An artist has compiled the 21,450 pages of Eiichiro Oda’s beloved A play manga into one massive mega-volume.
As detailed on Kotaku, this book was created by Ilan Manouach, a creative who specializes in works that comment on the post-digital comic book era. The entire book, named “OnePiece”, is over three feet long and weighs 38 pounds, making it nearly impossible to put on a table and read. According to a Google translation of Manouach’s website, “OnePiece can only be thought of as an materialization of the media-saturated digital ecosystem of digital comics. ‘OnePiece’ only exists as an object of pure speculation .”
Although “OnePiece” is not designed to be read, the entire length of the book is encased in a colorful collage of classic moments from the A play manga. Manouach exhibited the work to the public at the Fiminco Foundation in Paris, France, during the Multiple Art Days fair, but it was also made available for purchase from JBE Books, the French publisher that supported the project. It was listed on the JBE Book website for 1,900 francs (about $1,976 at the time of writing). The project was produced in limited numbers and the work is currently out of print.
In addition to their artistic pursuits, Manouach is also known for his work on Shapereader, a tactile and visual storytelling system designed to help people with visual impairments. According to a description of the project on Manouach’s website, “Shapereader brings semantic cognition to the reader’s fingertips, providing haptic (touchable) equivalents for all semantic features of a comic’s narrative.”
The A play franchise recently saw the release of its 15th film, One Piece Movie: Red, which hit theaters in Japan on August 6. The plot of the film revolves around a world-famous diva named Uta who also happens to be the daughter of red-haired Shanks, the pirate who inspired Luffy to embark on his journey. Red is currently the highest-grossing Japanese film of 2022 and the eighth-highest-grossing anime film in Japanese history. It will be released in cinemas across North America on November 4, a day after launching in Australia and New Zealand on November 3.
Although OnePiece isn’t the perfect way to enjoy Luffy’s story, the manga is available in English from VIZ Media. The anime can be found on multiple streaming platforms including Hulu, Crunchyroll, and Netflix.