One Piece Announces Holiday Schedule Breaks

One Piece's creator, Eiichiro Oda, has been working almost non-stop on the story of the Straw Hat Pirates for over two decades, routinely releasing new chapters of the manga on a weekly basis. With the holiday season in full swing, it should come as no surprise that Oda is taking some time for himself, as the manga schedule has hit online and revealed when fans can expect new chapters to drop both this month and in January of 2023.

While the anime adaptation continues to focus on the War For Wano Arc, seeing the Straw Hat Pirates fight against the Beast Pirates in an effort to free the isolated nation, the manga is well into the "Final Arc" of the series. In recent chapters, Luffy and his crew have finally had the opportunity to come face-to-face with the mysterious Dr. Vegapunk, whose work has made him a target of the world government and is looking to catch a ride aboard the Thousand Sunny as a result. With this last storyline, it's clear that more than a few allies and enemies from the Straw Hats' past will be making a comeback.

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For the months of December and January, Eiichiro Oda is set to release chapters on the following schedule:

  • Chapter 1069 will release on Sunday, December 11th
  • Chapter 1070 will release on Sunday, December 25th
  • Chapter 1071 will release on Friday, January 6th
  • Chapter 1072 will release on Sunday, January 22nd

It might be a little while before we see the Final Arc begin in the anime adaptation, as the War For Wano has yet to depict one of the biggest moments of the battle, Luffy's ultimate transformation known as Gear Fifth. While this moment is sure to send ripples through the anime community, it actually wouldn't be the first time that we've seen the cartoonish transformation shown in animation, as we get a brief glimpse of the form in the latest One Piece film, One Piece: Red.

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Via New World Artur