One Piece, one of the longest running manga series in Weekly Shonen Jump (18 years to be exact) might have an ending planned out according to its current editor.

The manga which debuted on comic anthology Weekly Shonen Jump back in 19 July 1997 just celebrated its 18th anniversary. During a radio interview at Tokyo radio broadcaster J-Wave’s Gold Rush, Taku Sugita, the editor of the manga said that mangaka Eiichiro Oda has already mapped out the ending. Sugita is pretty confident that he can predict which chapter the story will finally end. Sugita-san is the eighth editor of the series which reflects just how long run the manga has been running.

Cover for the first volume
Cover for the first volume

When he was asked how many more volumes it will take, Sugita gave an educated guess saying it’ll be around another 60 volumes as Oda said the story was about half-done. Currently, Shueisha has just published the 78th tankubon volume this month so that means we can expect the manga to end around the 138th or 139th volume.

Base on our calculations, with Shueisha cranking out four tankubon volumes a year on average, this means it will take another 10 before we’ll see the end of Luffy and his pirate friends’ adventures. That’s pretty great for fans of the manga/anime and hopefully, we still won’t be sick of them come 10 years on.

Source:  J-Wave News & Gadget Tsushin

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