“I took that for granted”: Eiichiro Oda Begged Masashi Kishimoto Not to Call Him a Certain Name Now the Whole World Knows Him by

Eiichiro Oda's legendary nickname was given to him by Masashi Kishimoto.

Eiichiro Oda and Masashi Kishimoto


  • Eiichiro Oda, the iconic manga artist, is one of the world's most famous creators.
  • He is so respected for his work that other well-known manga artists refer to him as Oda-sensei.
  • However, referring to the One Piece author as Oda-sensei is not just a sign of respect, but it is also a nickname given to him by his friend and competition at the time, Masashi Kishimoto.
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The legendary Eiichiro Oda is one of the biggest manga creators in the world. His work has earned him so much respect that even other prominent manga artists call him Oda-sensei. It is their way of showing their respect to the creator, who helped in the drastic growth of the manga industry with his magnum opus, One Piece.

Strawhats in One Piece
One Piece | Toei Animation

However, the One Piece creator being called Oda-sensei is not only a way of respecting him, but it is also a nickname given to the creator by his friend and his competition at the time, Masashi Kishimoto, the creator of Naruto. Both Naruto and One Piece started almost in the same time span and fought for the top spot.

This nickname became a trend in the manga industry, but Oda never liked it. In an interview, he even revealed that he begged Kishimoto not to call him Oda-sensei, as both of them are of the same age and working at the same level.


Kishimoto Reveals the Reason Behind the Oda-Sensei Nickname

In 2015, Eiichiro Oda and Kishimoto sat down for an interview, which was later shared by Besty17 on the One Piece fandom. During the interview, Kishimoto was asked about his first impression of the One Piece creator when they met for the first time. The Naruto creator revealed that they met for the first time during the Jump New Year event.

Kishimoto stated:

Maybe. (laugh) At the time, my impression on him was like he’s a great and famous sensei.

He further added:


Nah… Because Oda-san started the serial run of his manga two years earlier than me. I really thought a super sugoi man had appeared. Later, I addressed him as Oda-sensei, but he said (like begging) that I must not use such a honorific.

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The Straw Hat Pirates in One Piece | Toei Animation

According to the Naruto mangaka, Oda’s One Piece came out before Naruto, and he felt that Oda was a legendary manga creator, just like a famous sensei, and thus he started calling him Oda sensei. He even pointed out that Oda did not like this at all and asked him not to use such a big designation for him.

Eiichiro Oda Took His Nickname for Granted

Replying to Masashi Kishimoto’s comment about Oda’s designation, the One Piece creator explained that he took the nickname that Kishimoto gave him for granted as both of them were of the same age, and while they were competitors in the beginning when Oda first met Kishimoto, he was charmed by his kindness and came to the conclusion that results didn’t matter.

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Naruto Shippuden | Studio Pierrot

Oda explained:


I took that for granted because we’re at the same age. Why would I listen to your sensei when you’re talking to me…

Talking about Kishimoto’s artistic style Oda stated:

I was always aware of Kishimoto’s presence when he was a newbie. He can draw very well. To some extent, I felt we may have the same style.

Praising Kishimoto and his magnum opus, Oda pointed out that even though Kishimoto was a newbie at the time, Oda knew about him as the manga creator was famous for his drawings.

He even stated that both Kishimoto and Oda have a similar style in terms of drawing manga characters and stories.


You can watch One Piece on Crunchyroll and Naruto on Hulu.


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