The One Piece end is coming…eventually.
One Piece is one of the longest ongoing manga series of all-time. If nothing else, it’s certainly one of the more ambitious tales, as it gives us one long, continuous story over the course of decades. The overall goal of the series is simple. We follow Monkey D. Luffy as he worked toward his goal of finding the One Piece treasure and becoming King of the Pirates. Who would have thought we’d still be on this journey 23 years later? And yet, its length was inevitable.
After all, how can you gain such a title like King of the Pirates without it taking a long time? Around 10-13 years into this story, it became clear that this would be a long-running series, and jokes started to develop that it would never end. And, as long as it’s been since we hit the halfway point that was Marineford, it does feel like we are heading toward a real endgame here.
It’s no coincidence that a recent ad in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in Japan teased that One Piece was “headed toward the upcoming final arc.” I can feel my gut clenching at this prospect already. I’ve been a fan of One Piece for well over 15 years. Throughout the numerous changes in my life, One Piece has been a mainstay, so the idea of it ending is a little bit jarring.
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But this isn’t the first we’ve heard of this. As ANN noted, last September, Oda indicated that he wanted the series to last five more years. Given how long arcs like Dressrosa have lasted in the past, four to five more years does seem plausible for a couple more arcs. This includes the conclusion of the ambitious Wano arc, which we seem to be nearing the climax for. Given that this arc sees the Straw Hats going up against two other Five Emperors of the Sea (of which he is a member), it does set the stage for a grand finish.
By its conclusion, with two of the Five Emperors gone, the stage seems set for the final clash between him, Blackbeard, and the World Government will make for quite the finale. So long as author Eiichiro Oda keeps his eyes focused on that and doesn’t get caught up in any sidequests, I do see the end drawing near.
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SOURCE: Shonen Jump (via ANN)