Oda has just revealed that next year there will be a showdown between Shanks and Blackbeard!

Jump Festa 2023 started at 5 PM JST on Sunday, December 18, 2022. Eiichiro Oda presented his message for what you can expect next year for One Piece!

Here is his full message:

HELLO TO EVERYONE WHO ATTENDED JUMP FESTA AND EVERYONE WATCHING THE SHOW AT HOME,
I AM EIICHIRO ODA, WORLD’S GREATEST DIVA, OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

THIS YEAR THE WANO ARC ENDED AND THE MAIN STORY STARTED TO RESUME,
THE MOVIE ONE PIECE: FILM RED BECAME A BIG SUCCESS, SO IT HAS BEEN A REALLY CRAZY YEAR OVERALL.

ALL THE STAFF ALWAYS SCREAM WITH HAPPINESS. UTA-CHAN WILL ALSO APPEAR IN THE RED AND WHITE SONG BATTLE!

WE HOPE YOU ENJOY HER TV TOUR AS IT WILL ONLY BE AVAILABLE FOR A LIMITED TIME. THE CARD GAME WAS ALSO A HUGE SUCCESS, THE OTHER DAY I ASKED MY STAFF IF WE CAN GET CARDS BUT THEY TOLD ME WE CAN’T GET THEM. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?

IT’S 25 YEARS SINCE THE SERIES STARTED, AND IT’S SUCH A LONG STORY, BUT I’M ALSO VERY HAPPY THAT Lately MORE AND MORE YOUNG READERS ARE PICK UP THIS WORK. I WAS VERY EXCITED WHEN THE SERIES FINAL ARC STARTED, AND I HAVE ENCOURAGED PEOPLE TO GET INTERESTED IN IT, BUT I HAVE NO INTENT TO CONCLUDE THE SERIES ANY TIME SO YOU CAN RELAX AND READ IT EASY.

NEXT YEAR THE VIDEO GAME WE HAVE BEEN WORKING ON FOR 6 YEARS, ONE PIECE ODYSSEY, WILL BE RELEASED!

WE ALSO PREPARE VARIOUS STAGE EVENTS! AND THE HOLLYWOOD LIVE-ACTION IS ALSO IN PRODUCTION! WE ARE CURRENTLY REVIEWING EARLY DRAFTS FOR SEASON 1.
THERE WAS A LOT OF WORK BEHIND THE SCENES, BUT I WAS THE MOST WORRIED DURING THE PROCESS… BUT IT’S REALLY GREAT!

AND NEXT YEAR, IN THE ORIGINAL MANGA SERIES, A CLASH BETWEEN

THIS PERSON AND THIS PERSON WILL TAKE PLACE!

THIS IS WHERE THE STORY IS HEADING! IF I HAD TO GIVE IT A NAME, IT WOULD BE LIKE A GREAT BATTLE ROYALE! I HOPE NOBODY DIES! PLEASE LOOK FORWARD TO NEXT YEAR FOR ONE PIECE!