The “One Piece” franchise has become highly influential in Japan and in other parts of the world. A huge celebration is expected as the series turns 20 years old this year.
According to a report from Comicbook.com, Weekly Shonen Jump announced that 10 “big projects” are in the works. These projects are all in honor of the successful franchise that was a brainchild of Eiichiro Oda.
The details, however, were not disclosed, as a separate issue is being reserved for the announcement. The report added that the details are expected to come out on July 15. Moreover, the 20th-anniversary celebration is not only limited to the upcoming huge events. A commemorative issue of Weekly Shonen Jump will come out on July 22. Apart from this, another surprise will also be announced on that day.
Furthermore, a two-hour anime special titled “One Piece Episode of East Blue” is scheduled to air on Aug. 26. It will showcase completely new content featuring Luffy reflecting on how his four allies were able to join his team of Straw Hat Pirates. In addition, the show will also feature reanimated scenes of events from the beginning of the series up until the Straw Hat Pirates enter the Grand Line, according to AnimeNewsNetwork.
To date, the manga has already printed over 350 million copies in Japan alone, with 66 million more outside.
Back in June, Avex announced that they will come out with a CD featuring music from the current “One Piece” arc. The CD, titled “Big Mom’s Concert – Welcome to Whole Cake Island,” will be launched on July 19 and will carry a total of 10 tracks.
The CD will have a total running time of 25 minutes and will also be packaged with a bonus DVD. The extra disc will feature two versions of the “Bloody Party” sequence that were shown in the “One Piece” anime.