Monsters, a standalone manga story originally released by One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda in 1994, will be adapted into a voice comic for Weekly Shonen Jump's official YouTube channel.
According to Shonen Jump News, the adaptation of Eiichiro Oda's classic work will be posted to YouTube in two parts on Sept. 6 and 7. Monsters tells the story of the samurai Ryuma and the theft of an infamous dragon's horn. While it was initially believed to be unconnected to Oda's more famous later work, it was eventually revealed that Monsters takes place in the same world and continuity as One Piece. The manga was initially published in the 1994 Shonen Jump Autumn Special, but was re-published in 1998 as part of a collection of Oda's pre-One Piece manga. Few details for the voice comic adaptation have been released, but Shonen Jump is reportedly promising a "super luxurious cast" for the story.
MONSTERS, the original one-shot by Eiichiro Oda, will be turned into a voiced comic released in 2 parts on September 6th and September 7th on Jump's YouTube Channel, also starring 'a super luxurious cast'.— Shonen Jump News - Unofficial (@WSJ_manga) July 15, 2021
One Piece is one of Weekly Shonen Jump's biggest and longest running hits, with over 490 million copies printed since the manga debuted in 1997. The series is one of the highest-grossing media franchises of all time, having been adapted into dozens of video games and an anime series that has run for 20 seasons. Oda is also serving as the executive producer on an upcoming live-action adaptation of his work, which is just one of the anime adaptations currently being produced by Netflix. The streaming company is also producing a live-action Cowboy Bebop, and recently began filming a new series based on fellow Shonen Jump hit Yu Yu Hakusho.
The One Piece manga is localized and distributed in North America by VIZ Media. The anime series is available for streaming on Netflix, Hulu, Crunchyroll, VRV and Funimation.