Along with the announcement that Funimation would begin streaming the One Piece anime simultaneously with the Japanese showing, waaaaayyyy down at the bottom of the announcement, tucked in the About One Piece section, it was also announced that the US edition of Shonen Jump would start running the manga in line with the Japanese releases. Just like Naruto.
Huh? How are they going to do that?
Naruto‘s catching up seems to be doing well for Viz and Shueisha, if the Japanese publisher has agreed to this. But, Naruto took two years and a mass release of 22 volumes in order to get caught up with the Japanese releases. One Piece, which missed it’s bus thanks to 4Kids raping it and it taking a few years for Funimation to do a proper anime release of it, has a lot further to go. Volume 53 was just published in Japan, and volume 21 will be released here in June. That’s a 32 volume jump. And Viz plans to have the new chapters start in Shonen Jump in the fall of this year!
There is no way they will be able to publish and sell 32 One Piece volumes! Not unless they plan to release nothing else! Or are they going to release a special volume of Shonen Jump to “catch up” to the current chapters? I just don’t see any way they can do this in a minmum of 4 months. Even going with a BIG format, that 11 of those to get out.
While I love One Piece, and I’m all for catching manga up to current releases in Japan, this is just insane! This is not the way to stop scanalations, because there is NO WAY a normal person could catch up to this. Not with this economy, and especially not in California! I thought Viz was nuts to do another Naruto wave in February. I’ve can’t wait to see how they think they are going to manage this.