The manga of the cult received its last batch from July 25

The adventures of his Straw Hat Pirate have kept millions of fans around the world amazed for a quarter of a century: the manga piece She celebrates her 25th anniversary before embarking on the home extension of her Endless Foundation.

After a month’s break, put the final package to work from July 25th in the popular weekly manga Shounen Jump (in English) From the publisher Shueisha where the new chapters piece in Japan.

“I will begin to reveal all the secrets of this world that I have kept hidden”, Its author, Eiichiro Oda, warned in a handwritten message posted on Twitter. “It’s going to be fun. Please buckle up.”

Since the publication of the first volume in 1997, The Hunt for One Piece, the coveted treasure of all pirates and first of all, the protagonist of the series, has had over 100 volumes to its credit and doubles sales records.

With 490 million copies sold, Eiichiro Oda (47) earned a “Guinness World Records” in this category. One author published the largest number of copies of the same storyboard.

Enough to celebrate its 25th anniversary, from the United States to France, the second largest market for Japanese manga and animation, a global event akin to devotion.

“One Piece today is not only one of the greatest manga in this world, but one of the greatest works on a cultural scale, all sectors combined”, According to AFP, Chadli Benhoussain is a content creator who specializes in pop culture and has 1.7 million followers on TikTok. How do we explain this recognition? “What makes this manga so special is above all the script,” Ryoji Kochi, President of Europe, Middle East and Africa for Toei Animation, the Japanese company that has produced the animated series since 1999, confirms.

Excessive industrialization, racism, slavery, geopolitical intrigues… piece It intersects with cultural and geographical references (Ancient Egypt, Venice, Medieval Japan…) giving it a global dimension.

“En proposant des univers totalement différents, l’auteur permet de ne jamais ennuyer le lecteur dans la narration. Tout ça fait qu’on a une fresque, une épopée, qui dure depuis extrêmement longtemps et peut où paña on a tour”, On the occasion of the release of volume 100 in France last year, which was printed in 250,000 copies as a file, Benoit Hoot, managing editor of manga at Glénat, told AFP on the occasion of the release of volume 100 in France. Goncourt Prize.

While the plot still promises many twists and turns, what is missing? piece To reach a wider audience beyond fans of Japanese anime, such as epic stories star Wars where Harry Potter ?

“Although Japanese culture is now very well exported, it is still far from the influence of Western innovations, driven by a very large market, and by all the ‘soft power’ that a big machine like Hollywood puts on an industrial scale.” , Explains to AFP Julian Bellot, an economist specializing in cultural industries.

The upcoming release on Netflix, the streaming platform with over 200 million subscribers, of a series adapted from the world piece You’re supposed to help her, she wants to believe her producers.

“History has shown us that Hollywood has faced all the problems in the world with manga adaptation. We all have Dragon Ball + conditioning disaster in mind, both artistically and commercially”, Remember Mr. Bello. “If Netflix can produce a truly high-quality product that captures the special spirit of One Piece, that would be a great start.”

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