Historical, Literary, and Occult References Behind Fictional Places in One Piece

One Piece is the world's best selling manga series with the sales of more than 380 million collected tankobon volumes. Authored by Eichi...

Historical, Literary, and Occult References Behind Fictional Places in One Piece

One Piece is the world's best selling manga series with the sales of more than 380 million collected tankobon volumes. Authored by Eichiro Oda, the series captivated the hearts of millions of fans worldwide. The manga also spawned an animated series,video games and several feature films. The series is known for its unique art,memorable characters, eclectic and increasingly complex plot. The complexity of the plot ushered several fans to craft their own fan theories. More than it's eccentricities One Piece seem to convey several mindblowing occult and literary references that are scattered throughout the series. These references seem to have stunning parallels in our world today.

One Piece is set in an anachronistic fictional universe, it may seem farcical at first, but the patchworked time setting strangely matches the dynamic atmosphere of the series. The manga have a plethora of characters numbering more than a thousand and primarily follows the adventures of Straw Hat Pirates led by the main character Monkey D. Luffy. With 33 action packed story arcs the manga is still ongoing with no end in sight(some of his editors came up with rough estimates, they stated that roughly 65-70% of the manga is complete). In each arc the main characters travel to picaresque and dangerous places,face enemies or gain allies with unique Devil Fruit or Haki powers. This article will reveal the origins and real world influences of some fictional places in One Piece.

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Historical, Literary, and Occult References Behind Fictional Places in One Piece

The huge palace seen frequently thoughout the series in the holy land of Mariejois is similar to the French Castle named Château de Chambord.

Historical, Literary, and Occult References Behind Fictional Places in One Piece

Historical, Literary, and Occult References Behind Fictional Places in One Piece

Gray Terminal bears a strong resemblance with the infamous Smokey Mountain, a poverty stricken slum in Manila Philippines.

Historical, Literary, and Occult References Behind Fictional Places in One Piece

Water 7's appearance bears strong similarity with Venice, an Italian city. Both cities are water logged and gondolas also serve as a means of transportation. In the earlier parts of the Water 7 arc, some gondola riders sport masks that are Venetian inspired.

Historical, Literary, and Occult References Behind Fictional Places in One Piece

Dressrosa draws inspiration from the real-life country of Spain, particularly the autonomous communities of Andalusia and Catalonia, as evidenced by the architecture, clothes, flamenco dancers, typical cuisine, and Spanish terminology. The architecture present in Dressrosa is similar to the style of Park Güell, a garden complex in Barcelona designed by Antoni Gaudí.

Historical, Literary, and Occult References Behind Fictional Places in One Piece


Historical, Literary, and Occult References Behind Fictional Places in One Piece

Impel Down seems to be heavily based on how Hell is described in Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy. Both are level-based, "inescapable" prisons with unique forms of punishment per level, and the lower one traverses, the worse the punishments become.

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