Shonen Jump Posts Entire Issue That Launched One Piece 18 Years Ago
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Shueisha's Shonen Jump+ digital manga app posted 1997's entire 34th issue (originally published in July 1997) of the Weekly Shonen Jump magazine for free on Tuesday. The move celebrates the recent Guiness World Record award of Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga. This issue of Weekly Shonen Jump is the same issue where Oda launched One Piece.
In addition, Shueisha also launched a new One Piece manga app that will publish all of One Piece's chapters for free. The app updates with a new chapter in color every day, starting from the manga's first chapter. Shueisha released the app on the Google Play store on Sunday, and on the Apple store on Monday.
The official website for Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga announced on Monday in Japan that the manga has set a Guinness World Record for "The most copies published for the same comic book series by a single author." As of the end of December 2014, the manga has 320,866,000 copies in print.
Other manga series that were running at the time in the 1997 34th issue of Weekly Shonen Jump include Nobuhiro Watsuki's Rurouni Kenshin (Jinchū arc), Hirohiko Araki's Jojo's Bizarre Adventure (Part V: Vento Aureo arc, chapter 514), Ryu Fujisaki's Hoshin Engi (adapted into the Soul Hunter TV anime in 1997), and Kazumata Oguri's Hanasaka Tenshi Ten-Ten-kun.