Fans of high profile shonen manga are no strangers to hiatuses on their favorite series, but One Piece is entering a slightly extended delay due to illness. As announced on the official Shonen Jump website, author Eiichiro Oda has been hospitalized, and the series will be absent from the magazine for two weeks. More after the jump.
Toei Animation announced today that One Piece Film Z, the most successful film in the anime series, will be released in five Asian countries soon; Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, and Korea. And the company has already gotten offers from five more countries in the region. Hit the jump for more details.
In commemoration of the release of One Piece Film Z in Japan, Japanese pair jewelry brand White Clover has started offering new silver accessories featuring the four main characters of the series, Luffy, Chopper, Zoro, and Brook. Check the best Christmas gifts for the One Piece fan after the jump!
One Piece Film Z earned record-breaking 750 million yen (about US$9 million) at the box office and drew 600,000 audiences in Japan on its opening day yesterday. The previous opening day record-holder in the franchise was One Piece Film Strong World, which debuted to 553 million yen on December 12th in 2009. Hit the jump for more story.