Eiichiro Oda’s comment from Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed that he is all set to draw the mysteries in the world of One Piece that have been hidden till now.
He promised the fans that it will be fun and asked them to fasten their seatbelts.
“I will be drawing every single mystery in this world that I have been hiding until now. It’s going to be fun. Please fasten your seatbelts. Thank you very much!!!” the translation of Oda’s comment read.
Oda said it took 25 years for him to prepare for the final saga. He however added that it was okay if fans started reading the manga from this point on.
“The preparation is almost complete. It took me 25 years, lol. However, its okay if you start reading from here. After all…from here on this is (the) ONE PIECE,” Oda said.
The author also said that as a kid he wanted to draw a manga whose ending was the “most exciting” part, but he wasn’t sure if he was up for it.
“I had this image in mind when I was a kid, ‘I want to draw a manga whose ending is the most exciting part…..!!’ I wonder if I can draw it,” the comment read.
One Piece manga is currently on a one month break as Oda prepares for the final saga. The manga will resume and start its final arc in the 34th issue, which will go on sale on July 25.
Oda previously said in an interview in August 2020 that he plans to end the story in four or five years.
Commemorating the release of the 100th compiled book volume of the manga, a newspaper advertisement revealed a photo of Oda drawing at his workspace with the words, “The story is in the final stage. (物語 は 終盤 で す)” back in September 2021.
One Piece is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. It has been serialized in Shueisha’s shōnen manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump since July 1997, with its individual chapters compiled into 102 tankōbon volumes as of April 2022.
One Piece was the best-selling manga for eleven consecutive years from 2008 to 2018 and is the only manga that had an initial print of volumes of above 3 million continuously for more than 10 years, as well as the only one that had achieved more than 1 million copies sold in all of its 100 published tankōbon volumes.
The 100th manga volume shipped on Sep 3, 2021. Oda published the 1,000th chapter in this year’s combined 5th/6th issue of Weekly Shonen Jump magazine on Jan 4, 2022.