone realized that comparing themselves to Dragon Ball was like asking to be defeated and somehow I managed to survive all of that.”
Oda then introduced up the actual fact Shonen Jump was feeling the impact of shedding Akira Toriyama’s Shonen sequence, and the way it induced a way of frustration for his begin within the universe of the Grand Line:
“At the time, Jump had lost both Dragon Ball and Slam Dunk and was heading into a historical low. The cover of the Jump that contained the first chapter of One Piece was featured in a newspaper that had “Magazine will overshadow Jump” as one of its titles. Not that it’s my fault or anything, but I remember feeling really frustrated.”
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