Oh man. I just read the SBS on page 168. Oda really says he would like to start approching the end one One Piece there. Sentances like that make me wonder if he will really keep up drawing this manga another 10 years.
Ah where are my manners… Thanks Null
About that…I think you should check this out, it's from a more recent SBS.
R: Oda Sensei, hello. This is the first time I'm writing a letter to you. I always enjoy reading. And I really mean it. In Vol. 53's SBS you said, "I'm gettin' to the point where I'd like to finish off OP.", so I was quick to pick up my brush. Please, don't say that kind of thing. Please don't say things like, "Sorry to make you spend your money." I know it's the SBS and all but I have no question.
O: NO QUESTION!!…that aside, I was shocked at the mountain of letters and postcards I received regarding that comment from 53! Uh, first off, I had in my mind 'The Ideal Serial Manga Length', that is to say, 'The Extent That All Readers Can Purchase All Volumes'. It's a desire of one who writes the story but say for example we now have the SH Pirate Crew with its 9 members. At the start it was just Luffy setting out to sea alone right!? That's something that readers who jumped in along the way just don't know. The adventures they've been through, the growing crew, I want them to know all about it but I can't just tell everyone to buy all 50 volumes. I know that little kids don't just have money! That's why in the past I've tried different things like the collection books [Logs] so they could know it all and now, the companies Caramel Mama and Hearty Ware have helped me realized that dream of 'as cheap as possible'. It's too cheap!! 'Cuz it's free!! NICE FIGHT!!
We've created, "One Piece Web".It's a 'perfect story guide'. It explains the entire story. For the kids who can't afford all the books, go on and read it for free! Access it! (You adults out there buy the books.) Anyway, because I worry about that stuff is why I just let that comment slip out, I'm sorry. I have not lost my motivation yet. There's ONE thing I've wanted to do from the very start. To bring various threads together and show you "The Manga Where The Final Chapter [meaning 'section of'] Is The Most Amazing". In the grand story of One Piece we are but in the middle. If you have the time, please, stick around. I'm still striving to make a story the likes of which no one has ever read before. Now visit that site!