For the nakama (One Piece fans) in Uncle Sam’s land, the long-awaited finally arrived. After receiving critical acclaim in Europe and Asia, the ONE PIECE Symphony will be performing for the first time in the US in July 2023.
There are 2 locations scheduled namely the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony in Dallas, then on July 14, 2023, at the prestigious Dolby Theater in Hollywood.
According to various sources, the show will feature a full orchestra on stage with the latest adventures of Luffy and his crew. This stage is likened to a movie concert projected onto a big screen.
The Los Angeles concert will also feature special appearances from composer Kohei Tanaka and singer Hiroshi Kitadani (We Are!, We Go!, OVER THE TOP). They will perform live with the orchestra and attend fan meeting sessions for VIP ticket holders.
Starting from the end of Dressrosa, the show will relive the most dramatic and intense moments from Whole Cake Island, Zou, and most of the Wano Land storylines!
“The ONE PIECE Music Symphony orchestra concert is the only official concert dedicated to the adventures of ONE PIECE. The video will sync perfectly with the anthology music projected onto a giant video screen,” they wrote in a statement.
More than 50 musicians were involved in the orchestra concert. Some of the song titles that will be played include We Are!, Sai sai saikyo!!!, Oitsumerareta, Binks no Sake, Unan to Ghanzho, Ougon to Oden, Katayoku no Taka, and many more.
The One Piece manga series is written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. The manga was originally published in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine on July 22, 1997, and was successfully published in bundles of 105 tankobon volumes as of March 2023.
Eichiro Oda’s Sacrifice for One Piece
One Piece is one of the manga that is loved and followed by many people around the world. It’s been more than 25 years since the manga was published and there have been more than 100 volumes and 1,000 chapters.
Of course, this is the result of the hard work of the creator, Eiichiro Oda. The 48-year-old mangaka also admitted that initially, he had no intention of making a very long story about the adventures of Luffy cs.
This was revealed in an interview with the creator of Detective Conan, Gosho Aoyama.
“To begin with, (I) don’t intend to go beyond 100 volumes. I’ve always wanted to end the (manga) series, but I also think about how much I still want to write and draw (there),” he said.
It was the passion and enthusiasm that turned out to make his health condition problematic due to lack of sleep. Through an upload on Facebook from the Daily Dose of Anime, it was stated that Oda used to sleep 3 hours a day and only started sleeping at 09.00 in the morning.
Not only that, Oda often forgot to eat when he was busy working on the One Piece manga, which resulted in diabetes. His habit of spending long periods in a sitting position while working on manga also gave him gout.
As a result, sometimes One Piece experiences delays in its release, as happened at the end of 2020. Ahead of the publication of Chapter 1,000, Oda admitted that he suddenly became ill, so he had to take a vacation for more than two weeks.
“ONE PIECE was scheduled to be published in weekly Shonen Jump magazine No. 44 (goes on sale on October 5) but will be postponed due to poor physical condition, writer suddenly ill,” tweeted Eiichiro Oda on his Twitter account @Eiichiro_Staff.
That sacrifice has paid off considering the various achievements and records scored by One Piece. The Oricon website has just announced data on 100 volumes of Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece compilation manga which have sold 1.17 million copies. This figure ranks first on the weekly comic chart for the period August 30 to September 5, 2021.
Since 2008, One Piece is the shonen (male reader) manga series that holds the title of the most sales volume. In second place is Attack on Titan with 34 volumes, and Naruto is in third place with 31 volumes.
One Piece is also the only shonen series that releases volumes regularly every year. As well as always being in the most popular charts in 14 years.
Eiichiro Oda published the One Piece manga series in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine on July 19, 1997. The 57th volume printed 3 million copies successfully and set a national industry record in March 2010. The 67th volume also printed 4.05 million copies and reached its most recent record in August 2011.
In 2012, One Piece won the 41st Japan Cartoonist Award and set a Guinness World Record in 2015 for the category of the most copies published for a comic series written by a single author.