"One Piece" creator Eiichiro Oda drops the information in an interview on July 20, Wednesday, that the manga series is done by 65 percent.
An interview with Oda was printed by the second issue of the "Dai One Piece Shimbun" promotional publication, in which he tells the public that the storyline of the most popular manga of all time is finished at around 65 percent, according to The Anime News Network. He also said in the same interview that he doesn't plan to work on any long Manga series anymore other than "One Piece."
Four years ago, in an issue of the One Piece Shimbun in 2012, Oda stated that he had finished 60 percent of the storyline of the series, which gives us a five percent progress for four years. At this rate, we should expect the series to continue for several more years before it reaches its conclusion.
In an article published by Crunchyroll, if Oda continues to write at his current pace, we should expect 13 more years from the series before its completion. This gives us a long time to enjoy the series more and a total of 32 years since the Manga series had started to be published.
Oda started the series in July 19, 1997, and the Japanese series now has 82 volumes to date. If we take the calculation into consideration as to when the series will end, we still have until 2029.
Apart from this revelation, the mysterious author has also made a public appearance in Japanese TV for the first time this month as well, but with his face hidden from the camera. He had appeared in public to promote his upcoming film, "One Piece Film: Gold" on Fuji TV. In addition to this, he was also given a soccer jersey from Shinji Kagawa, and was asked to sketch Luffy to prove his identity.
With these recent revelations, we now have more information about what the pace of the series will be and the things Oda has in store for us. The life span of "One Piece" is currently on its third quarter, but we still have a lot to look forward to.