Last year, several popular publications quoted Eiichiro Oda stating that he was prepared to offer ten more years of material. Anime Maru staff recently sat down with Oda-san to discuss the topic of his best-selling manga, One Piece, in order to dispel the rumors of the series’ approaching end date.
“Please allow me first to address the issue of ‘Eiichiro Oda.’ This is not actually my name, but is a moniker bestowed upon me by the previous Oda-san,” explains the accomplished mangaka. “You see, after every 600 chapters, an Eiichiro Oda must pass along the title to another writer, often one personally selected as I was. You will notice this in the second time-skip planned at chapter 1192. Rather than a name, it is a mantle that the writer of One Piece takes on.”
When pressed for more details about the end of the series, Oda responded, “As you can see, the fans love Luffy and his nakama, and the same can be said for us. Each Oda must be a rabid fan of the series. This way, when a new Oda-san is selected, they can begin implementing some of their own ideas. In this way, the story of the Strawhat Pirates is expected to continue for about three hundred more years.”
“We arrived at 300 years because the series does have a goal in mind, despite having the potential to go on forever,” Oda explained. “We would like to see One Piece become such a large franchise that we can open, and maintain, our own mega-bookstore filled with nothing but copies of One Piece. It was the Original Oda-san’s childhood dream to own a bookstore, so we hope to accomplish this posthumously in honour of his spirit.”
With roughly 322,000,000 volumes sold since it’s inception, One Piece shows no signs of slowing down. While there are only 77 volumes at time of writing, we at Anime Maru are excited for our great-great-great-great-great-great-grandchildren to visit this specialty bookstore themselves.