AWA celebrates the 20th anniversary of the serialization of ONE PIECE with a dream collaboration

Beginning Monday, June 26th, 2017, AWA will be launching a collaboration with “ONE PIECE”, the definitive example of Japan's shonen manga genre. AWA will roll out a variety of projects in collaboration with ONE PIECE magazine, a long-form magazine that commemorates the 20th anniversary of ONE PIECE's serialization.

ONE PIECE magazine is a long-form magazine (known in Japan as a "mook," a portmanteau of "magazine" and "book") that commemorates the 20th anniversary of “ONE PIECE”'s serialization. It is set to be published over three consecutive months, beginning with Vol.1 on Friday, July 7th, 2017. In addition to brand new illustrations from Mr. Eiichiro Oda, the original author of ONE PIECE, the magazine will be packed with features that are sure to delight fans, including a long-form interview with Mr. Oda, as well as the serialization of ONE PIECE novel〝A〟, a novel that depicts half of the life story of Luffy's brother Ace.

As AWA launches this collaboration, a special website entitled ONE PIECE magazine meets AWA will be opened to the public on Monday, June 26, 2017. Additionally, a music list created by Mr. Oda, which will be published in the magazine, will also be released as an AWA playlist. This music list and playlist are put together by Mr. Oda himself, and consist of a large number of songs that the author has listened to in order to feed his imagination while writing. The playlist is scheduled to be released in three stages, coinciding with the three volumes of ONE PIECE magazine, which are to be released on: Friday, July 7th; Friday, August 4th; and Friday, September 1st, 2017.

Additionally, on the special ONE PIECE magazine meets AWA site, users will be able to create playlists with unique designs, using panels from “ONE PIECE”. Playlists that are released to the public will also be placed in a random drawing to win a special-edition poster that brings together the full-color opening illustrations drawn by Mr. Eiichiro Oda for ONE PIECE magazine.

•ONE PIECE Overview

Written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. Its serialization began in Weekly Shonen Jump's 34th issue of 1997 (released July 22nd, 1997), with the series reaching its 20th anniversary in 2017. Its first standalone volume as a comic book was released on December 24th, 1997. The series' 57th standalone volume, released on March 4th, 2010, set a record in the Japanese publishing industry for the number of first edition copies printed, at 3 million. With Volume 67, released on August 3rd, 2012, the series broke its own record, with a first edition run of 4.05 million copies printed. Over 350 million copies of the standalone comic have been printed in total in Japan between Volumes 1 and 85. The series has been published in over 42 countries and regions outside of Japan, with over 66 million copies printed. It has recognized by Guinness World Records® for The most copies published for the same comicbook series by a single author, with 320,866,000 copies (as of the end of December 2014). The animated TV series, which premiered in October 1999, currently airs every Sunday at 9:30 AM on the Fuji TV network.

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  ◆Franchise portal site, officially recognized by Eiichiro Oda: "ONE"
  ◆ONE PIECE Official Twitter Account(@Eiichiro_Staff)
  ◆ONE PIECE Official LINE Account(LINE ID @onepiece_official)

Franchise Outline
An epic adventure surrounding the search for a legendary treasure called the "One Piece." The series tells the tale of a young boy named Monkey D. Luffy, endowed with the special ability to stretch his body out like rubber after eating a mysterious fruit called the "Gum-Gum Fruit," who assembles a crew to form the "Straw Hat Pirates," with the aim of becoming King of the Pirates.

Eiichiro Oda Profile
Born January 1st, 1975 in Kumamoto, Kumamoto Prefecture. In 1992, while in high school, submitted his work WANTED! for the Shueisha-published Weekly Shonen Jump's 44th Tezuka Award, winning second prize. In 1993, won the 104th Hop Step Award for Ikki Yako. After that, had several non-seralized comics published in Jump magazines. ONE PIECE serialization began in 1997, and continues today.

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