Eiichiro Oda’s iconic manga, One Piece, will pause its regular serialization in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump for four weeks starting June 19, according to an announcement on the manga’s official website. The hiatus will extend from the 29th to the 32nd issue of the magazine, due to Oda undergoing eye surgery to correct astigmatism. The much-beloved manga will resume publication with the 33rd issue on July 18.
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The temporary halt in production will not impact next week’s 28th issue, which is set to be published on June 12. Oda explained that the blurriness caused by astigmatism had started to affect the quality of his work. He made the decision to proceed with the surgery after consulting with his editor last year.
One Piece, which began its journey in Weekly Shonen Jump on July 19, 1997, has since become a staple of the magazine. The adventure-packed story revolves around the ambitious pirate Monkey D. Luffy and his quest to find the mythical “One Piece” treasure. The manga’s 105th compiled book volume was released on March 3, and the 106th volume is scheduled for publication on July 6.
The popularity of One Piece led to a successful television anime adaptation that debuted in October 1999 and continues to air to this day. The franchise’s most recent film, One Piece Film Red, released in August 2022, became the highest-earning film installment of the series, making it the 8th highest-earning film in Japanese history and the top-grossing film in Japan for 2022.
Further expanding the One Piece universe, Netflix is currently developing a live-action series adaptation of the manga, which is expected to premiere later this year. As fans around the globe eagerly anticipate the return of One Piece, they send their well wishes to Oda for a successful surgery and swift recovery.
Source – One Piece’s official website