The whole One Piece community was devastated upon hearing the news about Oda’s sudden illness. Fortunately, everyone’s worries were almost immediately alleviated with the follow-up news that Oda’s illness was not serious. However, it still affected the release dates of the manga and anime. There is good news, however. One Piece 973 new release date has been revealed.

The chapter was originally scheduled to be released on March 2, 2020, in the 14th issue of the Weekly Shonen Jump. A few days earlier the announcement was made by Eiichiro Oda’s staff on Twitter:

“ONE PIECE”, which was scheduled to be published in Weekly Shonen Jump No. 14 (released on March 2), will be closed due to poor physical condition due to the sudden illness of the author.

In addition, the physical condition has been recovered and serialization will resume from issue 15.

Thank you for your understanding.

One Piece 972 recap

Before the next chapter, let us have a quick recap of the previous chapter. Chapter 972 is the saddest part of Oden’s flashback. It makes us and Wano’s citizens love Oden’s character more.

While Oden soldiers through the boiling in oil while carrying his vassals, the whole citizenry of Wano learned the truth about his ridiculous actions in the last 5 years. However, the people of Wano could not do anything because of the threat imposed by Orochi and Kaido to those who will.

Oden survived the appointed time of boiling, but as Oden expected, he was still executed by Kaido. Before he dies, he let his vassals escape with a strict charge to open Wano in his stead and to help a figure who will save the country. I’m not sure if it is related, but I think Kinemon may have realized this when he met Luffy.

One Piece 973 predictions, spoilers and release date

At the end of the previous chapter, Toki reads Oden’s letter. Oden requests Toki’s assistance in making sure the borders of Wano will be opened in twenty years. The final panel states that the story resumes in the present day. I don’t think it means going back directly to the time where Momo and his gang are about to cross to Onigashima.

The first panels may show us what happened to Toki and the rest who were left in the past. After that, we may see what Inurashi and Kinemon do at the port Tokage. Then on the following panels, Oda might reveal what really happened to the rest of the alliance the previous night before the fire festival.

It would be good to know what really happened to them and the Thousand Sunny. We will know for sure when the official chapter and spoilers are released. One Piece 973 new release date will be on March 9, 2020. Spoilers are expected tomorrow. Raw scans will be available 2-3 days before the official release date.

One Piece 973 spoilers update

One Piece 973 spoilers are now out. A big reveal about Denjiro’strue identity is waiting for you. You can read them by heading here.

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I am a university teacher who can't get enough of anime and manga. My class' group names are based on my favorite characters, especially from One Piece. I read manga or watch anime every chance I have. I started reading manga just a few years back and I was hooked the first day. I usually follow fan pages and am consistently given a Top Fan Badge. I also love baking and cake decorating and trying to make anime-themed cake designs.

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