Beloved Japanese manga ‘One Piece’ heads into remaining chapter

After 25 years and 490 million copies bought worldwide, the beloved Japanese manga “One Piece” is coming into its remaining chapter, in line with its creator Eiichiro Oda. The manga, which follows the adventures of the swashbuckling pirate Monkey D Luffy, has captivated tens of millions of followers worldwide as its characters hunt for One Piece, the treasure coveted by all pirates. In a tweet on Tuesday, Oda introduced he could be taking a month off from his standard publishing tempo of 1 installment per week, citing numerous calls for, together with his work on the final a part of the long-running collection.

“A break for me!” he wrote in a handwritten announcement posted on the collection’ official Twitter account. “I wish to rearrange the construction (of the manga) in order that I can wrap up the ultimate chapter as quickly as doable. Soooo… Forgive me, however I’ll take a brief breather to arrange for all of it!” “One Piece” first appeared in manga kind in Japan in 1997, with an animated TV collection model following two years later.

Since then, the franchise has develop into a world cultural phenomenon, and Oda holds the Guinness World Report for “most copies revealed for the identical comedian guide collection by a single writer”. Final yr, the 1,000th episode of the TV collection was launched, with particular screenings in the USA and France—the world’s greatest manga and anime market after Japan. A live-action adaptation by Netflix can be within the works, with followers speculating it may catapult the franchise to international family title standing, on par with “Star Wars” or “Harry Potter”.

In the meantime, the publishers of one other cult manga collection, “Berserk”, introduced Tuesday that the cartoon could be relaunched following the demise of its creator, Kentaro Miura, simply over a yr in the past. Miura’s pal Kouji Mori will proceed the writer’s work primarily based on discussions that they had in regards to the route of the collection, the publishing home Hakusensha introduced. “I’ll solely write the episodes that Miura talked to me about,” Mori stated within the assertion launched by Hakusensha. “I can’t flesh it out. I can’t write episodes that I don’t keep in mind clearly. I’ll solely write the strains and tales that Miura described to me.” — AFP



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