Thursday, November 29, 2018

Interview with editor of ONE PIECE, Mr. Kohei Onishi

I had a rare opportunity to interview Mr. Kohei Onishi 大西 恒平, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Shueisha Weekly Shonen Jump during the preview of the "Hello, ONE PIECE" exhibition. He is the 5th editor in charge of ONE PIECE since 2007 and has also worked as an editor before for various popular Shonen Jump titles like Gintama, Naruto, Death Note and Hikaru no Go.
(Photo from right: Mr. Onishi, my assistant, me)

The interview was originally conducted in Japanese with a translator.

Q1: Besides Malaysia and Singapore, will you be having the exhibition at other countries after this?
The exhibition will also be held in 6 cities in China, including Chengdu and Shenzhen.

Q2: What is the key to running a long series like One Piece?
Initially Oda-sensei was only planning to run the series for 10 years, but now it is already running for over 20 years. Shōnen Jump has a 20-page deadline every week so it is extremely tedious for the artist to keep up, especially for 20 years! Therefore to achieve such a long running series, Oda-sensei must work throughout the nights and that is only possible by having a strong passion of what he wants to draw.

(We are amazed! 😮💦)

Q3: Do the editors affect the storyline too? To what extent is the influence?
The major outline and the small details in the weekly stories are all written by Oda-sensei. The editor is more like an advisor, such as when Oda-sensei wants to introduce a new character, I will advise if that is a good time or not. There is a meeting with Oda-sensei every week to discuss about the story or new character and the longest conversation we ever had was 12 hours long! But usually it’s just 4 hours.

Q4: Do you also include discussion about the anime as well?
Yes, we will also discuss about the animation and movie contents. When Oda-sensei has opinions, he will let me know and I will relay them to the production companies.

Q5: For foreigners outside of Japan, what would it take to be able to get published in JUMP? Or become an assistant to your artists like Oda-sensei? 😬
JUMP has an award for the work submitted to the publisher and there is an increasing number of entries from foreigners. In fact, there is a Korean artist serialising with us now. As for becoming an assistant, of course he/she must come to Japan and reside in Japan first, as well as able to speak Japanese because he/she would have to work closely with the artist. Needless to say, the applicant must be very good at drawing pictures.

Q6: How do they apply as assistants, do they submit their work to the publisher first?
Yes, they have to apply to the publisher and Oda-sensei will check if the work is good enough. Then Oda-sensei will provide a sample and ask the applicant to draw this kind of picture as a test.

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And that is all for the interview!

I hope my readers learnt more about the making of a successful manga series such as ONE PIECE and the important role of comic editors. Be sure to check out the exhibition and my previous blog entry about it!

"Hello, ONE PIECE"exhibition
The Maritime Experiential Museum (RWS)
Now till 1 Jan 2019
Ticket price: $15 (includes entry to museum)
To purchase online: https://www.rwsentosa.com/en/shows-and-events/hello-one-piece-exhibition

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Hello, ONE PIECE exhibition at RWS till 1Jan 2019

I had the privilege to attend a preview of "Eiichiro Oda presents Hello, ONE PIECE Luffy is here!" exhibition at The Maritime Experiential Museum in Resorts World Sentosa. The exhibition runs from now till 1 Jan 2019 and costs $15, which also includes entry into the museum.

The exhibition is divided into 4 parts:

1. Hello, ONE PIECE!
The exhibition starts off with a greeting and overview of ONE PIECE to visitors. You can also spot an animated projection of Luffy, where the I is located (above my head), from time to time.

There is also a photo-taking spot to fulfil your temporary dream of becoming the King of Pirates!!! (Yes you are supposed to raise both hands like Luffy!😂)

2. Hello, Luffy!
Part 2 showcases the five keywords that defines Luffy through the manga pages.

Some original manuscripts can be seen too.

3. Hello, Colourful World!
Next is the coloured illustration section with high resolution reproductions of the originals, as well as a video showing how he coloured his artwork.

It also features a replica of his drawing desk. On the desk are his art materials, sketches, decorations, references, as well as his secret manuals that he uses to document all of his ONE PIECE characters and skills. It is like a guidebook for himself as the ONE PIECE world is very big.

4. Hello, Playful World!
This is a VR experience zone where you can get into the mind of Oda-sensei drawing using the SketchUp software. It costs an additional $8 and lasts for 3-5min.

And yes, fans can spot the hidden pandas at each booth too!

As fans of ONE PIECE, my assistant and I really enjoyed the exhibition and left the place in awe. We were not only impressed by the artwork, but also Oda-sensei's passion to create such a big universe and long-running series with new characters all the time.

Next, I will be featuring an exclusive interview with Mr. Kohei Onishi, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Shueisha Weekly Shonen Jump. He is the 5th editor in charge of ONE PIECE since 2007. If you are interested to know more about the making of this famous manga series, please come back to my blog again tomorrow! 😁

Monday, November 12, 2018

Monday, November 5, 2018

Comics: The Challenge

I recently ate a couple of hotpot lunch with my yoga inc friends and wow I'm amazed how much food we could stuff. I think doing yoga helps stretch the stomach too...

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Monday, October 29, 2018

Comics: The Great Scare

I think this is the scariest thing for the modern man.

Idea: Ali from my Patreon

Monday, October 22, 2018

Comics: Facing Work

When I suddenly have a lot of work in hand, this will happen... how about you? 😅

Monday, October 15, 2018

Comics: How Are You?

One thing that surprised me when I first went to US was everybody liked to ask "How are you?". Even when you are not fine, you have to say you're fine, because otherwise there would be an awkward silence and you would have to explain why you were not fine...

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Takashimaya Japan Food Matsuri in Singapore

Ok I'm back blogging again! Woho~ (Because I finished some projects and editing my new book) This time I visited the Japan Food Matsuri (matsuri means festival) at Takashimaya basement 2 hall to check out what they brought in from Japan 👊 The fair runs from 28 Sep to 14 Oct.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Comics: How to irritate your yoga teacher

Since my surgeon gave me the green light to continue my yoga classes, I have returned back to my usual classes, but I only attend them twice a week. Not sure if I will increase in the future but I think I'll take it slowly for now.

Guest appearance: Classmate and patreon Colin!

Monday, September 17, 2018

Monday, September 10, 2018

Comics: Changing Times

I feel a bit jelly :P
In the beginning I was positioning myself as a mix of artist and influencer but when the books came along I retreated back to just an artist... I wonder if it is too late to go back now that I'm approaching 40 😅

Monday, September 3, 2018

Comics: Chasing

Recently many people around me are chasing after this drama series called Yanxi Gonglue or called "Story of Yanxi Palace". It's been some time since there's any decent historic drama to chase with a good story, acting and cinematography. But chasing after 70 episodes does feel like doing a marathon...

How about you, are you watching this series too?

Monday, August 20, 2018

Comics: Snowball Effect on social media

I used to post a lot of my problems on my personal account and people would start commenting on what I should do even though they may not have done it before. Many times I become even more frustrated than when I started off. Then along the way there are flame wars and friends unfriended or blocked... somehow people are merciless to people whom they never met before.

Hence now I keep most of the things to myself or just message my friends privately to rant. How about you? Do you have such problem?

Monday, August 13, 2018

Comics: The mysterious Shinjuku Station

It is a place where Google maps fail and all hope is lost to find the specific exits...

It took me a year while I was studying in Japan and staying at Shinjuku to figure out the exits and underground passages. Unfortunately I never got to meet any friends (both Japanese and foreigners) successfully whenever we wanted to meet at exit XXX. The signs were confusing and not easy to find the other one if you were at the wrong side.


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