Eiichiro Oda, the creator behind the long-running manga One Piece, announced that he would be taking a month-long break following the conclusion of the recent arc, in order to prepare for the series’ 25th anniversary. The manga will be on hiatus in the Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from June 27 until July 25. After the pause, the manga will return with one “final saga,” according to a popular fan translation Twitter account.
BREAKING NEWS: With Wano concluding, One Piece will be going on a 1 month hiatus from June 27th to July 25th so that Oda can prepare for the final saga pic.twitter.com/3W9q2kXBkH
One Piece is one of the longest-running and most beloved shonen series of all time. Shueisha published the first chapter in 1997. Since its start, the weekly serialized story has spanned over 1,000 chapters. This is the largest break from the manga since Oda took four weeks off during the time-skip in the story, after which he helmed the series in a new direction.
Fans are debating whether the announcement means the story only has one arc left, or if it simply means the story will come to a conclusion soon. Regardless, we’ve known for a while that Luffy’s story was finally coming to an end; in 2020, Oda said One Piece would end in five years.