The statue of Jinbei will be unveiled in July 2022 at the Sumiyoshi Kaigan Park, Uto city, Kumamoto Prefecture, as per the official Twitter handle of One Piece.
Jinbei is the 10th member of the Straw Hat Pirates. With his statue erected in Uto, all the Straw Hats would be together in Kumamoto prefecture helping with the reconstruction efforts.
The Youtube channel for the revival project has also launched a trailer depicting the production process of the statues. A more detailed video will be made available at a later date.
What is the Kumamoto Revival Project?
In April 2016, a series of earthquakes hit the Kumamoto prefecture in Japan. The two most devastating tremors measured 6.2 and 7.0 on the Richter scale. Following the quakes, Eiichiro Oda, author of One Piece and a native of Kumamoto prefecture, donated ¥800 million for the reconstruction efforts and started the ONE PIECE Kumamoto Revival Project with the aim of inspiring the reconstruction efforts. In April 2018, the Kumamoto government awarded Oda the “People’s Honour Award” to praise his contributions to the relief effort.
The Straw Hat Pirates “Hino Kuni” Reconstruction Arc
It is the statue construction phase of the project where statues of all the members of the Straw Hat Pirates will be erected in different areas of the Kumamoto prefecture.
- Monkey D Luffy- Unveiled on November 30, 2018, at the Kumamoto prefectural government office.
- Sanji- Unveiled on December 7, 2019, in Mashiki town.
- Usopp- Unveiled on December 8, 2019, in front of Aso station.
- Chopper- Unveiled on November 7, 2020, at the entrance of Kumamoto City Zoological and Botanical Gardens.
- Brook- Unveiled on November 8, 2020, in Mifune town.
- Franky- Unveiled on November 21, 2020, in Takamori town.
- Nami- Unveiled on July 31, 2021, in Nishihara village.
- Robin- Unveiled on October 9, 2021, at the Kumamoto Earthquake Museum in Minamiaso village.
- Zoro- Unveiled on January 22, 2022, in Ozu town.
- Jinbe- To be unveiled in July at Sumiyoshi Kaigan Park in Uto city.
To further promote the project, Shueisha has decided to produce mini collectible figures of the statues of the Strawhats. The figures are scheduled to be released in July. More details are awaited.