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Oda’s AI-‘written’ One Piece chapter weirdly makes sense

A piece, one of the world’s most popular and enduring manga, may get a chapter written by AI. Last week, A piece Creator Eiichiro Oda asked ChatGPT to write the next chapter of the manga. The result was a semi-nonsensical story with alien stowaways and Robin Nico searching for a hidden tribe, according to a translation from Anime Hunch.

It started when the official A piece Twitter account shared a video recording of Oda asking ChatGPT “the forbidden question”, which asked AI for the next chapter of A piece, according to Anime Hunch’s translation of the tweet. The video, which you can watch below, then showed a feed from the AI ​​generating a story on the spot.

The AI ​​started writing a story it called “The King of Shadows” about a new enemy. In this proposed story, the king kidnaps Tony Chopper and his crew rescues him. After it ended, Oda asked the AI ​​to write a more “interesting” story.

In the second story, an alien stowaway boards the ship and enlists Luffy and the crew to help defeat an evil starship that attacked his planet. Along the way, the gang has to fight an evil witch, who wants to take a “piece of star” that the aliens have. This is a problem because the aliens need that star piece to restore their world. Together with the Straw Hats, the characters defeat the witch and proceed to rebuild the alien’s planet.

The story doesn’t quite match true A piece is now. With no spoilers, the Straw Hats are currently on an island called Egghead, which is actually a high-tech futuristic world. While there may be some thematic and meta parallels between the use of AI and the island’s technology, Luffy and friends are currently feuding, so it would be a big turn to suddenly have them back on their boat with a bunch of alien aliens. creatures.

Of course, there are limitations to ChatGPT’s AI. For starters, it uses generative AI to write a story, but it can’t create an image – which is obviously important in a visual medium like manga. However, the story it wrote makes some strange sense. Many bows feature the straw hats that help quasi-strangers on various islands. There’s a running gag that Luffy will literally die saving anyone kind enough to feed him lunch. Also the AI ​​chapter fits given the general chaos of A piece. The series is about a pirate with the power to stretch like rubber; it’s an inherently wacky series that doesn’t take itself too seriously. So maybe it could introduce a new alien species.

We’re not exactly sure how or if this AI exercise will affect the official story of A piece. As it is now, A piece is in the middle of his latest saga and Oda has a plan to finish the series. However, in the video he said he didn’t know what to do with next week’s chapter, so maybe he’s taking inspiration from this.

Overall, Oda’s experiment seems like a playful way to use the software to engage with his own work, and it can serve as a gimmick to generate interest and engage with fans. However, not everyone is so casual about using AI in their creative productions. Especially figures like the legendary directors Hayao Miyazaki and Guillermo del Toro have said AI art used in film would be “an affront to life itself”.