One Piece Wano Arc will soon reach its climax as the Straw Hat Pirates alliance led by Monkey D. Luffy and the Nine Red Scabbards is soon expected to engage in an all-out war against the combined forces of Beast Pirates captain and Emperor Kaido and Shogun Kurozumi Orochi. Unfortunately, fans will need to wait a little longer to see what will happen next in the One Piece manga. As mentioned at the end of One Piece Chapter 984, which is currently available at Viz, the popular manga will be taking a one week break.
According to EconoTimes, One Piece Chapter 985 is expected to be officially available on July 19, 2020, while spoilers are set come out a few days earlier.
“There is another break before the release of ‘One Piece’ chapter 985, so it will not be released until Sunday, July 19 (effectively July 20 in some regions). There were also reports that the Weekly Shonen Jump that carries ‘One Piece’chapter 985 will be a double issue. That means another break will be enforced after its release.”
One Piece fans are no longer new to hiatus. However, the delay of the release of One Piece manga became more frequent when the coronavirus spread in Japan. To slow down the spread of the disease, the Japanese government enforced strict quarantine protocols that affected several businesses, including the manga and anime industry. One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda admitted that he was frustrated with the current situation, but he said that they would continue making new chapters while staying healthy.
Oda still hasn’t given any information when and how One Piece manga is going to end, but the ongoing arc is starting to get more thrilling and exciting. The latest chapter of the One Piece manga featured the members of the Straw Hat Pirates alliance getting in their respective positions. Nico Robin, Jinbe, and Cyborg Franky of the Straw Hat Pirates and the group of samurai led by former Yakuza boss Hyogoro of the Flower have safely reached the banquet hall where Shogun Orochi is planning to execute Kozuki Momonosuke. Meanwhile, though they are yet to unite as a group, all the members of the Nine Red Scabbards were already in Onigashima.
While Kinemon and Kyoshiro were leading separate groups that would infiltrate the eastern and western sides of the Beast Pirates’ headquarters, the remaining members of the Nine Red Scabbards – Raizo, Kiku, Inuarashi, Kawamatsu the Kappa, Ashura Doji, and Nekomamushi – had already landed in the rear entrance of Onigashima. Raizo, Kiku, Inuarashi, Kawamatsu, and Ashura Doji arrived with Trafalgar D. Water Law and the Heart Pirates, while Nekomamushi brought the Guardians and the two former division commanders of the Whitebeard Pirates, Marco the Phoenix and Izo, with him.
With most of the members of the Straw Hat Pirates alliance already in their respective positions, it will only be a matter of time before an all-out war breaks out in the Land of Wano. Meanwhile, though they are already aware of the presence of the Straw Hat Pirates alliance in Onigashima, Emperor Kaido and the Beast Pirates don’t seem to be worried at all. One Piece Chapter 984 featured Emperor Kaido, Beast Pirates All-Star Jack the Drought, Beast Pirates All-Star King the Wildfire, and Beast Pirates All-Star Queen the Plague appearing in front of their subordinates at the banquet hall.
To liven up the execution of Momonosuke, Emperor Kaido revealed that they are planning to make a huge announcement about the “New Onigashima” project. One Piece Chapter 985 is expected to give more details about the “New Onigashima” project and its connection to Big Mom Pirates captain and Emperor Charlotte Linlin and Emperor Kaido’s daughter, Yamato.