Eiichiro Oda’s Crazy Work Schedule

One Piece creator, Eiichiro OdaOne Piece creator, Eiichiro Oda

Eiichiro Oda is the creator behind the manga series, One Piece, and he has the craziest work schedule I’ve ever heard of. Oda was 22 years old when One Piece first started in 1997. He’s been consistently writing, storyboarding, and illustrating a new chapter every week for the past 26 years. To do this he wakes up at 5am, works all day, and sleeps at 2am. And he does this 7 days a week, taking only a week off every year. Despite his intense work schedule One Piece has been consistent and the quality has actually improved over the years. The recent Land of Wano arc is probably the best arc of the series so far.

I’ve heard of intense work schedules before but Oda’s on a different level. It defies logic that Oda can essentially work 20h days, 7 days a week, rarely take time off in the year, release consistently for more than 20 years, and improve the quality of One Piece.

December 9, 2023

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