Published on March 19th, 2023
In the world of manga and anime, fanservice has become a common ingredient to entice readers and viewers. While it can be a powerful tool, it can also lead to significant backlash if overused or included without thought. In fact, some series have faced controversy due to excessive or inappropriate fanservice. However, one series strikes a delicate balance, offering just the right amount of fanservice without going overboard.
In the SBS section of the latest physical volume of One Piece, Eiichiro Oda, the esteemed author, was asked why his series lacks the extreme fanservice found in other popular manga. Oda’s response was both wholesome and insightful, shedding light on his approach to this often-debated topic.
In the SBS section of Volume 105, the author was questioned:
This question is meant seriously. One Piece often features shots where women show their chests, but it hardly ever has any underskirt panty shot. Is there some reason or policy you have for why that is the case?One Piece Volume 105 SBS Question
Eiichiro Oda’s Answer
Oda, the creative mastermind behind One Piece, explained that he has been an avid manga reader since his childhood and has seen fanservice featured in countless series over the years. He noted that much of the fanservice in manga involves violating the female character’s consent by exposing her body without permission, which he believes is morally wrong.
To illustrate his point, Oda mentioned the “happiness punch” scene from One Piece’s Alabasta Arc. In this memorable moment, Nami voluntarily stripped in front of the Straw Hat crew. Oda argued that this consensual display should serve as the ideal standard for fanservice involving a heroine in a series, as it can still capture the audience’s attention while respecting the character’s autonomy.
Although One Piece does feature some risqué scenes, it stands apart from other series like Fire Force and High School of the Dead, where the primary draw is the fanservice of the female cast. Despite having strong stories, many fans are drawn to these series primarily for their explicit content, which is not true for One Piece.
Oda’s thoughtful response highlights his belief in the importance of fanservice when executed with care and consideration. Dressing boldly and showcasing one’s assets can be acceptable and entertaining, as long as it remains within tasteful limits. By maintaining this delicate balance, One Piece has managed to keep fans enthralled while avoiding the pitfalls of excessive fanservice.
One Piece manga has entered its final stages recently, and fans are very hyped. A “supposed” ending of One Piece was revealed alongside some major spoilers recently on Reddit by a user, which took the world by storm. Eiichiro Oda even revealed the backstory of Roronoa Zoro, and everything happening in the manga at the moment is also nerve-wracking and exciting.
What are your thoughts on this? Do you also agree with Oda that only such a healthy fanservice should be allowed in otaku culture? Let us know in the comments down below!