‘One Piece’ Manga Creator Asks ChatGPT To Write New Storyline
TOKYO: AI project ChatGPT has passed the exam, written news articles and developed code. So it’s no surprise that “One Piece” writer Eiichiro Oda turned to it for inspiration.
The man behind the record-breaking manga, often cited as one of the most popular in the world, found himself struggling with writer’s block last month.
“Hi. This is the teacher. I can’t come up with a One Piece story next week. Can you think of a story? Super good, please,” he prompted the show, according to a video released by his staff. Twitter account.
Within seconds, ChatGPT created a story in which the heroes meet new friends and fight new enemies, including the “Shadow King”.
The project tried to sell the story to Eiichiro Oda, telling the creator that the proposed plot offered a mysterious tribe, new companions, and a renewed focus on an existing character to reveal his intelligence and behaviors his readers would enjoy.
But Eiichiro Oda’s immediate review was careless: “Sorry. It’s boring,” he typed, demanding a better idea.
The second time around the show was rewarded with an alien “One Piece” characters and the “Pirate King” teaming up with Luffy to fight a witch and rebuild his home star destroyed by an evil spaceship.
“Thanks. I’ll draw just like that,” wrote Eiichiro Oda in response, teasing that his next installation at Saga would be based on the new storyline.
“One Piece” follows Luffy and his crew in the Straw Hats as they hunt for the titular treasure coveted by all pirates.
The last installment debuted on July 25 in the Japanese weekly manga magazine Shōnen Jump.
Since the release of the first installment in 1997, the series has racked up over 100 volumes and broken sales records.
Eiichiro Oda holds the Guinness World Record for the most copies published by a single author of a single comic book series.
The 100th volume of the series appeared in France last year with 250,000 copies, with several competing works winning the prestigious Prix Goncourt literary prize.
The “One Piece” universe includes cultural and geographical references that give it a global dimension, including ancient Egypt, Venice and medieval Japan.
Engaging characters and modern themes of industrialization, racism, slavery and geopolitical intrigue add to the series’ appeal.
Producers hope the upcoming release of the Netflix series, adapted from the “One Piece” universe, will help it conquer new territory and bring the story to the global streaming platform’s more than 200 million subscribers.
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