The manga One Piece faces his last stages before the grand finale. Readers of the prolific Eiichiro Oda comic, the best-selling comic in history in Japan and an emblem of the Weekly Shonen Jump since 1997, it has communicated on the occasion of the publication of volume # 100 that “the story is in its final phase”. Although it does not differ from what he communicated almost a year ago, that we are approaching the last great arc, this does not mean that this end will take place in “months”, but rather in “years”.
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The official account of the Shonen Jump, which is responsible for transferring the official information that emerges from the Shueisha publishing house in English every week, is very clear and should not be misinterpreted: One Piece is not about to end. Readers of the manga – which can be followed for free and legally from Manga Plus – are at the climax of the Wano Country arc (chapter 909 – ongoing), started in volume # 90. We are currently in the chapter1023.
Without entering into any kind of plot gutting, although it is evident which is the end of the road and what challenges the Straw Hat pirates may face before reaching their great dream, It’s easy to think that there are still a few years of One Piece manga left. Eiichiro Oda, author of the work since its inception, publishes at the rate of between 35 and 40 chapters per year. For five years he has been making more annual interruptions (a weekly break every three weeks, approximately) to preserve his health, which has slightly slowed the pace of progress of the story.
In 2012, Eiichiro Oda indicated that the manga was at 60% completion; in 2016, by 65%. In 2018, it updated the percentage to 80%. In August 2020, he finally said that it was approximate “to the final saga”. How many volumes and chapters will be left before knowing what One Piece is? Will we know in 2021 how to get to the final island? First, there are things to finish in Wano Country …