Eiichiro Oda, the creator of One Piece, missed the deadline for several issues of his popular manga earlier this spring. He is still recovering.
According to the latest issue of Shonen Jump, which One Piece missed, the manga will also be missing the next issue.
Originally, Oda was hospitalised in May for a tonsil infection. One Piece was supposed to return to print in June, but now, it doesn't look like it will be back until at least August 5 when the next Shonen Jump goes on sale.
As J-Cast reports this week, there are certainly concerns online about Oda's health. It's worth noting that Oda seemed in good spirits when he gave an update about One Piece's status.
Oda is a workaholic. Last year, he said, "Well mornings... I get up at 5am, and I work until 2am. It's normal for me to sleep from 2am to 5am." He also added that he has "no days off."
In an earlier interview, Oda said that making One Piece's last chapter long would make it more engaging. "I'm not worried about it being interesting," Oda added. "The only thing I'm worried about is whether or not my physical strength can hold up."
Oda gave this interview before he was admitted to the hospital in the spring.
Look, there's no rush. One Piece has been running since 1997. People can wait for Oda to fully recover, however long that takes.