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.