If I were to tell you that the ending of the One Piece manga is on the not-so-distant horizon, would you actually believe me? Series creator Eiichiro Oda has mentioned progress many times in the past, and he did so again in a recent appearance on Fuji TV’s Honma dekka!? TV show. This time, however, Oda said One Piece is “near” its ending.
How near might that be? He went on to add that the manga will have “just over 100 volumes,” though he didn’t go into too much detail beyond that. He’s had the ending in mind since his college days, but he told host Sanma Akashiya he’d change it if a fan actually managed to guess it correctly in advance.
What are some of the common guesses for the ending? Some folks love thinking that the One Piece treasure itself refers to something like family bonds, but Oda was quick to shoot that idea down on the program. “No, I hate that kind of thing,” he said, adding, “That’s like the ending of The Wizard of Oz, which I watched when I was a kid. Adventuring that long, and having the adventure itself be the treasure, is really dissatisfying. Those kinds of stories are impossible. It feels like, ‘I’ve gone on this long adventure, so give me the treasure!'”
As longtime fans are quick to point out, this kind of statement from Oda can’t really be taken at face value. The volume ballpark is interesting, though. He says “just over 100,” which casts a pretty wide net. For those not keeping count, volume 91 just launched in Japan on December 4.