One Piece is busier than ever these days, and no one knows that better than creator Eiichiro Oda. The artist has been on a break as of late, but the manga is back and better than ever. There's no doubt Oda is on a high following the reveal of Luffy's new form because Gear Fifth is nothing to laugh at. But as it turns out, everyone's favorite slapstick cartoon Tom & Jerry helped the creator come up with the new form!
The revelation came around from Eiichiro Oda when the artist did an interview with Gosho Aoyama, the creator of Detective Conan. It was there the pair talked about their long-running series, and Oda made sure to bring up his inspiration for Gear Fifth.
"For the concept, think of it as if I suddenly drew Tom and Jerry," Oda explained. "When I tried to draw it, it was actually difficult. The world of Tom and Jerry works because of the two of them. I suffered because of the difference in attitude when I looked at Luffy being the only one making pranks in battle and his opponent not. But I feel this time I was able to draw it."
If you have read up on One Piece, you will be able to see the similarities at a glance. The overall visuals from the anime could not be more different from Tom and Jerry, but they begin to blend when Luffy taps into Gear Fifth. After all, the form totally changes his facial features, and Luffy takes on a very slapstick sense of fighting. All of this is certainly reminiscent of how Tom and Jerry outwit one another, so Oda definitely did the classic cartoon justice.
Of course, fans are eager to see Gear Fifth makes its debut on screen. Luffy has only used the power on the page, but his battle with Kaido is far from over. It won't be too much longer before Gear Fifth debuts in the anime, and we bet the animation team is looking to Tom and Jerry for inspiration itself.
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