The official Twitter account for the One Piece franchise announced on Friday that there will not be a new chapter of Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga in the 14th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine out on Monday due to Oda's "sudden illness." The Twitter account stated that Oda is now fully recovered, and the manga will resume in the 15th issue of the magazine, which will ship on March 9.
Due to children in Japan being stuck at home while schools are closed all over Japan to help limit the spread of the coronavirus, entertainment companies have been posting some of their older releases online for free to alleviate the boredom kids might have being stuck inside.
The latest franchise to open its doors for Japanese children is the behemoth One Piece, which is releasing over a decade worth of manga online, for free for a limited time. For more One Piece action, Fuji TV is also releasing daily recap specials of the One Piece TV anime, titled ‘Special Edition Episode Series.’
These recaps will air from 3:50 PM to 4:25 PM every day on Fuji TV from March 9 to April 1, though no episode will air on March 11 and 20. The episodes will be available on F.O.D. and TVer after the episode airs. Don't worry, though, because new episodes will still air on Sundays.
On the manga side, Shueisha, who already announced that they are releasing 2020 back issues of Weekly Shonen Jump for free on the Zebrack Comic website, is releasing 60 volumes of the One Piece manga series for free until April 5. The 60 volumes span over a decade worth of One Piece stories, from Romance Dawn to the middle of the Post-War arc.
The volumes are being released on March 9 on both the Zebrack Comic website and the Japanese Shonen Jump Plus application, with all 60 volumes going free at once. A Shonen Jump editor commented that they “hope Luffy’s adventures will be enjoyed by children who are having difficulties going outside.”
While the school closures are going on inside Japan to combat the spread of the coronavirus in Japan, the number of cases keeps rising, with 449 confirmed reports in Japan as of writing. The Japanese government is planning to enact a “State of Emergency” in the country once the legislation passes both houses of the National Diet as the powers don’t currently exist in Japan.
One Piece Manga Has 470 Million Copies in Print Worldwide
Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga has 470 million copies in print worldwide as of the release of the 96th compiled book volume on Friday. That total includes 390 million copies in print in Japan, and 80 million copies in print outside of Japan across 42 territories.
The 57th One Piece volume had a first printing of three million copies — a record for manga — in March 2010. Subsequent volumes have surpassed that record, culminating in the manga industry's first four-million first printing with the 64th volume in November 2011. Every volume since volume 57 has had a first printing of three million or more.
As of December 28, the series had 460 million copies in print, with 390 million copies in print in Japan and 70 million copies in print outside of Japan.
The manga set a world record in June 2015 for having 320,866,000 copies printed worldwide as of December 2014. The world record is for "The most copies published for the same comic book series by a single author."
The May issue of Shueisha's Saikyō Jump magazine published the final chapter of Yoshikazu Amami's Chin Piece manga spinoff on Thursday. The manga's second compiled book volume will ship this July.
The manga's story centers on Chinpy, a boy who aspires to take up after Luffy, the protagonist of Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga. Like Luffy, he is able to elongate "a certain part" of his body to fight.
Amami launched the manga in Saikyō Jump in June 2018. Shueisha shipped the manga's first compiled book volume last July.
The ninth issue of the One Piece Magazine "mook" series announced on Friday that the One Piece Novel "A" novels will get a manga adaptation starting in the 10th issue of the magazine, which will launch this summer.
Boichi (Dr. Stone, Sun-Ken Rock) is drawing the manga. Boichi previously drew a one-shot for One Piece last year that "covered" a chapter from the original manga. Ryō Ishiyama (Amalgam of Distortion) is drawing the storyboards.
This year's 25th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga will take a break from the 26th issue on June 1, and will return in the 27th issue on June 8.
While Oda regularly takes scheduled breaks for one issue once every 1-2 months, when that happens Shueisha does not announce the break as a "hiatus" the way the company did with the announcement on Monday. As such, the break from the 26th issue is likely unscheduled.
Oda stated through a message on Twitter on May 6 that because work on the manga is fully analog, the workplace is currently being reorganized to facilitate social distance. Oda said that there may be more interruptions in the manga's publication schedule because of this.
Shonen Jump Teases One Piece Manga is Headed Toward 'Upcoming Final Arc'
In an advertisement for the upcoming One Piece Magazine volume 10 on September 4, this year's 35th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine teased on Monday that Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga is "headed toward the upcoming final arc." The advertisement did not give any more specifics.
The advertisement made the reference as the 10th volume of the One Piece Magazine will focus on a theme of rereading the manga to "prepare for the climax."
The 10th volume of the magazine will also start Boichi's adaptation of the One Piece: Ace's Story novels.
Oda reported in a YouTube video posted in September 2019 that he "wants to end [the One Piece story] in five years."
One Piece Manga #97, Magazine #10, Color Walk 9 Delayed by 2 Weeks Due to COVID-19 Concerns
The publisher Shueisha and the editors of Weekly Shonen Jump magazine and the Jump Comic imprint announced on Friday that they are delaying three One Piece publications from September 4 to September 16 due to production issues. The three publications are One Piece manga volume 97, One Piece Oda Eiichiro Gashū Tiger Color Walk 9 (One Piece by Eiichiro Oda Tiger Color Walk 9 art book), and One Piece Magazine Vol. 10.
The staff explained that the One Piece production offices still perform many tasks by analog means instead of digitally, and thus they are being particularly careful about preventing infections among the staff members.
One Piece manga creator Eiichiro Oda said during an interview in an episode of the Arashi band's a la tubo variety program on Thursday that he plans to end the story in four or five years. Arashi member Masaki Aiba had asked Oda, "Have you decided about how many more years the plot has?"
Oda noted in response to a question from Arashi member Satoshi Ohno that he has decided on the ending. Oda added that "We have to talk about everything every time my editor changes," and the editor sitting near him during the interview confirmed that he also knows the ending.
Publisher Shueisha and the editors of Weekly Shonen Jump magazine and the Jump Comic imprint announced on August 14 that they are delaying three One Piece publications from September 4 to September 16 due to production issues related to COVID-19 concerns. The three publications are One Piece manga volume 97, One Piece Oda Eiichiro Gashū Tiger Color Walk 9 (One Piece by Eiichiro Oda Tiger Color Walk 9 art book), and One Piece Magazine Vol. 10.
One Piece is on hiatus due to the mangaka being sick:
The official Twitter account for the editorial department of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Friday that Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga will not appear in the 44th issue of Weekly Shonen Jump as planned. The magazine will ship on Monday.
The editorial department explained that the manga is taking a break due to Oda's "sudden illness" and poor physical health. The department stated that Oda is currently recovering, and that the manga will return in the magazine's 46th issue, which will ship on October 17.
The series also experienced delays in the spring due to COVID-19. Oda warned in May that more delays are possible, as his staff reorganizes the workplace to facilitate social distancing.