Reader: Luffy's treasure is a straw hat. Oda sensei, do you have a straw hat that is dear to you? If not, tell us what your treasure is!
Oda: My treasure? Ah, but of course that would be all of you -- my readers!
Reader: Why is Luffy always so calm?
Oda: Probably because he's so stupid. Ha!
Reader: Is Zoro's name inspired by the pirate "Francois L'Ollonois?" (In Japanese, "L'Ollonois" is pronounced "Lolonoa" or "Roronoa.")
Oda: That's right. I took his name from Francois L'Ollonois, said to be the most barbaric of the so-called "Pirates of the Caribbean." In addition, Morgan and Alvida are both named after pirates who actually existed.
Reader: Eiichiro Oda sensei, is it true that you can really stretch your arms and legs? I read that in a magazine.
Oda: Hey! I think it also said that's a secret!
Reader: How old are Luffy, Zoro, Nami, and Shanks?
Oda: I got a lot of letters asking this question. A whole lot. In terms of numbers, it's probably the most asked question. Currently, Luffy is 17, Zoro is 19, and Nami is 18. Shanks is currently missing, but i'll tell you how old he was 10 years ago. When he was at Luffy's village he was 27 years old.
Reader: Why are all the bad guys so strange?
Oda: Strange? Hmm... Now that you mention it, maybe they are a little strange. But I think their strangeness makes them mysterious. Doesn't that make them more appealing?
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