Chopperman Manga Ends, But a New One Piece Spinoff Will Start
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Hirofumi Takei is ending his One Piece spinoff manga Chopperman in the February 2014 issue of Shueisha's Saikyō Jump magazine on January 4. However, the magazine announced that a new manga based on Eiichiro Oda's original One Piece series is in the works. The magazine is also promoting next year's live-action Universal Studios Japan Premiere Show, which will let fans "meet Ace again." Shueisha is holding a design contest for the shirt that will be offered when the One Piece art exhibition heads to Taiwan.
Takei launched Chopperman in the inaugural issue of Saikyō Jump on December 3, 2010. The fourth compiled volume shipped on November 1. It was part of the initial lineup of manga inspired by popular series that run in Shueisha's main Weekly Shonen Jump magazine.
Eiichiro Oda's One Piece pirate manga has 345 million copies in print worldwide. Shueisha announced in October that as of the manga's 72nd volume, which shipped in Japan on November 1, the manga has 300 million copies in print in Japan alone. One Piece has been published in more than 25 countries worldwide.