One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda discharged a message in regard to the impacts of the new coronavirus maladies (COVID-19) on the manga and anime’s creation through the One Piece staff Twitter account. In the post, Oda clarified that since the deal with the manga is completely simple, the work environment is at present being redesigned to encourage social separation.

The message was posted in both Japanese and English, by the One Piece staff over on Twitter, check it out below:

Eiichiro Oda’s message reads: “Concerning the manga, I’m still drawing every day as usual, but since all our works are analog, we cannot avoid gathering people. So we have limited the staff to its minimum, and I also have to live a life as far from contamination as I can. Because of that, the progress of the original story and other projects have been slowed down to a frustrating extent. That is why I think there will be more interruptions from now on, but please understand that we are not taking a break because I’m feeling unwell, we are reorganizing work to continue making this manga while staying healthy!!

The Anime is also interrupted for now, but preparations are underway behind the scenes so that show can continue even in the current situation.

Now, in order to support part of your time staying home, the first 61 Volumes of One Piece are available for free on JUMP+ (Only In Japan). A Manga will not help you through the basic necessities of life, but I’ll be happy to help you relax with the story’s foolish moments when you need some fresh air.

I’m hoping from the bottom of my heart that you will be safe and well, in your body and mind!!”