The record held by Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece in Guinness World Records has received an update. The long-running manga series has generated even more copies when compared to the first time it received a world record in December 2014.
Hiroyuki Nakano, the editor-in-chief of Weekly Shonen Jump, displayed the new Guinness certificate on the official One Piece staff account on Twitter. It shows that there have been 416,566,000 copies of One Piece books circulated between December 1997 and July 2022.
Japanese press releases noted that the number contained in the certificate only counted the number of books published domestically in Japan. The Twitter account added that the manga series has over 500 million copies in print worldwide. That means around 84 million copies have circulated outside Japan.
In June 2022, Eiichiro Oda took a month-long hiatus from publishing new chapters. He wanted to recharge and prepare for the final arc of the long-running series. The hiatus did not dampen the popularity of the series, which resumed publication in the July 25, 2022 issue of Shonen Jump.
Besides the original manga, the anime and game adaptations of One Piece are also flourishing. The One Piece Film: Red movie will release in Japan on August 6, 2022, and in the West in Fall 2022. Meanwhile, Bandai Namco is working on One Piece Odyssey, an RPG that will appear on the PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, and PC in 2022.