One Piece is one of the most popular manga and anime franchises of all time, running since 1997, and it looks like the franchise is not going to end anytime soon. One Piece creator, Eiichiro Oda, has a list of spin offs and special manga planned to be coming this year. One Twitter user @sandman_ap has listed all of what is coming this year from the franchise, and fans are excited.
There is a list of exciting new spin-offs coming this year, along with other material which can be seen below:
‘Novel Ace’ Volume 1 – which will focus on how Ace Established Spade Priates, set to release July 7th. Written by Shou Hinata.
‘Novel Ace’ Volume 2 and 3 – which will focus the story up untill Ace dies, which has not been revealed in manga before. The novels are set to release August 4th and September 1st. Written by
‘Novel Straw Hat Crew’ – a new short novel that focuses on each member of Straw Hats. Written by Tomohito Osaki
‘Picture Book Light and Darkness ‘ – which is a new story on the childhood of Luffy, Ace, and Sabo. Written by Shinsaku Nagata.
Special Manga Drawn by Oda
Oda’s extended interview
A new special poster that is drawn by Oda
You can check out a description of One Piece from Viz Media below:
As a child, Monkey D. Luffy dreamed of becoming King of the Pirates. But his life changed when he accidentally gained the power to stretch like rubber—at the cost of never being able to swim again! Years later, Luffy sets off in search of the One Piece, said to be the greatest treasure in the world…
Eiichiro Oda began his manga career in 1992 at the age of 17, when his one-shot cowboy manga Wanted! won second place in the coveted Tezuka manga awards. Oda went on to work as an assistant to some of the biggest manga artists in the industry, including Nobuhiro Watsuki, before winning the Hop Step Award for new artists. His pirate adventure One Piece, which debuted in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 1997, quickly became one of the most popular manga in Japan.
READ MORE Anime Classic Gets Anniversary Special in August
As “One Piece” celebrates its 20th year this month, the creators of the anime classic have grand plans for it. The recent issue of Weekly Shonen Jump has confirmed that a two-hour “One Piece” special will air on Aug. 26 in honor of Luffy and the Straw Hat Pirates.
Titled “One Piece Episode of East Blue: Luffy and His 4 Crewmates’ Big Adventure,” the special will serve as the show’s anniversary episode and is said to definitely make “One Piece” fans very emotional. According to reports, although this episode gives fans a new narrative, it will also feature flashbacks from the time when each member of the crew enlisted for the Thousand Sunny.
It was also suggested that the upcoming special will showcase a do-over of some of the scenes from the anime throughout its run. And while the anniversary episode will not arrive until later this summer, the creators of the episode have already been actively releasing important visuals to promote the big event. Some of the visuals released so far feature the faces of fan-favorite characters like Zoro, Nami, and Sanji.
What makes the anniversary episode even more worth looking forward to is that it is not only meant to entertain “One Piece” fans. In fact, even those who are not very familiar with the series will also enjoy it. The summer anime special will sum up the events from the premiere episode of the series up to when the major characters started to travel on the Grand Line. As it explores the history of the Straw Hats crew, the episode will relive some of the most key moments in the series, taking fans for a walk down memory lane.
Directed by Takashi Otsuka and written by Tomohiro Nakayama, the summer special will see the main cast members reprise their roles in the series. It will also feature “We are! For the New World!” as one of its soundtracks.