Manga | Nearly two decades into his blockbuster fantasy adventure, it appears creator Eiichiro Oda still has a long way to go before he completes the epic One Piece. Just ahead of the manga’s 18th birthday on Sunday, its current editor Taku Sugita revealed on a Tokyo radio show that somewhere around the 60th volume Oda estimated the story had reached the halfway point. With the release of Vol. 78 earlier this month, Sugita guesses One Piece is “maybe” 70-percent complete. “I don’t think it’s at 80 percent yet,” he said. “Something like that.”
Publishing | The editors of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo have solved the problem of having too much money, something that had never been an issue until recently. After two gunmen attacked the Paris headquarters in January, killing 12 and wounding 11 more, sales of the next issue shot up as millions of non-readers bought it to show their solidarity. The magazine had always run on a shoestring, and the unexpected cash caused some dissension among
Manga | Continuing its seven-year streak, Eiichiro Oda’s pirate adventure One Piece was the bestselling manga in Japan in 2015, according to the market research firm Oricon. The series sold 14.1 million copies between Dec. 1, 2014, and Nov. 30, 2015, an increase of 18 percent from the previous year. It’s followed by The Seven Deadly Sins with 10.3 million, Attack on Titan with 8.8 million, Assassination Classroom with 8.6 million and Kingdom with 8.5 million. You can see the full Top 10, as well as breakdowns by volume, at Crunchyroll.
Passings | Manga writer Jinpachi Mori died last week of esophageal cancer. He was 57. Mori’s only work to be translated into English is Benkei in New York, illustrated by Jiro Taniguchi, which was published by Viz Media in its Pulp magazine back in the early days of licensed manga and later collected in a single volume. In Japan, he was known for Kasai no Hito, a manga about a juvenile court judge, and Mori himself was an outspoken advocate of rehabilitation rather than
The most recognizable and triumphant periods in the comic books era were: the Golden age, Silver age and the Bronze Age. We’ve all heard of the saying, “what goes up must come down.” This seemed to apply to the comics industry as well because it didn’t only come down in the mid 1990s, but it came down with a crash.
Lately the comic book industry has been trying to pick itself up through the aid of comic 2 films. This approach has proved to be helpful for titles like Spiderman, X-men, and Sin City in sales but it may have been hurtful for other titles that flopped in the Box office. That is why this is not enough to bring redemption to the industry. One of the problems that led to the downfall of the comics industry was said to be accessibility due to the removal of comics from stores and shops. This can no longer be true for the reason that comics are getting exposure through animations, movies, and the internet. Then why is this industry still struggling? I’ll ask another question, why is anime doing so well? The simple answer is better storyline and the
In the world of “One Piece” there are two kinds of people: pirates and everyone else. In the world that contains the world of “One Piece,” (this world, for those keeping track), there are also two kinds of people: “One Piece” people and everyone else. These are two very different kinds of people.
The “One Piece” series, authored by Eiichiro Oda, has become a global phenomenon, with critical acclaim and record sales. In fact, there are 345 million issues loose in the world as we speak.
But, boy, is it daunting for the uninitiated. I first encountered “One Piece” in Adult Swim’s late-night Toonami programming block. There was a stretchy guy fighting a big-lipped bodybuilder in a church… or something… I think. Despite having no idea what was going on or any of the stakes involved, I lingered for a bit, then rubbed my chin reflectively and vowed to look into this “One Piece” thing. My first search revealed that there are currently 748 manga issues, 658 anime episodes, and 12 movies. Nope.
The “One Piece” anime has more intro themes than many shows have episodes.
Too daunting. I shut down right there. No
he world is a big place. Many explorers during the Age of Discovery first set out to the seas thinking that the world existed on a flat plane. Just 500 years ago, astronomers believed that the universerevolved around the Earth. Until recently, we thought we were the only planet in the entire universe with the capability to support life. As we march forward through time, our understanding of our place in society, our place in the world, and our place in the universe evolves. We discover that there is a lot more to the world than what we can perceive.
The same holds true in the world of Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece. When we first entered the world of One Piece back in July 1997, we had limited knowledge of what existed of the world beyond the East Blue. We had no idea what the journey ahead would look like. Over the last eighteen years the world has grown exponentially. We have visited lands untouched by man in eons, ancient cities in the sky, islands of fishmen and mermen 30,000 feet below the surface, communities of giants and little people, human beings with unimaginable powers, and a world seemingly thrown into constant meteorological and political chaos.
As we stand in the One Piece world
While the overall sales in manga are slowly declining in Japan, there is one notably strong on-going series: One Piece. The manga’s latest volumes, volume 64 and 65, have both sold over 4 million copies each in their first print run.
In 2010, volume 57 of One Piece sold a record-breaking 3 million copies in its first edition. That same year, volume 54 of Naruto sold 1.5 million copies and volume 27 of Full Metal Alchemist sold 1 million in their first printings. The above two are merely the outstanding mangas, as most do not even go above 1 million sales.
One Piece sold over 40 million copies total last year, which is roughly 6 percent of all manga sales in Japan. With the One Piece gallery exhibition going on in Tokyo, the series seems to show no sign of slowing down.
In fact, the series is so popular that there are professors who goes so far as to analyze the story and write a book on it. Professor Yasuda of the Kansai University believes that One Piece’s uniqueness lies in the characters’ strong bonds with each other—that One Piece’s Luffy emits a leadership that many
If in 2007, manga was like a foreign movie star who had arrived on American shores to make it big, the last four years have been like watching that star run out of roles, run out of money, sell their house, go into rehab, and end up barely limping along in infomercials.
Manga sales in America have dropped 43% since 2007, an even bigger drop than domestically produced comics and graphic novels, suggesting that more than the bad economy is to blame. A few doomsayers like Toren Smith had claimed for years that the market was headed for a bust since publishers were glutting the market with too much junk.
Maybe the reduction in the amount of anime shown on American TV from the heights of 2003-2005 was another factor; licensed shows like Sailor Moon, DBZ and Pokémon planted the seeds of fandom in millions of minds, but as American TV producers saw all the money they were making, they decided it was more profitable in the long run to create their own anime-esque TV series like Voltron Force and Speed Racer: The Next Generation, so they get all the rights
Let me close with a couple of related stories from the press. On March 26, the Asahi Daily News reported about how children and teens in Tohoku were starved and desperate for the newest issues of manga magazines. Small children, it was said, went home crying after not being able to buy Korokoro Comic. The most coveted magazine was of course Shōnen Jump, whose weekly per-print-run of 3.5 million is tops in the industry. It’s lead title, Oda Eiichirō’s pirate adventure One Piece, is also industry tops. And more, it is Japan’s all-time best-selling book. Its most recent volume (no. 63, released August 4) had a record first printing of 3.9 million. The previous high was 3.8 million, held by its own vols. 61 and 62, the latter released on May 4, the first since the earthquake. Apparently, paper could be had by those publishers able to sell it. According to the Asahi article, fans searched Tohoku high and wide to read the newest chapter of One Piece in the March 19 issue of Jump. To find a copy, one man drove from Sendai to Yamagata (over an hour by car when roads are clear and fuel plentiful),