After the success of the live action adaptation of the series on Netflix released at the end of August, One Piece is now on everyone’s lips! Written and drawn by Eiichira Oda, this Japanese manga is the best-selling in the world with more than 510 million copies sold in total, including 38.2 million in France.
Launched in France in 2000 – in 1997 in Japan – the adventure of the boy in the “straw hat” has won over the whole world. Surveying the seas, Monkey D. Luffy searches, with his crew of broken arms, for the treasure “One Piece” in order to become the king of pirates. Between humor, epic fights and fantastic landscapes, this shonen manga – intended for a rather masculine and adolescent audience – has become a must-have in pop culture.
For the national release of volume 105, this Friday evening, Glénat, the publishing house, is creating an event worthy of the scale of the phenomenon: 487 points of sale in France, Belgium, Switzerland and Luxembourg will be open for the ‘occasion. This new volume is composed of Luffy’s Dream and of Sanji’s Food Wars, un spin-off du manga Food Wars with Sanji, the cook of the crew of One Piece.
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A site with a countdown, titled One Piece Night, was specially created for the occasion. Fans can find all the points of sale for their favorite manga thanks to geolocation. The previous edition took place last year for the previous volume and was a real success. “This manga is a blessing for booksellers,” confides an employee of the Gibert Jeune bookstore in Barbès, in the 18th arrondissement of Paris.
Animations et goodies
Activities will take place in partner bookstores from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m., when bookstores will be able to sell the precious album. Among these activities, fans will be able to take quizzes distributed by Glénat in all partner bookstores. The Traits d’Esprits bookstore, in the 5th arrondissement of Paris, which is expecting a lot of people this Friday evening, specifies that “goodies will be distributed, in addition to the online quiz on the Kahoot platform! “.
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To foil One Piece should continue the next day. “The youngest will come especially on Saturday because 9 p.m. is late for some of them,” explains a saleswoman from the Sanzot bookstore., in the 18th arrondissement of Paris.
A success that does not disappoint
If the majority of readers of One Piece are teenagers, many people in their thirties and forties have become fans, as bookstore manager Gibert Jeune notes. The series has never stopped and some readers continue to devour each volume of this unique universe for twenty-five years.
READ ALSO “Trillion Game”: an amazing manga between “Ocean’s Eleven” and “Elusive”A success linked to renewal and aesthetics, for the bookseller of Gibert Jeune: “Graphically unique in its kind, it knows how to renew itself in the graphics and the scenario,” he assures. The manager of the Traits d’Esprits bookstore believes, for her part, that “success comes from these colorful characters who disappear then return, the duration of the series allowing you to become attached to them. It is a very developed universe, which has an immense geography, worthy of Lord of the Rings “.
The manager of the Sanzot bookstore notes that “the figurines One Piece work much better than those from French heritage, like Bécassine, Asterix or Obélix. » This cult manga still has a bright future ahead of it!
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