"I’m hoping from the bottom of my heart that you will all be safe and well" - Oda
With so many anime and manga on pause at the moment, with no idea when they'll come back, One Piece manga creator Eiichiro Oda reached out to fans on May 6 to give an update on how One Piece is continuing to be made during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Oda spoke about the manga, the anime series, and how 61 volumes of the manga series are currently available to read " to help you relax ... when you need some fresh air" in Japan.
You can read the full message from the Eiichiro Staff Twitter account, or down below.
We received a new message from Oda-san. Hoping you continue to enjoy ONE PIECE! pic.twitter.com/LSvh4a9v0P— ONE PIECEスタッフ【公式】 (@Eiichiro_Staff) May 6, 2020
"One Piece’s Measures Concerning Coronavirus
Concerning the manga, I’m still drawing every day as usual, but since all our work is analog, we cannot avoid gathering people. So we have limited the staff to its minimum, and I also have to live a life as far away from contamination as I can. Because of that, the progress of the original story and other projects have slowed down to a frustrating extent.
That is why I think there will be more interruptions from now on, but please understand that we are not taking a break because I’m feeling unwell, we are reorganizing work to continue making this manga while staying healthy!!
The anime is also interrupted for now, but preparations are underway behind the scenes so that the show can continue even in the current situation.
Now, in order to support part of your time staying home, the first 61 volumes of One Piece are available for free of Jump+ (Only in Japan). A manga will not help you through the basic necessities of life, but I’ll be happy to help you relax with the story’s foolish moments when you need some fresh air.
I’m hoping from the bottom of my heart that you will all be safe and well, in your body and mind!!
Eiichiro Oda and Monkey Self-D.icsiplined Luffy"
Good news for anime fans as Oda says that the team is doing their best to try and get the TV anime production up and running again and that Oda and his manga crew are safe and well.
For now though, you can catch up on all of Luffy's adventures right here on Crunchyroll!
Source: Eiichiro Staff on Twitter
Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs the YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photos of his travels on Instagram.