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I just reread the One Piece from chapter 500 on and I found some crazy reference to the rinnegan in Naruto: http://www.onemanga.com/One_Piece/526/13/
Look at the central-observation-snail. The snail obviously is connected to the countless monitoring snails in impel down just as Nagato is connected to his corpses in Naruto. And it has the Rinnegan.
What do you think? Is it just coincidence?
i predict that the central-observation-snail will fight luffy soon
It's very possible, but it being pure coincidence is just as possible. I mean, had it been the sharingan it would have been definite, but the rinnegan is quite a common pattern (I drew it on characters way back when I was a small kid because I thought it looked cool and I'm sure I wasn't the only one). Yet, I don't see a reason for it otherwise. It might just be a "focused, I see you"-kind of look but well.. I'll just leave it as a possibility. Nice find, still!
I agree with Organizized. Kishimoto didn't really trademark concentric eye patterns. It makes me think of radar look at the snail's eyes, and it seems like a fitting eye design for the central snail. Whether he was inspired by the Kishimoto's Rinnegan is too generic to tell. That is just like saying any characters ever drawn in manga with large pupil-less eyes are references to the Byakugan. At least with the Sharingan, which has a distinct pattern, a clear reference can be seen.
I definitely don't think Luffy looking skeletal was any sort of reference to Pain. It just shows how much Luffy's metabolism worked from Emporio's hormone treatment. The fat belly is a comical way of showing Luffy eating to heal himself.
Well, if that is not a reference to pain, then this definitely is one. I already posted this a while ago but since the topic came up....
Luffy's long lost cousin!
As we are in a topic to see the similitudes between Naruto and One Piece, I would like to add a new one. I do not think there is always a reference to Naruto but it is interesting to see that the both mangaka have shown things that can seem similar.
The fishman karate movement reminds me of the frog katas that do not have to touch to injure and that are using the natural energy and which looks like the " energy " drawn behind Jimbei.
Yes, it's so obvious there are links, geez:
- Kishimoto obviously made Kisame after reading the Arlong Arc.
- Oda came up with Haki after reading about the Nine Tails rage.
- The 3-tails demon was based off one of the Sea Kings Oda drew, see if you can find it.
- The train-attacking frog is homage to Jiraiya.
- Gaara and Crocodile were from an art trade they did with each other.
Don't even get me started on how much influence Oda had on Batman: The Dark Knight.