Fans of the hit manga One Piece may have been shocked to hear about rumors of the series moving to monthly serialization.
One Piece, created by artist Eiichiro Oda, has been serialized in the popular Weekly Shounen Jump since it first began in 1997. Twenty years and more than 80 volumes later, the manga still proves to be popular among readers around the world. It is officially the best-selling manga series ever.
However, the manga is encountering a few problems in terms of release rate. Weekly Shounen Jump would announce every now and then that One Piece would be skipping certain weeks in a month. Hence, rumors have surfaced, saying that the popular manga would permanently move to monthly serialization.
It doesn’t help that Eiichiro Oda is currently busy with other projects. In fact, it has been announced that Oda will serve as the executive producer of the upcoming movie adaptation titled “One Piece Film Gold.” The film is set to release in Japan on July 23. The announcement poster can be seen below.
Luckily for fans, a Shueisha representative announced that the series will not move to monthly serialization. As reported by Yahoo Japan, there are currently no plans to change the release schedule of One Piece.
It should be noted, as observed by Anime News Network, that creators of Hunter X Hunter had also announced a hiatus. The date of the manga’s return is yet to be revealed.
The story of One Piece revolves around Monkey D. Luffy, a man with rubber-like body who joins a crew of pirates. Together, they search for the titular treasure that can make its owner the most powerful pirate ever.
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