The Jakarta Post
Monkey D. Luffy statue, scale in human size, set up for shop promotion for the grand opening of One Piece Mugiwara Store in Japan on September 9, 2016. (shutterstock.com/enchanted_fairy/File)
Since its debut in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in December 1997, Japanese manga series One Piece has gained worldwide popularity. However, its creator Eiichiro Oda reportedly had prepared an ending plot to finish the series.
In late August, one of One Piece's Malaysian fan websites, Budak Getah, had the opportunity to interview Weekly Shonen Jump editor-in-chief Hiroyuki Nakano during the manga’s exhibition in Kuala Lumpur.
When being asked about the future of One Piece, Nakano said Oda had been trying to finish the manga as soon as possible due to its over-the-top popularity and he had even prepared an ending plot.
"But if people asked us when One Piece will end? We can only say that the future is uncertain," said Nakano. But he added that the team had started discussing the series' 30th anniversary celebration, suggesting that fans can expect to enjoy the manga for at least ten years more.
In 2015, One Piece was named the 'most copies published for the same comic book series by a single author’ by Guinness World Records. The series itself follows the adventure of Monkey D. Luffy and his friends in finding One Piece, the greatest treasure in the world, in order to become the next Pirate King. (wir/kes)