One Piece: The Phenomenon Manga Is Nearing Its End

After 25 years of existence and 490 million copies sold worldwide, the One Piece manga phenomenon is entering its final phase, its author, Japanese Eiichiro Oda, announced on Tuesday.

The manga, whose plot currently focuses on the feudal Japan-centric Wano saga, will be on hiatus for a month starting at the end of June and will resume on July 25.

New pages are usually published every Monday in Japan in Shueisha’s popular manga weekly Shonen Jump.

“I want to rearrange the structure (of One Piece, editor’s note) in order to complete the final chapter as quickly as possible. So… Pardon me but I’m going to take a short 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) has even been awarded a “Guinness World Record” in the category of “largest number of copies of the same comic book published by a single author”.

The Netflix streaming platform, which is preparing the upcoming release of a series adapted from the One Piece universe, released the first images of its adaptation on Monday, without revealing the release date.

Unlike One Piece, another cult manga, considered finished, will finally resume service. This is Berserk by Kentarō Miura, a 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.