With nearly 1000 chapters and counting, hit Japanese manga “One Piece” is seemingly set to end Luffy and the Mugiwara (Straw Hat) Pirates’ journey, as they are now set to enter the “final arc.”
This year’s 35th issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine teased in an advertisement for One Piece Magazine volume 10 that the manga is “headed toward the upcoming final arc,” as per Anime News Network on Aug. 2.
The said One Piece Magazine volume, which will come out on Sept. 4, is also asking fans to reread the manga to “prepare for the climax.”
Author Eiichiro Oda’s bestselling manga, which was first published in 1997, gave birth to the all-time favorite anime of the same name that is now also among the longest-running series ever.
Oda previously revealed in a YouTube video last September 2019 that he plans to end “One Piece” in five years, and this teaser might just signal that he has finalized his decision.
With the 21-year-old anime, which started way back in 1999, fans saw how the evolution of animation came about; starting with quite the grainy quality and not-so-flashy fight scenes, the series now boasts some of the most fluid and epic battles of all time — at par even with the most recent releases.
While some may find both the manga and anime’s length intimidating, now may actually be the right time to start binging either of the two (or both, because why not?) as people are stuck in quarantine.
No further details were revealed from the report, but fans can only expect that as the manga nears its end, Monkey D. Luffy will finally acquire One Piece (whatever it turns out to be) and become the Pirate King. JB