Eiichiro Oda is a dexterous manga artist from Japan. For the uninitiated, a manga is essentially a Japanese comic book which is painstakingly crafted by one or more professional manga creators/ artists/ authors better known as Mangakas.
Eiichiro Oda is known the world over as the creator of Japan’s record-breaking manga series ‘One Piece,’ which has been in serialization since 1997. As of 2017, the blockbusting series has sold over 430 million copies around the world, thereby effectively establishing Eiichiro as a game-changing artist in the history of manga. Now let’s have a close look on Eiichiro Oda’s net worth in 2018.
Born in the picturesque city of Kumamoto, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan, Eiichiro Oda dreamt of becoming a manga artist ever since he was a little child, probably because he thought of it as an escape from the monotony of the otherwise conventional jobs. Growing up, he was extremely fascinated with adventure stories, especially tales of conquering pirates at sea and was greatly inspired by renowned manga artist Akira Toriyama’s action-packed adventure series ‘Dragon Ball’ and the TV animation series ‘Vicky the Viking.’ He created his first manga character called Pandaman when he was a teenager and sent it to popular manga artist Yudetamago in the hope of making it to his celebrated wrestling manga series ‘Kinnikuman.’ The character was eventually selected and even featured in one of the chapters of the wrestling series, a feat that encouraged Eiichiro to follow his dreams.
Eiichiro crafted his manga work ‘Wanted!’ by the time he turned 17, thereby officially entering the exceptionally creative world of the mangas. He has been married to an actress named Chiaki Inaba, since 2004.
‘Wanted!’ procured the second position in the prestigious semi-annual Tezuka Awards coordinated by the Japanese publisher Shueisha. The recognition that followed brought him a job with the Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, a best-selling manga anthology published in Japan by Shueisha. While there, Eiichiro assisted several acclaimed artists, like Shinobu Kaitani, Masaya Tokuhiro and Nobuhiro Watsuki in the creation of renowned series, like ‘Suizan Police Gang,’ ‘Jungle King Tar-chan,’ ‘Mizu no Tomodachi Kappaman’ and ‘Rurouni Kenshin’ among others. The exposure helped Eiichiro hone his craft and also left a lasting impression on his artistic style.
During the years spent under the able instruction of world-renowned manga artists, Eiichiro Oda developed some of his creations on the side. One such creation was a one-shot pirate tale called ‘Romance Dawn’ which caught the attention of publishers and eventually came out in best-selling magazines, like Akamaru Jump and Weekly Shonen Jump in late 1996. The protagonist of ‘Romance Dawn,’ a young boy whose body is said to possess the qualities of rubber called Monkey D. Luffy eventually went on to become the hero of ‘One Piece.’
‘One Piece’ chronicles several of Monkey D. Luffy’s jaw-dropping adventures, which he experiences with the Straw Hat Pirates while in search for ‘One Piece,’ widely believed to be the world’s greatest and most sought-after treasure. Since 1997, the manga series has become extremely popular with readers of all ages around the world and has broken all records in the history of manga printing in Japan with its latest volume procuring 4.05 million copies in initial print, a record held by no other manga work.
Some of his other remarkable works include ‘God’s Present for the Future,’ ‘Monsters’ and ‘Taste of the Devil Fruit.’
Awards & Achievements
Eiichiro bagged the Hop Step Award for New Artists when he was 19. Following the popularity of ‘One Piece’ that changed his life, he stood 4th on a poll conducted by a marketing research company Oricon for the ‘Mangaka that Changed the History of Manga’ in 2010. In 2013, he was conferred with the 41st Japan Cartoonists Association Award Grand Prize for ‘One Piece.’
Net Worth of Eiichiro Oda
The estimated net worth of Eiichiro Oda is a whopping $55 million, thanks to his record-breaking manga series ‘One Piece’ that has also been adapted into various animated movies that actively involve Eiichiro in their production process. Further, he has also worked in collaboration with various other manga artists, like Akira Toriyama with whom he created a cross-over one-shot manga called ‘Cross Epoch’ in 2007, which incorporated famous characters from the celebrated works of both the artists. In 2013, he also designed a character for the action video game ‘Gaist Crusher.’
The kind of talent that Eiichiro Oda possesses is very rare and was, therefore, bound to bring him immense fame and recognition. Known for his magical creations that leave his readers to spell bound and desiring more, Eiichiro definitely has a bright future ahead of him.