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One Piece editor not so sure that manga will end in five years

Back in September, One Piece mangaka Eiichiro Oda gave a statement that he wants “to end it in five years”. But in a more recent update, the manga’s editor Takuma Naito seemed unsure if this goal wasn’t a little overzealous.

In an interview with Oricon News, Naito said that considering the story developments he’s discussed with Oda, he doesn’t believe it will end in five years. But the editor wasn’t willing to strike out all possibility, saying “if Oda says it will be five years, then it will surely end in five years”.

In the latest chapters of the Wano Country Arc, Naito noted that the plot’s been picking up pace. Just enough, perhaps, to allow for Oda’s five-year plan. It all seems to be on track for the author at least, who said in a TV interview in January that the manga’s ending is “near”. But things may change if a reader manages to guess his ready-drawn ending. If that happened, Oda said in the same interview, he would change the ending. And in any case, for now we should perhaps take Oda’s progress updates with a big pinch of salt. Is the end near? In five years? It’s anyone’s guess.

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3 Comments on One Piece editor not so sure that manga will end in five years

  1. Juan Martinez // November 19, 2019 at 05:27 // Reply

    5 years from now is long enough to complete it.

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  2. Dez Polycarpe // November 23, 2019 at 05:09 // Reply

    I say it ends in 7 years. I feel like the later that we enter the final arc, the more that he wont want to let it go because he loves writing about each character and the world. Like in whole cake he wanted to go more in depth on the family but he couldn’t because of the hype for Wano.

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  3. I don’t think it will ever end. It’s such a mammoth franchise the day One Piece ends is the day a huge hole appears in the world and we all fall inside. Then again this could just be outright denial because I have no idea what I’m going to do with myself once the series does end (ouside of reading it from the start all over again).

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