One of the most popular anime and manga franchises running today is Eiichiro Oda's One Piece. Not only does the series continue to dominate book and anime sales, but the anime has been running for a strong 20 years. Toei Animation has been celebrating the occasion with a brand new film, One Piece: Stampede, and a new anime special adapting a prototype of the series before it began, One Piece: Romance Dawn, but fans have yet to have a special celebration of their own. With One Piece officially turning 20 years old in Japan, fans have been sending along their well wishes.
Toei Animation officially debuted One Piece's very first episode on October 20th, 1999 in Japan, and it's been a long road since then. With fan-favorite arcs like Alabasta, Enies Lobby, Water Seven, Skypiea, and major sagas like the Summit War, there have been tons of memorable moments throughout its run.
There's the addition of each new Straw Hat, the time jump, Luffy's battle through Impel Down, Luffy's debut of Gear Second, Third, and Fourth, the fight between Luffy and Katakuri in the Mirro-World, and the Wano Country arc is promising many more huge moments to come to the anime.
On this day 20 years ago, the One Piece TV anime premiered on Fuji TV
Happy 20th Anniversary to the One Piece anime and the hardworking staff, including those that have come and gone, who make this series happen every week! pic.twitter.com/HH11id8xH2— Skippy (@SkippyTheRobot) October 19, 2019
Today, October 20th, Episode 1 of the One Piece anime turns 20 years old! The series has run for two whole decades without every stopping during any season, only having occasional breaks during certain weeks. Here's to one of the longest and greatest running anime!#OnePiece20 pic.twitter.com/miKkdHj9pp— Artur - Library of Ohara (@newworldartur) October 19, 2019
Happy 20th Anniversary One Piece!!! A true testament to the greatness of Oda Sensei to have achieved such success and continue to thrive World Wide an unbelievable 20 years later! From all of us in the One Piece community, Thank You Oda, Toei, Shuiesha, Fuji & Funimation! pic.twitter.com/mQ8qYPYhl2— Thousand Sunny (@SHPSunny) October 19, 2019
20 years ago today, the first episode of One Piece aired! I still remember when I was first introduced to Luffy like it was yesterday. I’m glad to have the chance to go along with him on his journey to become King of the Pirates 🏴☠️ pic.twitter.com/X2kLBPZBMi— Spooky Kuzan 🎃 (@IcedOutAdmiral) October 19, 2019
It's the 20th Anniversary of the One Piece anime today in Japan, and if you're already familiar with what I have to say about anniversaries on Twitter, I take way too long trying to say something ernest and from the heart.
Wooo, 20 years! pic.twitter.com/NoyQojgrsf— 💀Everything is STEVIL💀 (@SteveYurko) October 19, 2019
20 YEARS OF THE GREATEST ANIME
20 YEARS THAT MADE US ALL COME TOGETHER
20 YEARS OF HAPPINESS SORROW AND SATISFACTION
20 YEARS OF LOVE
20 YEARS OF ONE PIECE ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/G9K8lx5iSX— 🍁HASSAN 🍁 FALL IS MATING SEASON (@hassan_sdk) October 19, 2019
Today is 20th October. 20 years ago, on 20th Oct 1999, the first-ever episode of #OnePiece TV anime premiered on Fuji TV in Japan.— ワノ国 | WANO 🎴🌊🗻🌸⛩️🏴☠️ (@NoxDRaz) October 19, 2019
Happy 20th Anniversary to the @OnePieceAnime and the hardworking @toeianime_info and all the staff.
Thank you! @Eiichiro_Staff @OPcom_info pic.twitter.com/BbYfsbqUXe