Today, chapter 1,000 of “One Piece” has been officially published. Fittingly, Mangaka Eiichiro Oda addressed his fans with a message, which we translated below. In addition, a special video has been released, which you can find below.
Odas Message to Chapter 1,000
1,000 chapters!!! Me, uh, wow … Words cannot describe what a whirlwind the last 23 years have been. Literally half of my life has been about the almighty ‘weekly publication’. But it’s not just me, Luffy and the straw hats have gone to so many different islands and have been involved in so many adventures.
I’m not sure how many lives they’ve touched on their way! But it is thanks to them that so many special people have entered my own life; above all, my family. All these people have supported me over the years, and I have a deep gratitude to each of them. In the meantime, my readers have led their own busy lives.
There is a certain theory in the entertainment world that says: “A certain pool of readers will turn away from a series after five years.” And so I avoided calling my readers “fans” for a while. “Arrogance comes before the fall.” I thought that I shouldn’t be too taken by myself, because my readers would eventually turn away from the series and carry on with their own lives.
Let me say that you have all shamed me into thinking something like this. Your faith in Luffy has made me believe in all of you, and that is what allows me to continue to draw exactly the kind of manga I want to draw. So here we are – ready to dip our toes into the final phase of history. It took us a long time to reach 1,000 chapters. But just because I have completed 1,000 chapters, you have to believe me that I will lead us to the end. The story that awaits you will exceed all expectations! I’m serious!!
I must ask you for a favor. This favor is addressed to all those with whom I have built a bond in one way or another. In other words: to all ONE PIECE FANS in this world! My story is a long story. But please watch over Luffy and his crew for a while as they continue their adventure!
Large global character survey
In line with the publication of Chapter 1,000, which can now be read free of charge and legally on MANGA Plus, the publisher Shueisha launched a large character survey, in which fans all over the world can participate for the first time.
On a website, you can vote for your favorite characters from “One Piece” until February 28 at 3:59 p.m. The results of the “World Top 100” voting, which will be published sometime later, will then clarify the question of which “One Piece” character has the most fans.
Below you can see a special live-action teaser released as part of the celebrations of Chapter 1,000.
One Piece Special Teaser
One Piece Plot
The legendary pirate treasure “One Piece” is the object of desire for all sailors. Also for Monkey D. Luffy, who has been fascinated by the activities of seafarers since early childhood. However, any attempts to hire on one of the ships fail miserably. When he eats a so-called gum fruit one day, his life changes abruptly: all of a sudden he can no longer swim, but he can no longer swim, but knot and stretch his limbs as if they were made of rubber.