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One Piece Sails Into 2021 With 1000 Manga Chapters and a Whole Lot of Celebrating

A manga milestone is a good way to start 2021


One of the best things about fandom is watching how it comes together for its big moments. Even if you aren’t a part of a particular group of enthusiasts, it really is fun to watch how different spaces commemorate the good news, the hard hits, and just the all-around silliness that comes with loving a series.

I say all of this because I’m not into One Piece, but I’ve definitely enjoyed watching the fandom from time to time.

And, well, you HAVE to give a series kudos for reaching 1000 manga chapters.

As a long-time anime fan, I’m impressed at this milestone. As a writer/content creator I’m in awe of Eiichiro Oda working on this dang story for over 20 years! The fact that he got to 1000 chapters even with the dumpster fire that was 2020 is incredible.

To celebrate the monumental achievement, there’s a worldwide character poll going until the end of February.

Oh, and One Piece is in the New York Times today, too.

Today’s issue of The New York Times features a One Piece ad with Luffy (x-post /r/onepiece) from r/manga

But wait! There’s more celebrating to be had!

According to Lynzee Loveridge’s write-up over at Anime News Network, issues 3 – 4 and 5 – 6 of Weekly Shonen Jump will not only feature Luffy on the cover, but when the powers of the covers are combined it’ll make one grand image. Several other Shonen Jump manga artists, including Kohei Horikoshi (My Hero Academia), Gege Akutami (Jujutsu Kaisen), Boichi (Dr. Stone), and Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro (Toriko) will be drawing their favorite One Piece characters.

Congratulations, Oda, and to the One Piece fans who have set sail on this two-decades-long adventure! What a way for y’all to start 2021!

(Image: Viz Media)

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Briana (she/her - bisexual) is trying her best to cosplay as a responsible adult. Her writing tends to focus on the importance of representation, whether it’s through her multiple book series or the pieces she writes. After de-transforming from her magical girl state, she indulges in an ever-growing pile of manga, marathons too much anime, and dedicates an embarrassing amount of time to her Animal Crossing pumpkin patch (it's Halloween forever, deal with it Nook)