‘One Piece’ author Eiichiro Oda gives credit to Shichibukai for his Japanese manga’s 2-decade run

Monkey D. Luffy (One Piece/Facebook)

Monkey D. Luffy (One Piece/Facebook)

Written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda, “One Piece” has been serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump since July 22, 1997. In his recent column on the magazine, the author talked about the Japanese manga series’ longevity.

“One Piece” has been running for the past two decades continually because of the Shichibukai or the Seven Warlords of the Sea, Eiichiro wrote, as translated by Japan Today. The author revealed that the manga series was originally intended to be a tale of fighting against the Yonko or the Four Emperors ending after five years only.

However, Oda had a passing thought that it would be awesome to have the Seven Warlords of the Sea in the comic. Next thing he knew, it became a series that lasted for more than 20 years.

The Shichibukai is an organization of seven pirates who became privateers. They work for the World Government but they neither respect nor care about the Government except for Bartholomew Kuma.

Oda has confirmed that “One Piece” will eventually come to an end. But the official announcement of the last piece of the manga series has yet to be made.

Whether or not “One Piece” is ending soon, fans of the manga series do have something to look forward to as the manga series will have its live-action TV show adaptation in Hollywood.

The main characters of the TV show will not be played by an all-Japanese cast. Oda wanted the actors to play Monkey D. Luffy, Roronoa Roro, Usopp, Nami, Tony Tony Chopper, Vinsmoke Sanji, Nico Robin, Franky and Brook to be Brazilian, Japanese, African, Swedish, Canadian, French, Russian, American and Austrian, respectively, Comic Book has learned.

“Scream Queens” alum Jamie Lee Curtis is rumored to be in the cast. This was after she attended the Hollywood premiere of the Japanese animated fantasy action adventure film “One Piece Film: Gold” in January.

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