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I saw this post 2-3 days ago. Here Oda sensei explained why he drew that!

But apart from that I think there may be a deeper reason why he did that.

I think Oda sensei hinted that the story of Dressrosa Arc is inspired by Alabasta Arc.

We know he does that a lot. But if that is true then he is insane. Writing a story inspired by his own story... is on a different level, I think. In the end we see that these two stories has different viewpoint, nature and ambition of Crocodile and Doflamingo are different and a lot of things are also different (although the two arcs share a lot of similarities).

Is it true that Oda wrote a story inspired by his own story?

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    This question is unfortunately off-topic, but with a little tweaking I think it could be on-topic. You might consider asking "Was the Dressrosa Arc inspired by the Alabasta Arc?" instead; if Oda himself hinted that might be true, then answers could use that material as evidence for a textual comparison between the two arcs. – Torisuda Jul 22 '17 at 13:48
  • @Torisuda I edited a little, is it ok now? – MAN-MADE Jul 22 '17 at 13:55
  • @MANMAID It looks better, but I would remove the line "What is your opinion on this?" entirely just in case. Nevertheless, I'll retract my close vote. – Torisuda Jul 22 '17 at 13:56
  • @Torisuda I guess I understood how things work here. I mainly active on Mathstack, but fond of anime (a little biased to one piece!). Thanks for the help! – MAN-MADE Jul 22 '17 at 14:00
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    No problem. It can be hard to know where the line is between opinion-based and not when it comes to a subjective topic like anime, so glad I could help. Welcome to the site! – Torisuda Jul 22 '17 at 14:01
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Well.. it is not stated anywhere by Oda himself (as far as i could search), but there is an ongoing rumor that the arcs in the New world are counterparts of their respective arcs in the beginning of the grand line.

So, we have Dressrosa as the first big arc since the straw hats entered the New World as a counterpart to Alabasta and Punk Hazard as the New World's counterpart of Drum.

Despite the similarities, there is still no confirmation by any official source that Dressrosa was based on Alabasta.

Annex: List of similarities between Alabasta and Dressrosa

  • thanksssss, a lot of similarities are their I overlooked... – MAN-MADE Aug 2 '17 at 17:52

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