One Piece Isn't Close To Finishing

One Piece Isn't Close to Finishing

The One Piece manga debuted in 1997. That's a long time ago! You might think it was ending sooner than later. You, then, would be wrong.

In an interview with Japanese radio show Gold Rush (via Get News and One Piece Podcast), the manga's editor, Suguru Sugita, talked about what it was like working with One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda.

When asked how far along the story was, Sugita replied (via One Piece Podcast), "He told me that the first part of the story, the part prior to the time-skip, was around halfway through. That was about 60 volumes, so maybe we're at 70 per cent? I don't think it's at 80 per cent yet. Something like that."

Oda, who is 40, still has a ways to go on the manga. He works at a breakneck pace, only sleeping two or three hours a night. But he does know how the manga will wrap up and only reveals the ending to his editors. About seven hours after Sugita became the editor of One Piece, Oda revealed the ending while talking on the phone. "He asked me whether there was anyone around," said Sugita. "I told him no, and he said, 'Alright, I don't have anyone around me either, so let's talk,' and then he told me."

When asked whether or not it was true that Oda won't do another long-form manga when One Piece finishes, Sugita replied (via One Piece Podcast), "He hasn't decided, but he said he probably wouldn't be able to write one. He's already been going on for eighteen years, so just how old will he be by the time it's all over? I think it's more of a question as to whether he'd be able to write another long serialisation after that, realistically speaking."

If anything, Oda will need to catch up on missed sleep.

Picture: Viz


    I've been watching it lately. I'm only up to the war part. (Episode 451 atm)

    It's uh... it's long. I can't bare to read it but I like watching it. Not too fond of all the filler.

      Ungodly amounts of filler.

        Hahah funniest thing is that One Piece is easily the one of the "big 3" (OP, Naruto and Bleach) series with the least filler of them all.

      the manga is awesome. i have a manga reader on my phone and started at chapter 1 took me a few weeks of reading for 2 or so hours in bed every night (which is easy to do when you get on a roll and want to keep finding out whats next) some nights i would end up reading 3 or 4 hours, but i made it.

      Just going to leave this here: (one piece with no filler guide)

      I started watching it again and am on the archipelago arc.. so much better when you skip all the filler!

      Last edited 23/07/15 11:12 am

    My brother has been encouraging me to watch it, "it gets good at episode 80". Pass.

      Bloody thing that makes my manly tears flow. Gotta read it.

        The final scene with Merry on the Grand Line. Tears me up every single time!

          Don't even start me, I read that shit at work.
          I held it together but had to call the missus to vent while she sat silently stunned, listening to me break up over a god damned cartoon.

          I got her though, she started watching the anime when I did and was hooked. I thought I was ready for it but the whole thing with sound was horrible, we both lost our shit and then laughed about it a few days later.

          So bloody sad xD

          Last edited 23/07/15 10:33 pm

      It gets good? No mate, it STARTS GOOD. Then it gets FANTASTIC.

        I'd say it starts great (that chapter 1 is glorious stuff), then dips down to good in the first couple major arcs, then yes, shoots up to fantastic around Arlong Park arc and for the rest of the series, it flows between great and bloody brilliant.

    I was really into it a long time ago when I didn't really have much of a life. Waaay too long and would prefer to read/watch shorter sharper anime/manga nowadays.

    The episodes are getting shorter nowadays anyway. The first 5 minutes of it is the intro and a recap of the previous episode.

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