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One Piece 1000th Chapter Celebration Has the Series Going All Out

one piece 1000th chapterToday marked a huge moment for Eiichiro Oda’s popular series, with the official arrival of the One Piece 1000th chapter milestone. Jump is celebrating in a bunch of different ways, including a campaign centered on a global character popularity poll and more.

That’s right, Shueisha wants everyone around the world to vote (once daily) on who they think the best One Piece character is, and you can do so through the One Piece 1000 logs website. Those who participate will even get a bonus random AR model of a character they can use for photos, with new characters added over the course of the campaign. Voting is open from now until February 28 at 6:59am Pacific Time.

This poll is such a grand endeavor that they even took out a full page color ad in The New York Times, which runs tomorrow.

© Eiichiro Oda/Shueisha

There’s also a special combined illustration when you place Shonen Jump 3/4 and Shonen Jump 5/6 side by side. Eiichiro Oda drew Luffy, and the other characters were all drawn by other Jump artists, from My Hero Academia‘s Kohei Horikoshi to JUJUTSU KAISEN‘s Gege Akutami.

© Eiichiro Oda/Shueisha

Both combined issues also have insert posters that come together to make one image, marking the largest poser insert in the magazine’s history.

one piece 1000th chapter© Eiichiro Oda/Shueisha

Here’s what Oda had to say about the accomplishment:

“1000 Chapters!!

I, uh, wow…Words pretty much fail to describe the whirlwind these past 23 years have been. Literally half of my life has revolved around the almighty ‘WEEKLY SERIALIZATION’ hehe. But it’s not just me, Luffy and the Strawhats have navigated themselves to so many different islands and found themselves caught up in so many adventures. At this point, even I’m not sure how many lives they’ve touched along the way! But it’s thanks to them that so many special people have entered my own life; first and foremost among them being my family. All of these people have supported me through the years and I am deeply indebted to each of them. Meanwhile, my readers have been leading their own bustling lives. There’s a certain theory that exists for long-term readership in the entertainment world that states, “A given pool of readers will rotate out of a series after five years.” And so for a while now, I’ve avoided calling my readers, ‘fans’. It’s like they say, “Pride cometh before a fall.” I convinced myself that I shouldn’t get too full of myself because my readers would eventually leave the series and move on with their lives. Let me say that all of you have put me to shame for thinking such a thing. Your belief in Luffy has led me to believe in all of you, and that is what allows me to continue drawing exactly the kind of manga I want to draw. So here we are, ready to dip our toes into the final stages of the story. It’s taken us a long time to reach one thousand chapters. However, it’s because I’ve completed a thousand chapters that you must believe I’ll take us to the end. The story waiting for you will defy expectations! I mean it!!

I have a favor to ask. This is for everyone with whom —by some means or another— I’ve managed to create a bond, in other words, the ONE PIECE FANS of the world! My story is a long one. But for just a while longer, please watch over Luffy and his crew as they continue their adventure!

January 2021 Eiichiro Oda”

The new slogan Shueisha came up with for the campaign is We Are One, and it’s on proper display in a new live-action promo celebrating the history of the series and the impact it’s had on fans since 1997.

Whether you’re all caught up or not, this is definitely a moment worth celebrating for One Piece fans.

Source: Press release