One Piece Voice Actor Passes

81 year-old voice actor Takkou Ishimori, most known for playing One Pieces Sengoku, passed away last Wednesday morning.

The news was tweeted by fellow voice actor Nobuyuki Kobushi on Saturday. Kobushi mentioned that he “really… Wanted to act more and more together, and I wanted to learn a lot more from him…”.

Two Weeks Countdown to One Piece’s Oda Eiichiro’s Return

Fans of the high profile manga, One Pirece, are quite used to the hiatus but this time around it’ll be a longer wait. Oda Eiichiro, the renowned creator of One Piece, has taken a break due to his health. Earlier this year, Oda had been hospitalized due to peritonsillar abscess, a complication of tonsillitis.

The series is set to resume by June 10th and counting down the days on the calendar, it’ll be a two week wait more. The official announcement was made on Shonen Jump’s website. As for One Piece, Shonen Jump issues will continue to ship by May 27 to June 3 without any action scenes from Monkey D Luffy.

While Japanese fans have June 10th to wait for, western shores will have a taste of Oda Eiichiro’s animation with the debut of One Piece on Cartoon Network. Monkey D Luffy and his gang are set to hit Toonami’s line-up. The show had already garnered a whopping 995,000 views. Hopefully, One Piece on Toonami is set to bring in more anime to the small-screen.

One Piece to Open Osaka Exhibition in November

Earlier this year Eiichiro Oda celebrated his success of manga illustration over the span of 15 years by, showcasing his original illustrations at the "One Piece Exhibition." Due to popularity of the event hosted in Tokyo, organisers are adding another event in Osaka.

Below are two commercials promoting the event. Attendees will be able to catch full previews of Oda sketching his famous manga characters step-by-step.

(November 24 – February 17)