One Piece Creator and Legend Eiichiro Oda recently gave a tour of his awesome home and let everyone know when it is he plans to end the long-running series masterpiece. When it comes to a manga/anime ending usually there is some sort of mourning and then it’s on to the next one after a period of time. With this news, it would seem as how life itself might be ending. Since 1997, Eiichiro Oda has graced the world with his seafaring tale of Luffy and the Straw Hat Pirates we have all come to love.
During the interview, Oda mentioned that he would like to end the manga within the next 5 years. This was expressed due to a member of the interview team asking just how much longer the manga would go for. Even with this being said, he does desire it to end, but really no concrete date or time of its ending. Fan theories were talked about with several of the answers being drowned out with sound clips, but of course, the one thing about the ending of it was kept in.
In Highschool, Oda was the runner-up for the Tezuka Award for new creators. This was in 1992 from Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. The story became serialized on July 19th, 1997. As of last year, the manga had 360 million copies in print in Japan and 70 million copies in print in over 42 other countries and territories, for a total of more than 430 million copies in print worldwide. The manga won the 41st Japan Cartoonist Awards in 2012, and set a Guinness World Record in 2015 for “the most copies published for the same comic book series by a single author.” Oda said, “Thank you for the Guinness World Records recognition … I will never forget the gratitude I feel toward the pioneers and supporters of the manga world, as well as my readers, and would like to continue creating work that wouldn’t shame this record.”