Eiichiro Oda, the creator behind the long-running manga One Piece, announced that One Piece will be going on a 1 month hiatus from June 27th to July 25th so that he can prepare for the series’ 25th anniversary and the final saga. Here is his full message!

I’m taking a break!

A few months ago, my talented editors told me “Oda-sensei, this summer will be tough. The 25th Anniversary of the series will take place, and there will also be a commemoration for the release of the film. The story of Wano is also now over… You also want to travel to Africa to supervise the filming of Netflix’s Live-Action.

During summer, we will also have collaborations, commercials and events. Would you like to take a whole month off in order to prepare for all this excitement?”.

| said, “What!? Taking a break!? How much do you think readers enjoy Jump… But resting!!” And I want to go to Africa tooooo!! I also want to reorganize the final arc of the series so I can finish it as soon as possible. So… I’m sorry, but I’m going to take a breather and some time to prepare!!

After my vacation, a raging ONE PIECE festival will start! This break will not be immediate. Starting today, 2 more chapters will be published, and the break will take for weeks from Jump’s Issue #30 to Issue #33! Give me some time to breathe! (The previous trip to Africa was ruined due to the Coronavirus, sadly).

Series will be resuming in Jump’s Issue #34 on July 25th! And please look forward to ONE PIECE: FILM RED, which will be screening on August 6th! There’s something interesting happening with this one. All the production staff of the movie loves Uta-chan. It’s not like the movie is completed yet though. Anyway, I’m sure you will all feel the same way sooner or later!! Please look forward to it!