Eiichiro Oda just released a message through the official One Piece Twitter account talking about how he will be taking a four-week break from June 27th to July 25th to prepare for the final saga of One Piece and take a general breather. Below is his translated message:
Text Version below:
I’M TAKING A BREAK!
A few months ago, my taletented editors told me something: “Oda-san. This year’s summer’s gonna be rough. For the 25th anniversary, there’s also going to be a **** celebration for the film release. In the manga, the Wano Country arc/saga is also finally ending… right? You said you wanted to travel to Africa to supervise the filming of the Neftlix Live-Action, right? This summer we’ve got **** collaborations **** commercials, **** events… to perpare for all this excitement coming up, what do you think of taking a break?”
And I said: “What? Take a break?! Do you have any idea just how much readers always look forward to Jump every single we- YES PLEASE!!
I wanna go to Africa too~!! Also, I want to fix up the structure for the final part of the story so I can tighten it up as soon as possible~. So ba-si-ca-lly…. Sorry. Allow me to indulge in taking a breather and taking time to prepare!!
(T/N: Literally, Oda says “the final part of the story”. In JP, he uses “最終章”, which is a manga industry term to refer to the final saga/final part of a manga)
At the end of my vacation, a raging OP FESTIVAL will begin!! This break isn’t happening immediately by the way. From today, there are two more chapters coming out (Chapters 1052 and 1053). Then, from Shonen Jump issue 30 to issue 33, there will be four breaks! Please allow me some time to breathe!
(The trip to Africa was cancelled because of corona, RIP)
The return will be on Shonen Jump issue 34 (July 25th)!! Then, please look forward to the release of the new Film “RED” on August 6th!! There’s a cool thing happening in this one. The entire movie production staff absolutely loves Uta-chan lol. Goddamn haha. It’s not like the movie is already complete though. Eventually, I’m sure that everyone will feel the same way!! Please enjoy!
Now, for the prelude to the festival…! Tomorrow. June 8th at 19:00 JST, on the official One Piece YouTube channel, there’ll be lots of surprises!! All this content is just egregious!! haha
I think it’s gonna rock your socks off
- Gordon’s casting revealed (Big VA)
- Uta’s cast revealed (WHO?! WHO IS IT?! Quaking!)
- New trailer reveal
- Official movie tie-in song reveal (WOAH!! Hurry, I wanna hear it!!)
- “UTA PROJECT” reveal (Your jaw’s gonna hit the floor!! Enjoy~)
- Poster visual drawn by Odacchi (Drew something pretty cool!! Give it a look)
- Announcements corner (It’s that usual stuff, right?)
- Latest information about the manga (I’m taking a break, but it’ll be stuff like this
GIVE IT YOUR REST!! ~Oda