New world record for One Piece, half a billionaire

Volume 103 is titled The Liberation Warrior and brings together chapters 1036 to 1044. Released on August 4 in Japan, it is expected for December 7 in France at Glénat. Before that, volume 102 will be released with great fanfare on September 14 and in preview during the One Piece night, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the work throughout France and Belgium.

Of the 500 million copies in circulation, 416 million are in Japan and the other 100 million are in circulation in 60 countries around the world, as the site explains. Natalie. This is the second Guinness record for the series. In June 2015, it was recognized to be the manga with ” most copies published of the same comic book series by a single author », with more than 320 million volumes.

This new record establishes the status of the flagship saga of the weekly pre-publication Weekly Shonen Jump as the best-selling manga of all time. He joins the comic book series Batmanin terms of the number of copies in circulation. A great victory as its author announced the beginning of the end.

The series is nearing its conclusion, as suggested by an advertisement released last year by the publishing house Shueisha, which appeared in several local daily newspapers. A photograph of the artist’s work plan in the process of creation and a simple sentence “The story enters its final phase. »

In addition, Oda had taken a month break from June 27 to July 25 to prepare for the final arc of One Piece. “I want to rearrange the structure so that I can complete the final chapter as quickly as possible. So… forgive me, but I’m going to take a little break to prepare everything!he said in a calligraphic message on Shonen Jump’s twitter account. The series is currently wrapping up the Land of Wano arc.

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To wait, fans of the series can turn to the 15th film dedicated to the saga,One Piece Red, which will be released on August 10 in French cinemas. Like the other movies, this one wouldn’t go into the manga story, but would take place after the arc, Whole Cake Island.

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