Eiichiro Oda: "I am full of gratitude to have done this much for one series."
Tokyo One Piece Tower, the world's first permanent indoor theme park dedicated to the One Piece franchise, closed down its five-year history on July 31. The park posted a special farewell movie to express their gratitude to all the people who loved it and their support for five years.
Tokyo One Piece Tower opened on March 13, 2015, and had been visited by the One Piece fans from all over the world. However, the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak had a severe impact on its management. They announced its permanent closure on July 4. They wrote in the statement, "We have determined that it will be difficult to continue providing services that satisfy all of you with the same quality as before, as well as the location of indoor facilities."
Also, the One Piece manga author Eiichiro Oda released a special message as below:
"Who would have imagined that such a world would be coming? Close contact is fun, but we can't do that. It's very sad, but five years is a long time! It was five years filled with memories of many fans. The actors on stage day after day, the numerous attractions, and the power of the staff to support them! I think it was very pleasant and probably an intimate time with no regrets in those days. I am full of gratitude to have done this much for one series. Rather, Tokyo One Piece Tower has changed to a legend! I'm looking forward to seeing you all again in a different form. Thank you so much for creating a fun space for five years!"
Source: Tokyo One Piece Tower press release
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