- One Piece is likely to end around 2030, considering current story progression and remaining arcs.
- The series' complex plot, Eiichiro Oda's commitment to quality, and his health issues contribute to the delay.
- Several arcs remain, including Elbaf and Laugh Tale, leading to an extended series duration.
Known for running for 26 years, One Piece has been delivering an outstanding story for decades. Despite its greatness, it is tough to keep up with this masterpiece. We can’t help but wonder how Toei Animation and Eiichiro Oda consistently maintain the quality over hundreds of episodes.
Recently, the anime received Crunchyroll Anime Awards for the Best Continuing Series. However, fans are always eager to discover when Eiichiro Oda’s mesmerizing anime, One Piece, will end. This article will answer your burning question, along with discussing some of the major factors that are delaying this masterpiece.
Before we get into all the details, make sure to read our article on One Piece and the Top 20 Plot Twists That Left Fans Stunned!
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When Will One Piece Finally End?
We know that every One Piece fan out there wants to know when Oda is ending his two-decade-long-running story. The answer is pretty obvious. Eiichiro Oda would likely want to end this story sooner rather than prolong it more.
The current pace of his work shows this dedication, where he is tying up the massive web of plot threads in his story to make it all proceed toward its conclusion. There is a high chance that we will be seeing this happening quite often from now on.
To give you a specific, we can say that One Piece will likely end in the year 2030 or closer to that. If you consider all the leftover arcs in the story, this is the accurate timing when this beloved story will likely reach its conclusion.
If the Elbaf arc lasts for up to 3 years, then we are left with the final war and then the Straw Hats’ journey to Laugh Tale. Other elements that will take time are the actual true history of the One Piece world, and it will be a detailed work for the production.
It is safe to say that One Piece will continue for 5 more years after the conclusion of the current Egghead arc, wrapping around 2029 or in 2030. However, there is a bombastic rumor that it might end in 2027 because Oda wants to end it on One Piece’s 30th anniversary.
We honestly think it’s a lot of commitment and courage from the fans of One Piece to wait this long for your favorite anime or manga chapters.
What Factors are Delaying the Ending of One Piece?
1. The Complex Story of One Piece
Multiple factors have made One Piece consume more time. However, one of the most prominent ones is the complexity of the story. Assuming that each arc of One Piece consists of an average of 100 chapters, this would make the Final Saga wrap up in 1200 to 1300 chapters. It could go up to 1500, given the fact that the Final Saga is meant to answer all the burning questions and uncover all the mysteries surrounding the One Piece universe.
Looking at the history, the Wano Country arc is the longest saga in the anime, and it has around 149 chapters. This means the Final Saga would require an extra 200 chapters to cover everything fans have been asking for all these years.
Considering the production, 200 chapters would take nearly four years due to the weekly release schedule. And if the manga chapter takes this long, then keep in mind the time it will take for the anime to reach our screens, which could be more or nearly 4 years. (DAMN!!!)
2. Eiichiro Oda’s Commitment to Quality
Eiichiro Oda, an author who made his work reach millions of people over two decades, is known for his dedication. He is committed to offering quality when it comes to the different arcs of the manga. This 49-year-old is known for spending considerable time on each of his chapters, keeping high standards in mind.
Moreover, each chapter or episode must align with Oda’s vision for the story. The story must seem artistic, compelling, and enjoyable to its viewers. This dedication to providing quality work, attention to detail, and integrity of the whole franchise can naturally lead to a slower production pace.
It might seem a lot to fans sometimes, but Oda’s commitment to quality over speed ensures that the final product never disappoints his audience. Oda has mentioned that he does not want to finish a story in a way where it feels like he’s disrespecting his audience. Which speaks for itself!
3. Eiichiro Oda’s Health
As we mentioned earlier, Oda is stepping into his 50s soon. So it is evident that his working pace is affected by his age. When Oda was younger, his delays or the manga hiatus never bothered fans. But now, if we see a hiatus, we automatically suspect that it might be linked to his health.
Moreover, for the past 20 years, Oda has been working with minimal breaks. As he enters his 50s, it will be extremely challenging for him to maintain that similar work discipline. One Piece fans have seen other prominent examples of authors working to their limits with minimal breaks.
These authors developed health issues and were gone too soon. Kentaro Miura of Berserk lost his life when he was 54 years old, and the manga is still unfinished. Unfortunately, fans will never be able to see his version of the ending.
We really hope fans of One Piece get to see the ending in the presence of Oda’s artistic capabilities. If you are a fan of Berserk read our article on The Beauty of Berserk’s Griffith & How Design Dictates Acumen!
4. It Has Too Much To Cover
The story of One Piece will consist of several arcs, but there are plenty of islands that the Straw Hat crew hasn’t explored yet. The current Egghead arc started on January 7, and it is certainly not the last arc. The next arc will be Elbaf, the island of the giants, which is expected to be lengthy, similar to the Wano Arc.
Fans are eager to watch the Elbaf arc due to the immense effort Oda has put into that particular arc. But then again, it will not be the last arc. Fans have to wait for the final island, Laugh Tale, where they claim the One Piece, then expect to have the Great War on screen, and lastly, the Grand Fleet to overthrow the World Government. (Seems like a lot, right?)
It is expected that the Great War could reach the Straw Hats before they reach the Final Island. But if Oda wants it to happen before that, we can expect it to reach our screens earlier. Not to forget, there are numerous fillers, and those will most probably cover the smaller islands along the way.
Then, we have to wait for the Post-Great War arc, which in itself is a lengthy saga. But yes, all these arcs are the reasons the manga takes a long time for the artist to draw and for the production house to animate.
To be honest, we as fans of this artistic piece, cannot give you any confirmed date or year of when One Piece will finally end. There is no doubt that One Piece is one of the greatest anime and it has never disappointed its fans.
From adapting to the latest animation to adding new and interesting elements to the story, One Piece has done it all. It is safe to say that fans will get to enjoy the adventures of Luffy. Episode filled with excitement, for at least the next 3 to 5 years, and maybe more.
Despite its length, fans will be waiting patiently to see it all and witness Luffy becoming the Pirate King. While you patiently wait for One Piece, read our latest article on Tokyo Revengers Season 2 and Why It Failed Our Expectations?