The art assistants behind One Piece, the popular Shonen Jump action series by Eiichiro Oda, wish a major character would walk the plank for good.
According to a tweet by sandman (@sandman_AP), the art assistants who help illustrate the One Piece manga for Oda didn’t hold back against their frustration drawing Sir Crocodile. “Crocodile’s sand ability has been drawn by Oda’s assistants,” sandman said. “Interview of the assistants: It has been so painful to draw Crocodile’s ability because it requires too much time. We’ve been hoping Crocodile will die as soon as possible.” This translated text comes from the One Piece 10th Treasures, a special collectors book that was released in 2007 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of One Piece.
Sir Crocodile’s Battles Against the Straw Hats
Sir Crocodile, also known as the “Desert King,” was a major antagonist for the Straw Hat Pirates during the Arabasta Arc. He was the first adversary Monkey D. Luffy and his pirate crew faced when they crossed over the Grand Line and the first villain to give them a run for their Berry. Crocodile’s Devil Fruit, the Sand-Sand Fruit (Suna Suna no Mi), gave him the power to manipulate the sand surrounding the Arabasta Kingdom.
More significantly, Crocodile could also instantly turn his body into sand, preventing any serious physical damage to him. This caused a significant disadvantage for Luffy during his numerous fights with Crocodile. It wasn’t until Luffy realized that Crocodile was weak to liquid exposure, such as water or blood, that he defeated the Desert King.
Superpowers aside, Crocodile was the former head of Baroque Works, a criminal syndicate of highly-skilled killers. Their mission was to gain complete control of the Arabasta Kingdom through political manipulation and homicidal means. Nefertari Vivi, the princess of the Arabasta Kingdom, infiltrated Baroque Works to stop Crocodile from corrupting her kingdom.
Just like the One Piece art assistants, Vivi too openly wished for the death of Crocodile. After the events of the Arabasta Arc, Crocodile lost his position as one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea and was held in the underwater prison called Impel Down. However, after a surprising truce between him and Luffy, Crocodile escaped from Impel Down and hid in the New World.
One Piece is available on multiple streaming services, such as Crunchyroll and Netflix. Viz Media handles the English release of the manga. The One Piece manga is currently entering its final arc.