How One Piece Led To The Success Of Naruto


At a press event during New York Comic Con 2015, Masashi Kishimoto opened up about his relationship with Eiichiro Oda (via Anime News Network). Oda, who managed to get One Piece out two years before Naruto ever hit shelves, was therefore Kishimoto’s senior in everything but age. He then translated that jealousy into the urge to outdo his contemporaries.

“In the beginning I was very jealous and at the same time I didn’t just want to be like him, I wanted to surpass him,” said Kishimoto. “In a way, I feel like One Piece was the reason Naruto could be released and be successful. Maybe because we had that rivalry, we both supported and empowered each other over the years and led to both of our successes.”

Considering that both the anime and manga industries have badass reputations (via Anime News Network), it’s no surprise that the two’s escalating rivalry would see their popularity rise. But while both Kishimoto and Oda have found success, it seems Oda is winning their little rivalry in terms of sales. However, we shouldn’t make Kishimoto feel too guilty, because at least “Naruto” actually has an end.

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