Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece manga has surpassed 490 million circulating copies worldwide. These numbers include the 400+ million in Japan and the 90+ million in 57 other counties. This number does not account for all copies individually sold, but rather a sales statistic.
The One Piece Manga Celebration
The manga is celebrating its 1,000th volume, which will ship on September 3 along with other projects. These future projects include a voiced comic of Oda’s other manga “Monsters. Another extra feature is an interview between the cast members that play Luffy and two more ship captains.
The biggest project at the moment is the Kibo Discover Project. It is a collaboration between the One Piece manga publisher, Japan’s Aerospace Exploration Agency, and the interactive production company Bascule. The project will allow people to venture into space with the hopes of spreading love and peace throughout the world.
Other (but not elaborated on) extras include a reader mail-away offer for figures, a third Shokugeki no Sanji chapter, a new streaming program on the official One Piece Youtube channel, the free release of the first 90 chapters, and the third One Piece Knowledge King Test.
One Piece originally started in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump on July 19, 1997. The 57th volume of the series had its first printing of over a million copies. This set a national industry record in March 2010. For the first time, the manga won the 41st Japan Cartoonist Awards in 2012. It also set a Guinness World Record in 2015 for “the most copies published for the same comic book series by a single author.”
In April of 2020, the One Piece manga had over 390 million copies in circulation in Japan and over 42 million copies in circulation worldwide. Oda published the series’s 1,000th chapter in this year’s combined 5th/6th issue of Weekly Shonen Jump. As the One Piece manga is still going strong, Oda said in an interview that he plans to end the story in four or five years.