As part of the continuing effort to keep One Piece fans current with the Japanese releases, Viz Media has announced a boldly accelerated release schedule for the One Piece manga.
The manga, which has only been released through volume 21 in the American market, is already up to volume 55 in Japan. Starting in January next year, Viz will release five volumes of the One Piece manga each month to get fans up to speed, culminating in the release of One Piece volume 53 in June.
In addition, the January issue of Shonen Jump Magazine will leap forward and start the Impel Down saga, letting fans catch up with the latest and most exciting arc in One Piece's 12 year history!
To make sure that no one gets left behind in the flood of content coming next year, Viz plans to provide summaries of each grand saga on the official One Piece website, from East Blue to Thrillerbark and on.
Between Viz's efforts to bring One Piece readers the latest manga and FUNimation's One Piece simulcast every Saturday, One Piece fans have truly entered a great age of pirates!