Why the Manga is on Hiatus
The manga will be taking a month-long break as Eiichiro Oda, the author of One Piece, needs to have an eye surgery.
The official Twitter account of One Piece revealed on June 6, 2023, that the author has a severe case of astigmatism, which makes his vision blurry.
This means that the manga will skip four issues of Weekly Shonen Jump (29, 30, 31, 32), and One Piece chapter 1087 will be delayed until July 18, 2023.
However, fans can still enjoy chapter 1086 on June 11, 2023, (June 12 in Japan) as scheduled in issue #28.
What is One Piece About
One Piece is a long-running and popular anime series that tells the story of Monkey D. Luffy and his pirate crew who are on a quest to find the legendary treasure called “One Piece” that was left behind by the greatest pirate of all time, Gold Roger.
How Popular is One Piece
The manga has been running in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine since 1997. It has over 1000+ chapters and 105 volumes published so far. It has also been adapted into an anime series, movies, video games, and merchandise. Millions of fans around the world look forward to each new chapter every week.
What Oda Said About the Hiatus
Eiichiro Oda released a statement regarding the hiatus, a rough translation of which is given below:
I apologize!! I will be taking a break for four issues!! (Jump issues 29, 30, 31, and 32)
Well, regarding the final chapters of ONEPIECE, I want to let you know that I really need to undergo surgery. I will be having a surgery to shoot beams from my eyes!!
I know it may seem like a joke, but I’m telling you because I don’t want to worry you unnecessarily. Recently, I’ve been suffering from severe astigmatism.
You see, things appear blurry to me.
This has been causing difficulties in my work, so I’ve been discussing it with the editor-in-chief since last year. They told me to go ahead and have the surgery!
I’ll work on improving my vision and come back! Please bear with me for a little while!
What Fans Think About the Hiatus
Fans have been sending their messages of concern and well-wishes for Oda’s health and recovery on social media. They have also been sharing their excitement and curiosity for what will happen next in the story. Some have even wondered if the break might mean that the manga is close to its end. Oda’s prediction is that the series will have its conclusion in 4 years. He plans to wrap up One Piece in 2024 or 2025.
Why One Piece is Amazing
One thing is for sure: One Piece is a manga that has amazed and inspired many people for over two decades, and it will keep doing so for many more. We hope that Oda will recover soon and come back with more awesome chapters for us to enjoy.