Monkey D. Luffy, protagonist of the popular Japanese manga series “One Piece,” aspires to be the king of the pirates, and now the manga’s creator, Eiichiro Oda, is king of the comics.

 

Comic parody of Michael Luffy in "One Piece"

Michael Luffy, protagonist of “One Piece” (animenewszone.com)

On June 15, a ceremony was held in Tokyo to present an award to Oda for breaking the Guinness World Record for the category of “The most copies published for the same comic book series by a single author.”

 

Since its debut in 1997, the ongoing series has printed over 320 million copies worldwide. Akira Toriyama was the previous record holder with his series “Dragon Ball.”

 

Oda didn’t attend his own ceremony, but Weekly Shonen Jump editor, Yoshihisa Heishi, was able to accept the reward on his behalf. The new record holder made a humbling statement on his latest achievement after missing the event in his honor.

 

“Manga is just entertainment that kills time, but I feel happy when my readers tell me that they have made friends or got a sweetheart by talking about ‘One Piece,’” said Oda.

 

After 18 years of working on the series, Oda’s “One Piece” child has officially hit adulthood, but he has no plans to let his manga offspring go just yet. “I will continue to draw a work that will not shame this record,” said Oda.

 

Fans of the series can feel comfortable knowing that they will still be able to follow the weekly adventures of their favorite pirate crew. It is unknown when “One Piece” will come to an end, but when it does, it’s still going to be difficult for a comic to beat the mangas record breaking numbers.

 

Now that “One Piece” has broken a world record, will the series gain an even larger fan base? Leave a comment or talk to me on Twitter @Karbowski_Devon.