After twenty-five years of existence and 490 million copies sold worldwide, the manga phenomenon One Piece is entering its final phase, its author, Japanese Eiichiro Oda, announced on June 7. Every Monday in Japan, dhe new pages are published in the famous manga weekly, Shonen Jump, from Shueisha publisher. The manga – whose plot currently focuses on the feudal Japan-centric Wano saga – will be on hiatus for a month starting in late June and will resume on July 25.
“I want to rearrange the structure (from One Piece, editor’s note) so as to complete the final chapter as quickly as possible. So… Forgive me but I’m going to take a little break to prepare everything!”, explained Eiichiro Oda in a handwritten message posted on the manga team’s official Twitter account at Shonen Jump. “We had the info for a few weeks, but we were waiting for it to be made official on the Japanese side”confirmed to AFP Glénat, the publisher of the series in France, the world’s second largest manga market.
Since the publication of volume 1 in 1997 in Japan, the hunt for One Piece, a treasure coveted by all pirates and in the first place Monkey D. Luffy, hero of the series, now has more than 100 volumes to its credit. and 1000 chapters.
The adventures of the straw hat pirate never cease to fascinate the whole world: the manga has also established itself as one of the most popular animated series in the world.
Eiichiro Oda (47) was even awarded a “Guinness World Record” in the category of “largest number of copies of the same comic published by a single author”. The Netflix streaming platform, which is preparing the upcoming release of a series adapted from the universe of One Piecebroadcast the first images of its adaptation on June 6, without revealing the release date.
In contrast to One Piece, another cult manga, considered finished, will finally resume service. It is Berserk by Kentaro Miura, Japanese mangaka who died at the beginning of May, at the age of 54, from a rare disease. It is his best friend Koji Mori who will continue his work, supported by the Hakusensha publishing house, he said in a statement posted on Twitter on Tuesday.
“I will only write the episodes that Miura told me about. I will not deviate. I will not write episodes that I do not remember clearly. I will only write the lines and stories that Miura described to me “he wrote.