Monkey D. Luffy’s side-quest-riddled journey to find the One Piece, and claim the title of Pirate King, will be coming to an end in five years, according to series creator Eiichiro Oda.
Spanning 98 manga volumes and 900 anime episodes, One Piece is the best-selling manga in history and one of the highest grossing media franchises of all time, and it was really starting to feel like Luffy was never going to find that elusive One Piece. Maybe he still won’t (what a twist), but One Piece will be coming to an end, either way, in five years.
Oda confirmed this in an interview with Japanese YouTube comedy group, Fischer’s (it’s in Japanese, but a helpful commenter translated). Oda both writes and illustrates the manga, which is over 80% complete by now, so he’s probably looking forward to a break.
One Piece is an entertaining series full of humour and heart, with some heavy doses of tragedy and drama mixed in amongst all the colour and absurdity. It’s a wild ride on the high seas and it’s nice to know it will have a proper, planned ending.