One Piece Voted Most Representative Manga of Heisei Era

posted on by Kim Morrissy

One Piece has been voted the most representative manga of the Heisei Era, according to users of the Japanese e-book vendor Book Live!

The Heisei era is the current period according to the traditional Japanese calendar, which is based on the reign period of the emperor. The Heisei period started on 8 January 1989, the day after the death of the Showa Emperor Hirohito, and is likely to end on 30 April 2019 (Heisei 31), the date which Emperor Akihito is expected to abdicate the Chrysanthemum Throne.

The Heisei era is popularly associated with "the Lost Decades", the years of economic stagnation following the rapid growth attained during the height of the Showa era.

5,653 users who had purchased at least one manga from Book Live! within the last year voted in the poll, which was carried out from November 16 to 18.

Users who voted for One Piece left comments such as "Even people who don't know this manga know this title" and "A masterpiece that children and adults can appreciate." The manga drawn by Eiichiro Oda first began serialization in 1997. The series has over 90 volumes and 320 million copies in print.

Book Live!'s top 10 list of "most representative manga of the Heisei Era" is as follows:

1) One Piece

2) Detective Conan

3) Dragon Ball

4) Chibi Maruko-chan

5) Attack on Titan

6) Fullmetal Alchemist

7) Naruto

8) Kingdom

9) Gintama

10) Neon Genesis Evangelion

Source: Anime! Anime!

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