One Piece Manga Goes on Hiatus as Oda Mourns Toriyama

    Oda will think about 'what One Piece actually is.'

    One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda is putting the manga series on hiatus for three weeks as he mourns the passing of Akira Toriyama and “undergoes maintenance.” The hiatus will be in effect with the release of the April 1-due issue of Weekly Shonen Jump. 

    Toriyama passed away on March 1 from an acute subdural hematoma. The news was made public on March 7, shocking the entire world, including successful manga artists and authors inspired by Toriyama’s work. Oda, Dragon Quest creator Yuji Horii, and Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto were especially devastated by his passing.

    One Piece Manga Enters a Three-Week Hiatus

    In a new message shared by the official One Piece Twitter account, Oda explains that the death of Toriyama made him think that many people were worried about his own wellbeing. Oda confirms that he’s not ill, but he plans to undergo “maintenance” on himself and mourn Toriyama’s passing. The One Piece manga will go on hiatus from the April 1 issue of Weekly Shonen Jump to the April 22-due issue. During the hiatus, Oda will take time to think about “what One Piece actually is.” 

    The One Piece anime is unaffected by the manga’s hiatus. New episodes of One Piece air on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. JST on Fuji TV in Japan. Crunchyroll is simulcasting the One Piece anime on Saturdays at around 10:00 p.m. EDT with Japanese audio and English, Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese subtitles. Moreover, Crunchyroll periodically releases batches of episodes with the English dub.

    The upcoming Dragon Ball Daima series is the last major anime work that Toriyama was involved in before his untimely passing. Goku, Vegeta, Supreme Kai, and the rest of the iconic crew are turned into children, prompting them to embark on a new adventure. The new anime will air on Fuji TV this fall, just like the original Dragon Ball anime 40 years ago. 

    Soul Kiwami
    Soul Kiwami
    Raul Ochoa, a.k.a. Soul Kiwami, is the Managing Editor of Final Weapon and a Games Writer at Game Rant with four years of writing and editing experience. Raul is passionate about the Japanese gaming industry, and he's a huge fan of Nintendo Switch, PC hardware, JRPGs, and fighting games. business email: [email protected] | Muck Rack:

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