here are some early spoilers for the new databook
(thanks to AP)
Early sketches of Strawhat gang ideas reveal Brook as crew existed even in early stages of idea... and the First Mate looked like a cross between Usopp and Teach!
And here's a shocker.... SANJI'S ORIGINAL NAME WAS NARUTO.
Because Naruto, the manga series, started serializing before One Piece got to the Baratie arc, his name was changed to Sanji.
So far what can be seen from the pics:
Unexpected hobby of Zoro: Zoro likes to flip through picture guides of weapons, as well as collected book of bounty heads.
Sanji's name was Naruto!: Originally Sanji was named Naruto. But Naruto started serialization, so he changed his name to Sanji.
Various ideas of Nightmare Luffy: There were ideas such as "polite and serious" Luffy with a side-part hair style. Him taking in shadow of a swordsman to use swords was already decided as well.
Ace's tattoo: Sabo's initial was carved into Ace's tattoo! (duh)
Luffy was terrible at lying even back when he was a little kid! (duh)
Dadan was originally a man: Early design of Dadan, he was a male. He wore a kasa hat, shades, and smoked a pipe.
The pretty lady shown in the pic... is the current Dadan WHEN SHE WAS YOUNG.
Ace and Garp's conversation had hidden meaning: Without letting the readers know, they were actually talking about Roger! (duh)
Spooky face on Chopper's head!?: This was originally going to be used in Sky Island, Robin doing a Face Flower on back of Chopper's head. It was way too creepy to be used.
Chopper's early design was a zebra-raindeer that smokes cigar. Holy hell.
Chopper will never fall in love with a human. He can befriend them and respect them, but he won't find them attractive as a mate.
Early Franky: Franky's early designs were slim, tall man who spent much of his life in jail. He could forge weapons, but could not use them.
FRANKY'S SUPER UNDERWEAR HOLDS HIS CRAFTING "TOOLS" AT ALL TIMES.
Usopp and Garp's interaction: Although it was cut due to page limitation, there was a scene originally where Garp and Usopp have a conversation!
Usopp shows his concern about his dad in the Red Hair Pirates, and Garp asks Usopp to take care of his grandson.
Eye-patch pirate will show up later in the series
Early designs: cigar-smoking raindeer as doc, Naruto/Sanji as cook, a skeleton as a musician, a sniper as First Mate, a female navigator, and a swordsman warrior.
Most of these have carried through in the series, but the shipwright was a midget and Franky was a skinny weaponsmith.
KEEP THIS IN MIND PEOPLE!!!!!!!!
Oda probably didn't write all of this himself, but his seal of approval is on it. Which means unless it's a very minute detail, any broad statements are probably acceptable.
I'm just gonna mention stuff I find interesting because there WAY too much info in here.
Usopp's opening candid comments:
Ever notice how there are lots of ships with animal heads on 'em? Long ago, really far back, in a ceremony for a ship's maiden voyage [Note: there's a proper name/translation for the ceremony in English but I'm not looking it up right now] people prayed for the safety of the ship and sacrificed an animal for it. Putting that sacrificed animal's head on the ship was the origin of animal figureheads on ships.
In other words that means...there was a lamb and lion sacrificed for Merry and Sunny!!!
(Just lying about the Merry and Sunny thing)
"TEN OR MORE MEMBERS"
Small corner brings back Luffy's declaration about crew members. They suggest this means he'll get, "AT LEAST," one new member in the New World. Note that in the same blurb, they count the current number at NINE.
We've been reminded that the three boys in Syrup all have their own dreams.
The splash mangas SUCK. Thy really dropped the ball. They've been squished to fit two on a page so they're very small. Lame. HOWEVER, each one comes with brand new comments in addition to the title.
WOAH! Helmeppo's 'determination' that was only hinted at in the cover story: "Someday I'll be stronger than you Dad! I'll be the one to bring you in!!"
There are collection of each member's 'animal pairing cover' between mini-arcs. Is it just me or is that not sweet as hell?
Apparently we may now consider Galdino a member of Buggy's crew.
Never noticed this but I believe they intend to point out Jango sailed off in Luffy's old boat. Haven't confirmed.
Jango's eyes may have been a play on words for the Japanese word for 'love', 'ai'. NOT confirmed as intentional by Oda.
They bring up Davey Jones specifically, so looks like we will indeed be hearing more about him.
They suggest that Ener has yet more ambition and he's heading towards it with his army.
More WB crew names:
Spellings NOT confirmed in English
Andre- Frankenstein/andre the giant-lookin' guy.
Hermy(sp)- The old fat lady pirate
Ramba- Spartan-looking dude
Vizarre- iron-jaw guy
Epoida- Snuffkin-lookin' dude.
Karma- Octopus head
Baron Lightning McGuy (****-off awesome name)- guy with huge nose and chin and lightning stache.
A O- weird dude with round teeth and big mouth, looks ever so slightly like Wanze.
Derakuahi- I literally wrote that in romaji cause I have no idea what the gag is offhand. Looks like and Arab...uh...turnip? freaky circle eyes.
Eylewan- The walrus
Blondie- pigish-looking fat guy. Don't remember him actually.
Amadob- Guy with a crown.
Will add katakana later if you guys didn't know these yet.
Moriah is the official spelling.
Jinbe is the official spelling.
Dracule is now without question the official spelling.
No space in Doflamingo.
Racklo- Marine giant that looks similar to Akainu. Ronz- Marine giant with full helmet.
Norland's name comes from an 'island' 'not being there'. Or in other words, 'No land'.
Hiruruk's name comes from the German word for 'medical treatment'. Ivotas? Anyone? What's the correct spelling?
They suggest 3rd in command on Roger's ship was 'Bronze So-and-so' and even though they haven't shown up yet...
Robin and Nami take turns doing their own laundry every day .
The boys do it all together once a week.
Oda planned to redesign Merry from the start. He even has a sketch from the start of the series that's DAMN close to the final version.
ORIGINAL FULL CREW
Pic 1 & 2
In these first two pix they have no names, simply jobs. This was his idea for the crew TWO YEARS before the start of the series. Interesting notes. The sniper, who became Usopp, is listed as the First Mate. We can see Brook there with a kamikaze headband and no afro. The creepy dude on the left appears to be a botanist or perhaps gardener, not sure, it simply says he likes plants. Also note the words 'sniper' crossed out by his name. The aspects of this character would, as we're just finding out now, be entirely absorbed by the character Usopp who is starting to use plants. The little guy on the far left is actually the Shipwright, can you believe it? Now we know where Oda thought up the idea of those catfish in his Hacchan story!!!
Here we see a later picture of the crew together with heights and some names AS WELL AS NUMBERS. This is from just after the start of the series. Note Brook came before Franky. We can tell this is still before he solidified many of the designs. These three images are a goldmine for piecing together how Oda works.
The idea of dried out Luffy came from Oda's early idea of what Luffy would look like if he didn't eat for only 3 days.
Originally Chopper and Nami also had their shadows put into zombies in TB. In fact, the wedding dress was supposed to be worn by her zombie, not Nami. Sanji's original zombie was the armored General Zombie with the long neck and small horned head while Zoro's was the Wolverinish-looking zombie. Chopper's is hard to tell. Oars it appears at one point had Iva-style hair.
The Luffy you saw in the first image I posted in my first post was actually one form of Nightmare Luffy. Another form had him dressed looking like Freddy.
Nami was originally planned to be a battle-axe fighter. O_O
You saw the pic but originally Chopper was to be a striped reindeer.
LOL! Franky was originally planned to be a guy toughened by a long time in prison that could make AWESOME weapons but couldn't use them properly. Oh please give us that character someday!
Brook was originally planned to debut as a part of Buggy's crew. The idea for him came from his time working on Rurouni Kenshin. The origin was a single joke, "Sore ga kotsu!" Means, 'that's the trick!' OR 'that's the bone!'.
Usopp gets short-ended with 'cool down' chapters doesn't he??? He was suppsed to MEET AND TALK WITH GARP after Enies Lobby at W7!!!! They would have a scene where Usopp happened upon him and, worried about his dad, asked indirectly if the man known as Yasopp was still alive. Somehow Garp figures out who he is and after telling him that 'Chaser Yasopp' was still alive he leaves saying, "Take care of my grandkid."
HOLY ****! As recently as the start of the series ie. still in Chapter 1, Roger's mustache WAS in fact NOSE HAIR! The situations revolving around Roger became quite serious so it was changed to a real mustache. This lends some weight to the question of Ace's intended heritage.
Crocus was originally called Potpouri(sp)
There was going to be a 'Don Krieg 9000' where he modified himself into a mecha of sorts. The sketch, in spirit, somewhat resembles the current Franky.
Mr. 2 was originally Mr. Happy Birthday.
Maple Reed was a female sword fighter fish WOMAN that became Hacchan. Maybe she's who Hacchan spoke of at Gyojin Island!!!!!! We'll find out soon!
Mohda from Ace's story was drawn 'older' in Oda's notes. Will she appear again?
They say to watch the moon in the series because it was never full before Drum. That was intended so the final scene could be as it was.
Tom was originally a human and his policy was that he'd never build a warship. But as his design changed, so did his personality.
Original T-Bone was complete opposite. Super macho and only looked out for himself.
You guys know about the older Chimney and beautiful Cocoro.
OHHHHHMYGOD! There's a CP9 early design and VERSUS page!
The damage from his encounter with Tom was what was supposed to make Spandam look like a Panda.
Moriah was originally a priest with a split personality (thank you for not being unoriginal Oda). Then later he was a tactician with 4 kinds of traps. Eventually I imagine that became the 4 ghouls.
Doflamingo was originally a rapper.
An early masked Shichibukai became Moriah.
Original Kuma! Just like Oda said in the interview!!!!
Yeah that was indeed Jinbe. There are a bunch of different versions. Personally? We ended up with the weakest-looking one.
Margaret was intended to have the Neko Neko Fruit Model Black Cat.
Hancock was originally much older. I'll venture a guess Shackey absorbed her history?
Marines started out looking more like Mafia members than the Marines we know.
John Giant looked similar to the long-bearded giant from LG.
Sengoku looked VEEEEEEEERY similar to Woopslap(sp) at one point.
Kizaru was originally (like the actor's best known roles) very cheerful.
You know Dandan was gonna be a guy. Oda also drew a young SMOKIN' hot version of her. Same hair and all.
Magellan originally looked more like a traditional Satan, smaller framed and such. Basically same overall design though.
Inazuma was originally a crab Zoan.
Iva's design was basically set from the start.
Ace was originally Portgas D. Lang/Rangu?
A shitload of WB crew sketches follow.
First thing decided about Teach wasn't even his name, it was his laugh. That pic from a few days back was indeed BB. There was a version of BB with an eyepatch, but because of his 'reason' Oda dropped it.
There are rough sketches of the crew that combined with his handwritten notes are outta this world with speculation. Many MANY bits and pieces are similar to the final product.
Of interest, BB's original name was Everything D. Teach.
Yami Yami power was decided upon from long ago.
There was a babe, probably from Wano who was a swordswoman in BB's crew. The woman would become Devon.
Original BB crew ideas
Original BB crew ideas
Many are mixed up. From top of right page is BB with his original name.
Moving clockwise, a note says 'cat' perhaps the swordswoman.
Under that is the crossed out name 'King Joker'. Probably the guy in the middle that seems to have become Vasco.
'Lappe(sp) Jesus' seems to be pointing to the man on the left middle.
Next to the clown is the original Doc Q with name intact.
Under him is the name 'Von ***oht' with a cartoon sketch that appears close to his infamous Drum shadow.
Next to the clown is the name 'Vasuray(sp) Shott' with an arrow pointing to the freak on bottom left.
Franky-lookin' dude is 'Last Lion'. He and the female cat character seem to have been mixed making Avalo.
The female has some ideas crossed out including 'cat'. The one not scratched out is 'fox'. She is NOT the samurai girl.
Eye-patched dude on left is Gigant Geo 'The Hungover'. Obviously that idea carried over to Vasco and the shaggy-ass original Shott design was applied to San Juan.
Nothing written by the two men.
Here's the sword chick. Makes it hurt all the more with what we ended up with huh?
So here's early CP9 and shichis:
Kumadori was then Apollo and Jabra was Shakim(Shakeen?)