One Piece Chapter 1112 to release after a 3-week hiatus: but why?

manga covers before One Piece Chapter 1112 (left) and Oda (right)

One Piece is sailing into uncharted waters – a three-week hiatus for One Piece chapter 1112. Just as the Egghead Island arc reaches its thrilling climax, creator Eiichiro Oda has announced a delay, leaving fans eager for answers and the next chapter’s explosive events.

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One Piece Takes a 3-Week Hiatus Before One Piece Chapter 1112

This unexpected break throws a temporary wrench into the momentum of the story, prompting speculation about the reasons behind it. While Oda is known for occasional breaks, this extended pause has fans both excited and worried.

A three-week pause: What does the release schedule look like?

Kuma punches Saturn in One Piece manga
Kuma punches Saturn | Image via VIZ

One Piece fans are accustomed to Oda taking breaks, typically lasting a week. However, a three-week hiatus is a rare occurrence, raising questions about the motivation behind this extended pause. Here’s a breakdown of the key dates:

  1. Last Chapter Before Hiatus: One Piece Chapter 1111 (March 25, 2024)
  2. Return from Hiatus: One Piece Chapter 1112 (April 22, 2024)
  3. Post-Hiatus Chapter: One Piece Chapter 1113 (April 29th, 2024)
  4. WSJ Golden Week Break (May 6th)

This extended hiatus coincides with Japan’s Golden Week, a significant holiday period with consecutive national holidays. Weekly Shonen Jump, the magazine publishing One Piece, traditionally takes a break during this week (starting May 6th, 2024). While the hiatus overlaps with Golden Week, it extends beyond it, suggesting a deliberate decision by Oda.

What is the reason behind the 3-week hiatus?

a crying, relieved Robin before One Piece Chapter 1112
One Piece | Image via TMDB
  • The exact reason for the hiatus remains shrouded in mystery. Fans naturally worry about Oda’s health, especially considering past instances where eyesight issues led to a similar break in 2023. However, no official statements confirm health concerns.
  • Another possibility is that the break signifies a crucial turning point in the story. Perhaps Oda needs additional time to meticulously plan the aftermath of the events in Chapter 1111, which promises to be a major turning point for the Egghead Island arc. Some fans speculate it could even mark the arc’s conclusion, with the break serving as a period of reflection for Oda before embarking on the next narrative chapter.
  • Interestingly, some theories suggest the recent passing of Akira Toriyama, creator of Dragon Ball (also published in Weekly Shonen Jump), may have influenced the decision. The emotional impact of this loss could have prompted the magazine to grant Oda a period of rest.

Ultimately, the true reason behind the hiatus remains undisclosed. Hopefully, the coming weeks will shed light on this mystery.

Oda’s History with Breaks

The Straw Hats on One Piece Colored Manga Cover
One Piece Manga Cover | Image via VIZ

This isn’t the first time One Piece has encountered a hiatus around this time of year. In 2023, Oda took a three-week break to address his astigmatism through surgery. Similarly, in 2022, a three-week hiatus followed the conclusion of the Wano arc, allowing Oda a well-deserved break after delivering one of the series’ most intense storylines.

These past breaks highlight the immense pressure creators like Oda face when working within tight deadlines. The hiatus ensures Oda has the time and space necessary to maintain his creative vision and well-being.

The Road Ahead: Anticipation for Chapter 1111 and Beyond

The Gorosei in their Awakened Zoan Devil Fruits form in the One Piece Manga
The Five Elder in their Devil Fruits Forms | Image via VIZ

Fans are eagerly anticipating the release of Chapter 1111 before the break. The arrival of the Five Elders throws the future of Egghead Island into uncertainty. Luffy and the Straw Hats are poised for a monumental clash, potentially the biggest challenge they’ve faced yet. Chapter 1111 holds the promise of major revelations and a cliffhanger that will leave readers desperate for more.

The break will undoubtedly fuel speculation about the future of the story. Will the Egghead Island arc take an unexpected turn and conclude with Chapter 1112? What will be the fate of Vegapunk’s message? Will the Straw Hats escape the clutches of the Five Elders? I guess we’ll never know…on time.

Conclusion

While the three-week hiatus disrupts the momentum of the Egghead Island arc, it also serves as a reminder of the dedication and pressure creators face. Regardless of the reason, this break will undoubtedly benefit Oda, allowing him to return refreshed and ready to deliver an explosive continuation of the One Piece saga.

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