When a blockbuster anime has over 1000 episodes under its belt, you can bet tons of merch and games will be created around it. The One Piece series has been published in the Japanese Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine since July 1997 and has been around as an anime since October 1999. Fans have always loved creating their own artwork based on the series and there is even an upcoming one. live-action series in the works, courtesy of Netflix. But now, there is another new One Piece release that fans will want to get their hands on.
A One Piece trading card game is slated to come out, but as with so many other projects originating in Japan, it’s likely to hit overseas fans before those in the US can get in. his hands a game. So when is the One Piece Trading Card Game release date?
When does the trading card game ‘One Piece’ come out?
Although an exact date has not been revealed, the card game trailer suggests that the trading cards will be released in Japan, in Japanese, in July 2022. The trailer also indicates that there will be a worldwide release in English later this year. , but there is currently no word on when exactly that will be. Unless they can get their hands on a Japanese version, fans in the US will have to be patient for now.
Source: Toei Animation
According to the game’s official website, there are four starter decks in the One Piece Trading Card Game: Straw Hat Crew, Worst Generation, The Seven Warlords of the Sea, and Animal Kingdom Pirates. Although it is not explicitly stated how they are different from each other, it is possible that each of the sets focuses on specific One Piece characters. But the cards are still in development as of this writing, and the final product has yet to be unveiled.
In a playful statement about the trading card game, One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda compared it to Yu-Gi-Oh. “I don’t know much about card games, but this is kind of like Yu-Gi-Oh, right,” Eiichiro said. “They come out of the cards, yes?!!” He went on to say that the game would feature artwork from the original series. Also, a disclaimer at the end of the statement assures fans that the characters don’t actually come off the cards, so we’re safe.
Is ‘One Piece’ going to end?
Although it seems that One Piece has been around since the beginning of time, it will end in the next few years. In 2019, Eiichiro said in a YouTube video that he wanted to end the series within five years. This would mean that he could end by 2024. And in a 2019 interview with the Japanese show Honma dekka!?, he said that he had the series ending in mind since he was in college, according to Anime News Network.
But that doesn’t mean Eiichiro will necessarily stick to that ending. He’s said before that he’s willing to change the ending if fans can predict it, so let him start sending in the guesses on him!
You can watch One Piece on Crunchyroll, Funimation, Netflix, and Cartoon Network.