Originally posted by omae no kaasan v.2@Feb 18 2005, 05:32 PM
You know….no matter how many times that DB picture gets posted, it's always going to look like Luffy from behind and yet it still remains only a cute coincidence. As if Oda was truly inspired by nameless/faceless hick #7643 in DB. Take note of how many other useless BG characters wear that kind of gear in Tenkaichi Budoukai scenes and southern cities. As if straw-hats were THAT uncommon.
You know, all of this actually makes it more likely that Oda picked up Luffy's design from Dragon Ball.
If it always looks like Luffy from behind, then it's probably more than a cute coincidence, especially if that particular design is common in Dragon Ball (though I don't really recall any others being quite as good an example as this). In fact, if that design is common throughout Dragon Ball, then it's that much more probable that he picked up the design from Toriyama.
Really, why couldn't Oda be truly inspired by nameless/faceless hick #7643? What makes it so unlikely that he was reading the Cell Saga, saw this character design that he liked, and it stuck in his head, especially if, as you say, it's something that often pops up in Dragon Ball?
Oda has described Toriyama as a god and his favorite artist, has he not? So he was an avid reader of the series, which means that he probably was influenced by it. This is a more obvious example where I am concerned.