this meeting between Emmanuel Macron and Eiichiro Oda divides fans of the manga

At the start of the 2020 Olympics, President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron traveled to Japan for the opening ceremony. He also took the opportunity to do a little publicity for young people and manga fans and met some of the greatest experts in Japanese drawing. A meeting at the end of which he received one of the gifts from the One Piece mangaka.

One Piece: a symbolic gift

On his Twitter account, we learned that the President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron met many Mangaka and Japanese artists on a diplomatic trip to the 2020 Olympics to attend the opening ceremony. Among them were Hidetaka Miyazaki (the creator of the Dark Souls games), Katsuhiro Ōtomo, author of Akira, but also Hiro Mashima (Fairy Tail) and finally Eiichirō Oda, creator of One Piece. The latter also made him one of the best gifts a fan could hope for.

Macron shares the mangaka masterpiece on his Twitter account. Quite a large drawing if we trust the photograph, personally signed and hand-signed by Eiichirō Oda, which depicts Luffy’s entire crew. The words “To the President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron and all One Piece fans in France. By Eiichirō Oda” appear in the lower right corner of the drawing.

Passionate about One Piece, I am sharing this author’s original drawing with you. Thank you あ り が と う ご ざ い ま @Eiichiro_Staff! pic.twitter.com/0n5sAaky7j

July 23, 2021

I’m excited to share a moment with these artists, authors of works like Akira, Fairy Tail, Dark Souls, Towards the Light and many others. They are myths in Japan, also in France! The success of #PassCulture confirms it: Culture brings us together. pic.twitter.com/Itnd9c4KFP

July 23, 2021

An operation to seduce young people

In another tweet, the President of the Republic publishes a nearly three-minute video. This is an exchange between him and the three authors named above, including Katsuhiro Ōtomo, who is best known in France for his cult manga Akira. Brief surrealistic exchange where the president is ironic about the failed predictions in the manga, especially about the current pandemic. Katsuhiro Ōtomo will even show him unique and previously unknown boards from his cult manga.

This is not the first time the president has promoted Japanese literary culture, especially through the Culture Pass introduced this year. He had also tried to get “young people” to react on Instagram by asking them to choose between One Piece and Attack on Titan. For your information, France is the second largest country in the world to consume manga. Manga is very popular with young readers and can be a promotional item for the president. An operation that looks a lot like the Youtubers McFly and Carlito or even the crazy bet that streamer started.

It’s unbelievable ud83e udd29 We’re a little jealous, but this really is a great gift from @ Eiichiro_Staff! A big thank you to him.

July 23, 2021

After that, I am a dual student who was not even mentioned in the Bachelor, who am I actually?

July 23, 2021

I will fucking choose you.

July 23, 2021

Did he write ENMANuel there? ud83d ude2d pic.twitter.com/A6Zw5iacax

July 23, 2021

The best gift at the end of the quinquennium!

July 23, 2021

But hey, he gets a present from Oda for “the French”, cool that he shares it.

July 23, 2021

Did you know already ? Chambord is in #OnePiece!
The palace seen every time in the holy land of Mary Geoise looks like @domainechamord! pic.twitter.com/m1SO8koII5

July 23, 2021

You couldn’t have used your post as president to put pressure on Mashima to give us a Ptn Doujinshi Fairy Tail X Rave X Eden’s Zero

July 23, 2021

To be jealous of your President of the Republic ud83d ude05 … Great!

July 23, 2021

It attracts the djeuns with animation.

Well done boomers!

July 23, 2021

Wait 2 more months and the President’s speeches will be sponsored by NordVPN or World of Tanks …

July 23, 2021

How “djeune” if not by reading manga? Well done grandpa!

July 23, 2021

Is he president or influencer? it would be a matter of dosage

July 23, 2021

Macfly and Carlito, a piece … to flirt with the young electorate, will he dance to K-pop? pic.twitter.com/JwoGQYLYHO

July 23, 2021

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