One Piece manga sales numbers exceed a record 500 million copies in circulation worldwide

Luffy the leader of the straw hat pirates
Luffy the leader of the Straw Hat pirates. Pic credit: Toei animation

Thanks to Eiichiro Oda and Weekly Shonen Jump, One Piece is one of the most popular manga series ever to be released.

The Straw Hat Pirates’ tale has been tracing Luffy and his crew for decades, first appearing in the late 1990s. It’s not surprising that the series has grown more well-known over time, but as of late, it has outsold all expectations in terms of sales and even broken a Guinness World Record.

One Piece manga achieves a monumental milestone

One Piece’s official Twitter account revealed the shocking news that there are currently more than 500 million copies of the manga in print worldwide, and Eiichiro Oda used this information to break the record for “The Comic Book Series with the Most Copies Published by a Single Author”:

The War for Wano arc finally came to an end in the pages of One Piece’s manga, with Luffy and the crew defeating Kaido and his Beast Pirates to usher in a new period of peace for the isolated country. After this arc’s conclusion, Eiichiro Oda took a month off to prepare for the series’ Final Arc, which would finally end the Straw Hat Pirates’ quest after decades of navigating the Grand Line. After Momonosuke and the warriors of Wano dealt a heavy blow to the military and its representative, Admiral Ryokugyu, the most recent chapters make hints that Red-Haired Shanks might return to Luffy’s life. Without a doubt, Oda is preparing the groundwork for the series to end on a high note.

Even though One Piece already had a successful year, the franchise hopes to grow in 2022, partly because of the release of One Piece: Red, the franchise’s fifteenth movie. The television series is assisting in preparing for the film’s release with upcoming episodes that will diverge from Wano and instead center on the early relationship between Luffy and the daughter of his old mentor. Red-Haired Shanks is set to return on an adventure with his daughter Uta.

One Piece and its concept of found family

Several literary topics, like racism, discrimination, dreams, and war, are expertly incorporated throughout One Piece by Eiichiro Oda. Although he does an excellent job of handling these themes and others, the “found family” cliche jumps out the most. Clear and convincing examples of “discovered families” can be found starting in the first chapter. Love, loyalty, and familial mischief are present in every family unit, enhancing the tale’s warmth and coziness.

A motley family of Luffy and the Straw Hat Pirates terrorizing each other with ridiculous pranks while still showing great affection for one another. Sadly, many of the team lack family or strong links to their blood relatives. Luffy is an exception because his grandfather looks after him, yet both he and Luffy’s father are conspicuously absent.

The “no strings attached” nature of a close-knit family exemplifies Whitebeard’s patience and understanding. At one point, a member of Whitebeard’s family falls short, doubts their mission, and hurts Whitebeard; yet, they are immediately loved and absolved. Regarding father figures, Whitebeard is undoubtedly the best since he will go back to the end of the world to save one of his “children.”

The Franky Family, the Donquixote Pirates, and the Galley-La Company are more examples of the “found family” theme throughout the narrative. Due to Luffy’s contagious charisma, his family expands as he travels further. The core crew’s sense of family has helped them survive and advance through the treacherous waters to spread their brand of liberation and merriment throughout the planet.

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