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One Piece Manga Takes Month Off for Eiichiro Oda’s Eye Surgery

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If you’re behind on the One Piece manga, you have some more time to catch up, and if you’re current you’ll need to wait a bit because the series is about to go on a one-month hiatus. According to the official Twitter account for the manga’s staff, author Eiichiro Oda will be undergoing eye surgery to fix his worsening vision, so he’s aiming to have it fixed and come back better than ever. 

Following the next chapter’s release, One Piece will be on break until this year’s 32nd issue of Weekly Shonen Jump, which launches in Japan on July 18. 

Oda started by saying he’s undergoing eye surgery to “make beams come out of [his] eyes” like Franky. He then went on to more seriously add that his eyes have been getting worse lately, and the blurriness has been interfering with his work, so he spoke with the Editor-in-Chief and got approved for leave to “come back with better eyesight and to be able to beam!”

VIZ Media publishes the One Piece manga in English and releases weekly chapters through the Shonen Jump app, describing the series like so: 

As a child, Monkey D. Luffy was inspired to become a pirate by listening to the tales of the buccaneer “Red-Haired” Shanks. But his life changed when Luffy accidentally ate the Gum-Gum Devil Fruit and gained the power to stretch like rubber…at the cost of never being able to swim again! Years later, still vowing to become the king of the pirates, Luffy sets out on his adventure…one guy alone in a rowboat, in search of the legendary “One Piece,” said to be the greatest treasure in the world…

The anime also recently took a two-week break earlier this year. 

Source: Eiichiro Oda staff on Twitter via Crunchyroll News