Hey, One Piece fans! We’re finally at 1000 chapters! It’s like the adventures of the Straw Hat Pirates will never end!
Shueisha, the publisher for One Piece celebrated this milestone by launching its first worldwide character poll. The website for the poll opened on Sunday and you guys can vote for your favorite character once per day until February 28. And then the world will know that Zoro is the best boy without a doubt. Huehuehue!
Shueisha also released two commemorative videos to mark the manga’s milestone and promote the poll campaign. One of them is below but you can check them out on YouTube.
Luffy and the gang will also feature in a full-page color ad in The New York Times on January 4th. The ad will promote the popularity poll.
Eiichiro Oda, the creator of One Piece who we absolutely must stan, also published a letter to celebrate the 100th chapter. The letter is as follows:
I, uh, wow…Words pretty much fail to describe the whirlwind these past 23 years have been. Literally half of my life has revolved around the almighty WEEKLY SERIALIZATION hehe. But it’s not just me, Luffy and the Strawhats have navigated themselves to so many different islands and found themselves caught up in so many adventures. At this point, even I’m not sure how many lives they’ve touched along the way! But it’s thanks to them that so many special people have entered my own life; first and foremost among them being my family. All of these people have supported me through the years and I am deeply indebted to each of them. Meanwhile, my readers have been leading their own bustling lives. There’s a certain theory that exists for long-term readership in the entertainment world that states, “A given pool of readers will rotate out of a series after five years.” And so for a while now, I’ve avoided calling my readers, ‘fans’. It’s like they say, “Pride cometh before a fall.” I convinced myself that I shouldn’t get too full of myself because my readers would eventually leave the series and move on with their lives. Let me say that all of you have put me to shame for thinking such a thing. Your belief in Luffy has led me to believe in all of you, and that is what allows me to continue drawing exactly the kind of manga I want to draw. So here we are, ready to dip our toes into the final stages of the story. It’s taken us a long time to reach one thousand chapters. However, it’s because I’ve completed a thousand chapters that you must believe I’ll take us to the end. The story waiting for you will defy expectations! I mean it!!
I have a favor to ask. This is for everyone with whom —by some means or another— I’ve managed to create a bond, in other words, the ONE PIECE FANS of the world! My story is a long one. But for just a while longer, please watch over Luffy and his crew as they continue their adventure!
January 2021 Eiichiro Oda”
This year’s third, fourth, fifth, and sixth issues of Shonen Jump will feature Luffy on the cover in what will make one combined image when placed together. Also, other manga artists like, Kōhei Horikoshi, Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro, Boichi, and Gege Akutami will draw their favorite One Piece characters to appear in the cover art of said issues.
What a time to be alive! we made it to a point in time where One Piece has a thousand manga chapters. Hopefully we can get to a point in time where we get to see One Piece end!
Jasmine is a 23-year-old writer, weeb, and overall nerd from Brooklyn, NY. Her favorite shows include Kill la Kill, Bungo Stray Dogs, and Criminal Minds. When she’s not writing or watching anime, she usually has her nose in a book or is just existing…y’know like a human person does.