Eiichiro Oda’s long-running One Piece manga has finally hit its 1,000th chapter. And to celebrate this milestone achievement, they are doing plenty of activities and promotions. These include a touching 4-minute video in live-action. It starts off in 1997, when Oda first started the manga, to today! It goes though some memorable panels from the manga and how it inspired people.
They’re calling the 1,000 chapter celebration the ONE PIECE 1000 LOGS project. It also includes a global popularity poll, so it’s not just Japan that will be part of the festivities. The poll itself will open via its own homepage and by mail-in voting on February 28, 2021. Fans can vote multiple times, but only once per day. There will be an AR character giveaway throughout the campaign as well.
In addition, Shueisha is releasing a full-page ad for the campaign via the New York Times. It will appear in the American newspaper’s January 4 edition. Here it is:
And that’s not all, becuse Weekly Shounen Jump magazine’s combined issues #3 and #4 and combined issues #5 and #6 will be featuring One Piece in the cover as well. The covers will also feature One Piece characters drawn by other Jump mangaka, including My Hero Academia author Kohei Horikoshi’s take on Don Krieg, Dr. STONE artist Boichi’s take on Ace, JUJUTSU KAISEN creator Gege Akutami’s version of Arlong, and more.
Each issue will also have a half of a massive insert poster. Fans can combine the two parts to complete it, so they must get both combined issues.
Finally, Eiichiro Oda himself has a special message to fans, and here’s what he wants to say:
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”
Expect Shueisha to announce more details on these promos soon.
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