The Japanese website Asahi posted an interview with the voice actress Mayumi Tanaka, 66, to talk about the animated project of One Piece and your thoughts on this. Tanaka commented that it has not been easy to lend her voice for her character, Luffy, for so many years. At the age of 40, she injured her back while working and asked herself how long it would be before the series would come to an end and if she would be able to finish it. Years later, while talking with her son, they reached an agreement that if something ever happened to the actress, it would be Masako Nozawa, Japanese voice of Goku in Dragon Ball, who should certainly take his place.
When Tanaka was asked about the current status of the One Piece anime, she replied:
«The anime should come to an end in 7 or 8 years. I don’t know how this story will end, so I want to stay in good health until the final episode. If I were about to die, I would ask someone who knows the end of the story: “Tell me what happens at the end and let me die right now (laughs)” ».
« Some time ago I wondered a lot about what the treasure “One Piece” could be about, which will be revealed at the end, I thought it would be about “friends” or “ties”, something conceptual like that, however, Eichiro Oda himself ( manga author) told me: “It is not like that, the treasure is material and very interesting.” That is why I want to wait until the end to know what it will be ».
Eiichiro Oda began the publication of the manga in the magazine Weekly Shonen Jump from the publisher Shueisha on July 22, 1997, and reached 1,000 chapters published on January 4. The franchise has more than 490 million copies in circulation worldwide and the 100th compiled volume was released in Japan on September 3, 2021. The franchise has inspired multiple adaptations to other media, the main one being the anime that It has been in broadcast since October 1999 and whose production has been in charge of the studios Toei Animation since then.
Sinopsis de One Piece
Gol D. Roger was known as the “Pirate King”, the strongest and most infamous being to ever sail the Grand Line. The capture and execution of Roger by the World Government brought a change throughout the world. His last words before his death revealed the existence of the world’s greatest treasure, the One Piece. It was this revelation that sparked the Great Age of Pirates, men who dreamed of finding the One Piece, which promises an unlimited amount of riches and fame, and quite possibly the pinnacle of glory and the title of Pirate King.
Enter Monkey D. Luffy, a 17-year-old boy who defies your standard definition of a pirate. Rather than the popular personality of an evil, hardened, toothless pirate who loots villages for fun, Luffy’s reason for being a pirate is sheer wonder – the idea of an exciting adventure that leads him to intriguing people and ultimately, to the promised treasure. Following in the footsteps of their childhood hero, Luffy and his team journey through the Grand Line, experiencing mad adventures, unraveling dark mysteries, and battling strong foes, all to achieve the most coveted of all fortunes: the One Piece.
© Eiichiro Oda (Author) / SHUEISHA Shueisha