5 One Piece Facts That Are Sure to Surprise You

Here are 5 One Piece facts that are sure to surprise you!

by Matthew Kevin Mitchell
Image: Toei Animation

One Piece is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. It has been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump since July 1997 and follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy and his crew, the Straw Hat Pirates, as they search for the mythical treasure known as the “One Piece” to become the next Pirate King. If being around for over 25 years is enough of an achievement, wait until you read about 5 One Piece facts that are sure to surprise you, or maybe not if you are a super fan!

Five Interesting Facts About One Piece That You Should Know

Image: Guinness World Records and Shueisha

Before watching Netflix’s live-action series, here are five interesting facts about One Piece that are sure to surprise you.

5. Origins

One Piece was first published in 1996 as two one-shot stories written by Oda. If you don’t know, a one-shot, called yomikiri in Japan, is a story that is told in its entirety without any continuation and is usually printed in a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly manga magazine.

4. Serialization

It began its serialized publication in 1997 and now encompasses 105 collected volumes of stories (and counting). Roughly three to four months after being published in Weekly Shonen Jump, One Piece chapters are compiled into tankōbon volumes. These volumes contain an average of ten chapters each, including new cover artwork, a question-and-answer column by the author, fan art galleries, and other bonus features.

3. Worldwide Success

The One Piece manga series has sold over 516 million copies across 61 countries. This large amount of sales has led to Oda being recognized for two Guinness World Record titles (more on that in Fact #2).

Related: One Piece: What is the One Piece?

2. Guinness World Record Titles

One Piece holds two Guinness World Record titles:

  • Most copies published for the same comic book series by a single author.
  • Most copies published for the same Manga series.

Oda received a second certificate of recognition from Guinness World Records for publishing 500 million copies of One Piece in 2023. However, he first achieved this record in 2014 after selling 320 million copies.

1. More Than Just a Manga Series

The global popularity of Oda’s mythology has since inspired the story to be adapted into an ongoing hit anime series with over 1,000 episodes over 20 seasons, 15 animated theatrical films, and various video games set within the world. As of this writing, there are over 1073 episodes, which would take 411 hours of watch time.

- This article was updated on September 7th, 2023

About The Author

Matthew Kevin Mitchell has been a contributing writer for Attack of the Fanboy and PC Invasion since 2022. Matthew primarily covers Manga like One Piece, horror movies like Scream, and survival horror games like Dead by Daylight. His favorite moment came during his first press event covering Scream 6 for AotF. He hails from Denver, Colorado, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from Regis University. When he isn’t scaring himself silly or writing, he loves to play ice hockey, spoil his dog, and drink an unhealthy amount of coffee.