‘One Piece’ Chapter 995 Delayed, New Release Date Revealed

All members of the Straw Hat Pirates gathers.
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One Piece manga continues to get intense. While the Nine Red Scabbards were preparing to fight Beast Pirates captain and Emperor Kaido in his human form, other interesting battles were also happening in Onigashima involving the Straw Hat Pirates and Queen the Plague’s Ice Onis as well as Yamato and Sasaki’s subordinates. Unfortunately for fans, they’ll need to wait a little longer to see what will happen next.

According to International Business Times, One Piece Chapter 995 won’t be coming out this week as the popular manga decided to take another break. The upcoming chapter will be officially available on November 15, 2020, while spoilers and leaks are expected to come out a few days earlier. The news isn’t very surprising to fans, especially those who have been following Eiichiro Oda’s creation since it started in 1997.

However, One Piece hiatuses became more frequent when the coronavirus spread in Japan. To slow down the increasing numbers of infected individuals, the Japanese government has enforced strict quarantine protocols that impacted several business sectors, including the manga and anime industries. Oda admitted that he’s not pleased with the current situation, but he promised to continue making new chapters while watching over his health.

Luffy, Zoro, and Sanji prepare to engage in an all-out brawl.
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Although there are still several days left before the release of One Piece Chapter 995, some fans have already started making predictions regarding what will happen next. Citing the hints given in the previous chapter, Nica Osorio of International Business Times predicted multiple deaths in One Piece Chapter 995.

“Kaido mentioned death being the completion of life and envied Whitebeard and Roger for dying in a glorious way. On the Skull Dome roof, Kin’emon said that there would be no honor dying in the battle against the Beasts Pirates’ captain, which could be a major death flag. Apart from those, the previous ‘One Piece’ chapter highlighted Yamato, who willingly defended Momonosuke and said that he would die to protect Oden’s heir. While it is unclear if this is a death flag, Kaido’s daughter did mention death.”

Queen’s Ice Onis could also contribute to the potential death toll in the upcoming chapter. The Beast Pirates All-Star revealed that anyone who is infected by the virus will be turned into mindless zombies and only has one hour to live. Though the Straw Hat Pirates are currently in pursuit of the antidote in the possession of On Air Pirates captain Scratchmen Apoo, it remains to be seen whether they can produce enough for every infected individual before their time runs out.