20 years after the Japanese cartoon sequence One Piece launched the world to a swashbuckling pirate in a straw hat, anime followers are awaiting this weekend’s launch of the 1,000th episode.
One Piece first appeared in manga (comedian guide) kind in Japan in 1997, with an anime (animated TV sequence) model following two years later.
Since then the franchise has turn out to be a world cultural phenomenon, smashing information and successful followers across the globe. Nonetheless, it wasn’t a right away hit.
“It’s a miracle,” Ryuji Kochi of Toei Animation, the Japanese firm behind the anime sequence, stated of the 1,000-episode landmark. “From the start, it was a tricky title. It was not simple to position on the TV,” he stated, including that making a fanbase for the present was not simple both.
Kochi stated it had taken 13 years for the anime, following the adventures of hat-wearing hero Monkey D Luffy, to achieve cult standing. In the present day, nonetheless, tons of of tens of millions of followers tune in to observe the hunt for the eponymous One Piece, the treasure coveted by all pirates. The recognition of the manga model has additionally endured alongside the TV present.
Its creator, Eiichiro Oda, holds the Guinness world document for “most copies printed for a similar comedian guide sequence by a single writer” – 490 million. The 1,000th episode of the anime sequence can be launched in 80 international locations over the weekend.
In Tokyo, a large banner of the primary characters has been erected at Shibuya station, one of many Japanese capital’s major transport hubs.
Particular screenings are deliberate throughout the US, whereas in France – the world’s greatest manga and anime market after Japan – greater than 100 cinemas are planning a marathon watching binge.
French fan Alexis Poriel, who runs a manga fan group on on-line platform Discord, stated the broad scope of One Piece was a key purpose for its recognition.
“It talks about social points, there’s motion, there’s humour,” the 26-year-old stated. “One Piece manages to actually make a hyperlink with societal questions,” he added, from racism to geopolitical intrigues.
A live-action adaptation by Netflix is within the works, with followers speculating that it might catapult the franchise to world family title standing much like Star Wars or Harry Potter.
Netflix introduced the forged earlier this month, with 18-year-old Mexican actor Iñaki Godoy making ready to tackle the function of Luffy.