(This is in response to this post, for those who don’t know. I assume it’s most directly responding to the lines, “I appreciate it whenever he steps outside of that to create female characters with different faces and body types that are still taken seriously as characters, like Sandersonia, Marigold, Otohime, and Ms. Monday. Unfortunately it doesn’t happen anywhere near as often as it should.”)
There’s a difference between having “unattractive” characters and having characters whose appearances are different but still treated respectfully. Kokoro was mocked constantly for her appearance, with not only Sanji doing it, but even Luffy, Franky, and Zoro commenting on it as well
In terms of what I want from Oda on the women of One Piece, let me repeat something I said in previous ask:
For some reason Oda seems to feel much more restrained when designing females with diverse bodies and appearances than he does in designing men. We need more women you can’t be mistaken for Nami if you cover their hair. It’s not that Oda doesn’t have any diversely designed women. He does—they just pale in comparison to what Oda has done with his males.
Lets get more women who are 15 feet tall, let’s get more women who are buff as hell and look like Rob Lucci could punch them in the gut without them flinching (so far Ms. Monday is the only woman in the manga with visible muscles), let’s get women with nose rings and face tattoos, let’s get women with small breasts and reasonable waists, let’s get women who are missing limbs, missing teeth, and have broken noses and scars on their faces (Cindry the zombie is the only woman in OP with any facial scars, while over 25 men have them), let’s get a woman who is bald, let’s get a woman with horns growing out of her head, let’s get a woman with a beard, or I don’t even know what else.
Yeah, Oda seems to have a fairly narrow and impossible view of what makes an attractive woman. I appreciate it whenever he steps outside of that to create female characters with different faces and body types that are still taken seriously as characters, like Sandersonia, Marigold, Otohime, and Ms. Monday. Unfortunately it doesn’t happen anywhere near as often as it should.
I’m still annoyed that Ms. Monday is the only woman in the series with muscles or abs, and that Cindry—a zombie—is the only woman in the series with any visible scars. It makes me think that Oda views being attractive and strong/battle scared as mutually exclusive for women.
I guess I’m latching on to Rebecca because she’s a gladiator surrounded by other gladiators who are shredded with muscles and coated with scars, yet there she is with the exact same body type as every other woman in the series.
Oda gets crap for drawing all of his women the same
*creates Amazon Lily*
Amazon Lily is the exception tho. All the prominent ladies got that hourglass body that Nami, Robin, Boa, etc all have. Alvida gets this bod eventually. Kokoro once had this bod (and then her current appearance gets played for laughs). Usually if a character does not have an hourglass big boob big hips bod, it’s usually older/minor characters or played for gags (like in Alvida’s case initially). A lotta shounens fall into this unfortunately.
What you see in Amazon Lily rocks and the designs are awesome, but this is the only place where you see it featured. Apparently AL is the only place with variety LOL. There are some exceptions like Miss Monday, but yeah. The criticism is pretty reasonable tbh
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Happy Birthday, you magnificent mangaka! You’re our treasure too ❤
These are some of the things that One Piece has to offer.Since 1997 Eiichiro Oda has blessed us with his wits and talent.I thank you so much for existing and giving us this epic adventure.Happy Birthday to you! 1/1