One Piece has made it into the record books as Eiichiro Oda’s classic shounen manga about the straw hat pirates has now entered the Guinness Book of World Records by setting the world record for the “Most Copies of a Comic Book done by a Single Author”.
As of December 2014. the manga has over 320,866,000 copies printed in over 30 different countries and has been translated in several different languages. Not bad eh? Manga creator, Eiichiro Oda made a comment about his Guinness win.
“Thank You for this Guinness World Record certification. Mangas are an amusing way to kill time, but when I receive reports on people making friends or finding a ‘sweetheart’ through One Piece, I become really happy. I feel that this record can bring the same number of people together as well. I will not forget the people who came before me in the manga industry, the colleagues I work with, my readers, and from now on, I will continue to draw and work so I would not shame this record”
Oda however, was not present during the awarding ceremony. However, his editor, Yoshihisa Heishi, came on his behalf, together with some One Piece cosplayers of course!
Eiichiro Oda has started One Piece back in 1997 and is still being serialized inside the pages of Weekly Shounen Jump!. The manga series is a constant denizen of the Top 3 Weekly Oricon charts in japan and have made the New York Times bestseller list, and it has even topped it a few times already