MMF: Wanted: WANTED!

December 3, 2010

You’d think a manga-ka as successful as Eiichiro Oda would have more of a back catalog of works that predate his mega-hit, One Piece, but, as near as I can determine, his only other book is a collection of short stories called WANTED!, originally published by Shueisha. I’m a big fan of collections of shorter works by manga-ka who are best known for their longer-form work, so I feel fairly comfortable asking someone (Viz) to publish this retroactively introductory tome.

The stories included and their years of publication are as follows:

  • Wanted! (1992)
  • God’s Present for the Future (1993)
  • Ikki Yakou (1993)
  • Monsters (1994)
  • Romance Dawn (Version 2, 1996)
  • “Romance Dawn” is the story that served as the template for One Piece, where young Luffy is inspired by local pirates to begin his own career of seafaring adventure.

    The title story, which Oda created at the cadaverous age of 17, apparently won some awards and came in second for an Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize, which is not even a little bit shabby.

    WANTED! has been published in German by Carlsen Verlag.

    One Piece MMF: Day Five Links

    December 3, 2010

    ABCBTom reaches the roiling surf of Water 7, but cheers up with an appreciation of Nico Robin.

    David (4thletter!) Brothers launches a look at the sprawling Baroque Works saga.

    Kate (The Manga Critic) Dacey gives us “3 Reasons to Read One Piece.”

    Lori (Manga Xanadu) Henderson considers the anime adaptation at her blog and rounds up chatter at Manga Village.

    Alexander (Manga Widget) Hoffman asks, “Why Start Now?” then answers.

    Sam (A Life in Panels) Kusek thinks Nami looks great in orange.

    Ed (Manga Worth Reading, Manga Out Loud) Sizemore explores the appeal of the series in comparison to another much-loved comic creation.

    And I’m up to my usual shenanigans.