When it comes to manga and Japanese culture, no country craves it more than France.
France’s myriad of artistic ventures seems to both inspire and be inspired by manga and the anime landscape. Because of this the country today holds the title of the biggest market for manga outside of Japan itself, a big surprise to me as well!
Thus Eiichiro Oda’s immaculate move to binding the two countries even closer is a pleasant surprise.
Through his official Twitter handle, French President Emmanuel Macron announced that he recently received an original One Piece illustration by the mangaka, Eiichiro Oda, on behalf of all French manga fans on 23rd July 2021.
Passionate about One Piece, I share with you this original drawing offered by its author. Thank you
This event comes under the context of the President’s new policy of “Pass Culture.” A scheme through which people under the age of 18 will receive 300 euros to be spent on “culture.” A person is free to spend this money on music, movies, concerts, or even manga.
This scheme is available to every French citizen living in France or outside. More information about the scheme is available on the official website.
To all the people who will be buying BLs and Doujinshi, their French FBI might just drop in with “I see you are a man of Culture as well.”
With this scheme, the French market for manga is sure to grow even more extensive, and it would seem that One Piece will want to have a piece of that pie.
Truthfully, if this is what a genuine socialist society is, even the Americans might get on board with socialism. So, if you are a French citizen or currently on the boat to the manga paradise, grab yourself a copy of One Piece!
About One Piece
One Piece is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. It has been serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine since July 22, 1997.
The man who had acquired everything in this world, the Pirate King, is Gol D. Roger. The final words he said at the execution tower were “My treasures? If you want it, I’ll let you have it. Look for it; I left all of it at that place.” These words sent many to the seas, chasing their dreams, headed toward the Grand Line, in search of One Piece. Thus began a new age!
Seeking to be the greatest pirate in the world, young Monkey D. Luffy also heads toward the Grand Line in search of One Piece. His diverse crew is joining him along the way, consisting of a swordsman, marksman, navigator, cook, doctor, archaeologist, and cyborg-shipwright, this will be one memorable adventure.
Source: Offical Twitter