Volume 100 celebration includes space project, Where’s Waldo crossover, more
Eiichiro Oda‘s One Piece manga has surpassed 490 million copies in circulation worldwide as of Monday. That includes over 400 million in Japan and 90 million in at least 57 countries and regions overseas.
The 490 million is for copies in circulation that are not necessarily all sold, and are not copies printed and sold. The number is not a sales statistic.
The manga is commemorating its 100th volume, which will ship on September 3, with several projects. One is the Kibo Discover Project, a collaboration between One Piece‘s publisher Shueisha, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and the interactive production company Bascule. This project will challenge people to spread hope throughout the world by venturing into space. (Kibō or “hope” is the name of a Japanese module of the…