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SBS (質問を募集する Shitsumon o Boshū Suru?, "I'm Taking Questions") is a question-and-answer column that began in volume 4 of the manga, in which Eiichiro Oda answers questions sent in by his fans, making jokes and sometimes telling useful information about the story and characters. It is here that the ages of the Straw Hat Pirates were first revealed, as well as various facts about the story that are not immediately apparent (but nevertheless present) in the chapters themselves. Sometimes the information on the characters is just suggested in this section by the fans, which Oda just agrees with and makes it official; for example, Tashigi's, Chopper's and Robin's birthdays which were all fan suggestions. The SBS was also where the author revealed the existence of the hidden characters Pandaman and Tomato Gang, who appear hidden in the background at many points during the series. Because of the nature of the SBS and the appeal of One Piece, Oda will get questions of all kinds of nature from the serious to silly and the 'mature'.

The SBS are displayed on a single page between the end of chapter and the cover of the next one. In case a chapter starts with a Double Spread, there is no SBS as the 2 pages are taken by the cover. This page can also be used to display a set of Usopp Gallery Pirates pictures instead of an SBS.

Before volume 50, the logo headers where common to all SBS chapters and drawn by Oda, but following the request of a fan at the end of Volume 49 SBS, the logo headers are now fans drawings and different for every chapters.

SBS Volumes
04  •  05  •  06  •  07  •  08  •  09  •  10  •  11
12  •  13  •  14  •  15  •  16  •  17  •  18  •  19
20  •  21  •  22  •  23  •  24  •  25  •  26  •  27
28  •  29  •  30  •  31  •  32  •  33  •  34  •  35
36  •  37  •  38  •  39  •  40  •  41  •  42  •  43
44  •  45  •  46  •  47  •  48  •  49  •  50  •  51
52  •  53  •  54  •  55  •  56  •  57  •  58  •  59
60  •  61  •  62  •  63  •  64  •  65  •  66  •  67
68  •  69  •  70  •  71  •  72  •  73  •  74  •  75

SBS questionsEdit

Birthdays, Ages and other TriviaEdit

Straw Hat PiratesEdit

  • Luffy's, Zoro's and Nami's ages: Vol 4; Chapter 27
  • Luffy not killing villains; Vol 4; Chapter 30
  • Zoro's name origin: Vol 4; Chapter 28
  • Nami's bust size; Vol 4; Chapter 31
  • Zoro talking with swords in mouth; Vol 5; Chapter 43
  • Luffy and Zoro's first/second name order; Vol 6; Chapter 47
  • Nami's 3 sizes; Vol 6; Chapter 49
  • Sanji's age; Vol 7; Chapter 55
  • Luffy's penis; Vol 8; Chapter 64
  • Nami's intelligence; Vol 8; Chapter 65

Red Hair PiratesEdit

Alvida PiratesEdit

  • Mirror on Alvida's ship; Vol 6; Chapter 47

Buggy PiratesEdit

  • Buggy's hat; Vol 4; Chapter 28
  • Mohji's hair; Vol 4; Chapter 29
  • Buggy mouth closed; Vol 6; Chapter 49
  • Buggy's Devil Fruit limits; Vol 7; Chapter 58

Black Cat PiratesEdit

  • Kuro's shirt symbols; Vol 4; Chapter 31
  • Jango's chin; Vol 6; Chapter 45
  • Kuro's speed; Vol 7; Chapter 57
  • Kuro's intelligence; Vol 8; Chapter 65
  • Buchi's cape; Vol 8; Chapter 65

Krieg PiratesEdit

  • The hour glasses on the flag; Vol 8; Chapter 64

BaratieEdit

MarinesEdit

  • Word on Morgan's chin; Vol 5; Chapter 43
  • Morgan and Kuro; Vol 6; Chapter 50
  • Hierarchy; Vol 8; Chapter 66

ShichibukaiEdit

Oda's ProfileEdit

  • Greatest treasure; Vol 4; Chapter 29
  • Character naming; Vol 4; Chapter 30
  • Animal appearances; Vol 4; Chapter 31
  • Personnel Profile; Vol 4; Chapter 33
  • Manga Artist decision; Vol 4; Chapter 33
  • Apprenticeship days; Vol 4; Chapter 33, Vol 6; Chapter 50
  • Hometown; Vol 6; Chapter 47
  • No. of assistants; Vol 7; Chapter 55
  • Character emotion depiction; Vol 7; Chapter 57

Hidden/Background CharactersEdit

Series InformationEdit

  • Logo misunderstanding; Vol 5; Chapter 43
  • Lack of Shading Tone; Vol 5; Chapter 43
  • Chapter nos. in production; Vol 6; Chapter 46
  • Price; Vol 7; Chapter 57

Misc infomation.Edit

  • How many Devil Fruits; Vol 4; Chapter 33
  • Gero Gero no Mi; Vol 6; Chapter 49
  • Female Pirates; Vol 6; Chapter 50
  • Samu Samu no Mi; Vol 7; Chapter 54
  • Luffy's pose from vol.3; Vol 8; Chapter 65
  • Pirates and rum; Vol 8; Chapter 70
  • Sanji's knife text; Vol 8; Chapter 72

Postal AddressesEdit

For SBS or Usopp Gallery Pirates.

Post 119-0163
Tokyo-to, Kanda P.O. Box 66
Shueisha JC ONE PIECE
[SBS!! Usopp Gallery Pirates]
〒119-0163
東京都神田郵便局私書箱第66号
集英社 JC ONE PIECE
『SBS!!ウソップギャラリー海賊団』

Note: fans should bear in mind that Oda has mentioned in interviews that it is best to send letters in Japanese if sending to the Tokyo address. And for Usopp Gallery Pirates you must include your name and address directly on the back of the artwork. Otherwise it will be dismissed entirely.

Note 2: For SBS header illustrations, send them to the Usopp Gallery Pirates address. The image should be drawn as 14cm x 5.5cm on the back of a postcard.

SBS vol 49 06

Viz:

Shonen Jump c/o Viz, LLC
P.O. Box 77010
San Francisco, CA 94107

Non conventional SBSEdit

SBS Vol 26 header

Volume 26 special header

On some volumes Oda did not use the traditional Question/Answer format but chose a topic:

  • Volume 11 was a special Going Merry SBS which depicts the ship's design.
  • Volume 16 where Oda made a correction about a typo.
  • Volume 26 International investigation Committee was a special about One Piece issues in the different countries it is published in.
  • Volume 46 was a special Thousand Sunny SBS which depicts the ship's design.
  • Volume 59 and Volume 60 had M.K.K. corners (Matomete Kakatte Koi; Come all at once) where Oda made quick decisions on characters' birthdays based on fan letters as long as he liked the reasoning behind the date.
  • Voice Actors SBS
    • Volume 61 had an HDK corner (Hai, Domo, Konnichiwa; Yes, Greetings, How are you)
    • Volume 61 had a 3D2Y corner, full of different sketches of what Oda was thinking of making the Straw Hats look like after 2 years.
    • Volume 64 had an HDO (Hai, Domo, Ohayogozaimas; Yes, Greetings, Good morning)

What does SBS stands for? By the Seiyus Edit

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