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Short-Term Focused Cover Page Serials (短期集中表紙連載 Tanki Shūchū Hyōshi Rensai?), usually shortened to Cover Stories or Cover Arcs, are a series of supplemental stories told through the cover pages of select chapters. With few exceptions, they focus on the activities of various antagonists and side-characters after their initial encounters with the Straw Hat Pirates.

Though easily overlooked, cover arcs are as canonical as the manga proper, many having introduced or explained elements pivotal to the main storyline—e.g. Vice Admiral Garp.

(It should be noted that, despite similar—sometimes identical—construction, cover arcs are distinct from the Where They Are Now series, which follow a different numbering.)

Overview

Cover arcs follow a simpler, more disjointed storytelling format than the manga proper; their pages are never subdivided into panels, and their few speech bubbles always use pictograms or simple words in English. Each installment delivers the majority of its dialogue and narration in a page-bottom caption, which also gives the particular installment's part-number.

Unlike the "main" story arcs, each cover arc has an official title, typically printed on every installment except the first (which instead counts off the total number of cover arcs serialized thus far). Reflecting this, most cover arcs keep their protagonists obscured—or outright hidden—in the first installment, effectively challenging readers to predict their identity from context clues.

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Chapter 182's cover (beginning Hatchan's Sea-Floor Stroll). Note the lack of title.
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Chapter 328's cover (part of Gedatsu's Accidental Blue-Sea Life). Note the dialogue and sound-effects.

Cover arcs are always printed in black-and-white, never color; on weeks Shonen Jump runs One Piece as a color feature, any ongoing cover arc will be interrupted by a color spread.

Complete Listing

By Eiichiro Oda's official count, there have been twenty-four cover arcs thus far.

Sea of Survival: Super Rookies Saga

Buggy's Crew Adventure Chronicles

Buggy's Crew Adventure Chronicles
Manga Chapters (covers)
35 36 37 39 40 42 43 46 47 48 50
51 53 54 55 57 58 59 60 62 63 65
66 67 68 71 72 73 74 75
Anime Episodes
46 47
Special
Roronoa Zoro Falls Into the Sea
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Total Chapters: 30 Total Episodes: 2
Summary

After his defeat, Buggy tries to return to his crew, forming an alliance in the process. Meanwhile, his crew try to follow a new leader.

Characters


Diary of Koby-Meppo

Diary of Koby-Meppo
Manga Chapters (covers)
83 84 85 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 95
96 97 98 99 101 102 104 105 106 108 109
110 112 113 114 115 116 118 119
Anime Episodes
68 69
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Total Chapters: 30 Total Episodes: 2
Summary

Koby and Helmeppo's path from being chore boys to Garp's students.

Characters


Jango's Dance Paradise

Jango's Dance Paradise
Manga Chapters (covers)
126 127 129 130 131 132 134 135 136 138 139
141 142 143 145 146 148 149 150 151 153 154
155 157 158 159 161 162 163 164 166 167 168
169 170 171 172
Animated Adaptation
AS1
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Total Chapters: 36 Total Episodes: 0
Summary

Jango recovers from his downfall, and finds a new life with the help of his new friend, Fullbody.

Characters


Hatchan's Sea-Floor Stroll

Hatchan's Sea-Floor Stroll
Manga Chapters (covers)
182 183 184 185 187 188 189 190 191 192 193
195 196 197 199 200 202 203 204 205 206 207
208 209 210 211 212 214 215 216 217 218 219
220 222 223 224 225 227 228
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Total Chapters: 40 Total Episodes: 0
Summary

Escaping from imprisonment, Hatchan travels home, meeting new and old friends on his way to pursuing his dreams.

Characters


Wapol's Omnivorous Hurrah

Wapol's Omnivorous Hurrah
Manga Chapters (covers)
236 237 238 239 240 242 243 244 245 247 248
249 250 251 252 253 255 256 257 258 259 261
262
Anime Episodes
778
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Total Chapters: 23 Total Episodes: 1
Summary

Blown to a distant land, Wapol slowly comes to term with his new status, only to eventually regain his fortune and power.

Characters


Ace's Great Blackbeard Search


Gedatsu's Accidental Blue-Sea Life

Gedatsu's Accidental Blue-Sea Life
Manga Chapters (covers)
314 315 316 318 319 320 321 322 323 324 325
326 328 329 330 331 332 333 335 336 337 338
339 340 341 342 343 344 345 346 347 348
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Total Chapters: 32 Total Episodes: 0
Summary

Falling all the way to the Blue Sea, Gedatsu befriends Goro and joins him in building the latter's dream resort.

Characters


Miss Goldenweek's "Operation: Meet Baroque Works"

Miss Goldenweek's "Operation: Meet Baroque Works"
Manga Chapters (covers)
359 360 361 362 363 365 366 367 368 370 371
372 374 375 376 378 380 381 382 384 385 386
388 389 390 392 393 395 396 397 398 399 400
402 403 404 406 407 408 409 411 412 413
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Total Chapters: 43 Total Episodes: 0
Summary

Still on Little Garden, Miss Goldenweek, Mr. 5, and Miss Valentine find out about the downfall of Baroque Works, and journey to save their friends from imprisonment.

Characters


Enel's Great Space Operations

Enel's Great Space Operations
Manga Chapters (covers)
428 429 430 433 434 435 436 437 438 440 441
442 443 444 445 447 448 450 451 452 453 455
456 458 459 460 461 462 463 465 466 467 468
469 470 472 473 474
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Total Chapters: 38 Total Episodes: 0
Summary

Arriving at his Fairy Vearth, Enel learns about the place's history and helps the Automata deal with the Space Pirates.

Characters


CP9's Independent Report

CP9's Independent Report
Manga Chapters (covers)
491 492 493 494 495 496 497 498 499 500 501
502 504 505 506 508 509 510 511 512 513 514
515 517 518 519 521 522 523 524 525 527 528
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Total Chapters: 33 Total Episodes: 0
Summary

After their defeat, the assassins try to get Rob Lucci treated, while the World Government tries to capture their runaway employees.

Characters


Straw Hat's Separation Serial

Straw Hat's Separation Serial
Manga Chapters (covers)
543 544 545 546 548 549 550 551 552 554 555
556 557 558 559 560
Anime Episodes
418 419 420 421 453 454 455 456
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Total Chapters: 15 Total Episodes: 8
Summary

Following their separation after the battle at Sabaody Archipelago, the other members of the Straw Hat Pirates begin their own separate adventures in their new surroundings.

Characters

Sanji's "Resisting in Kamabakka"

Robin's "How Terrible You People Are"

Franky's "This Week's Me is No Good"

Usopp's "I'll-Die-If-I'm-On-My-Own Disease"

Chopper's "I'm Not Food You Assholes"

Nami's "Weather Report"

Brook's "Lodgings and Panties Repayment"

Zoro's "Where the Hell Are They? What a Pain in the Ass"


The Final Sea: The New World Saga

From the Decks of the World

From the Decks of the World
Manga Chapters (covers)
613 614 615 616 617 619 620 621 623 624 625
626 627 629 630 631 632 633 635 636 637 638
639 640 641 643 644 645 646 647 648 649 650
652 653 654 655 656 657 658 659 661 662 663
665 666 667 668
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Total Chapters: 48 Total Episodes: 0
Summary

The news about the return of the Straw Hat Pirates is spread worldwide to the crew's friends, family and allies, and some old enemies.

Characters


Caribou's Kehihihihi in the New World

Caribou's Kehihihihi in the New World
Manga Chapters (covers)
674 675 677 678 679 680 681 682 683 684 686
687 688 689 690 694 695 696 697 698 700 701
702 704 705 706 708 709 711 712 713 714 715
716 718 719 720 721 722 723 725 727 728 729
730 731
Anime Episodes
921
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Total Chapters: 46 Total Episodes: 1
Summary

Causing havoc on Fish-Man Island, Caribou is chased out to an island going through a revolution, and reunites with his crew before confronting Kaidou's henchmen.

Characters


Solo Journey of Jinbe, Knight of the Sea

Solo Journey of Jinbe, Knight of the Sea
Manga Chapters (covers)
751 752 753 754 755 757 758 759 760 761 762
763 765 767 768 769 770 772 773 774 776 777
778 780 781 782 783 785
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Total Chapters: 28 Total Episodes: 0
Summary

After dropping off Caribou, Jinbe helps a lost sea kitten and calms some rampaging sea beasts, and finds a new recruit for the Sun Pirates.

Characters


From the Decks of the World: The 500,000,000 Man Arc

From the Decks of the World: The 500,000,000 Man Arc
Manga Chapters (covers)
805 806 807 808 810 812 813 814 815 816 818 819
820 822 823 825 826 827 828 830 831 834 836 837
838
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Total Chapters: 25 Total Episodes: 0
Summary

The new Straw Hat bounties bring joy to their allies.

Characters


The Stories of the Self-Proclaimed Straw Hat Grand Fleet

The Stories of the Self-Proclaimed Straw Hat Grand Fleet
Manga Chapters (covers)
864 865 866 867 868 869 870 871 873 875 876
877 879 880 881 882 883 884 885 887 888 889
891 892 893 894 895 896 897 898 899 901 903
904 905 906 907 908 909 910 913 914 915 917
918 919
Anime Episodes
885
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Total Chapters: 46 Total Episodes: 1
Summary

After leaving Dressrosa, each division of the Straw Hat Grand Fleet goes on its own adventure.

Characters

Cavendish Arc

Bartolomeo Arc

Sai Arc

Ideo Arc

Leo Arc

Hajrudin Arc

Orlumbus Arc

Side Story


"Gang" Bege's Oh My Family

"Gang" Bege's Oh My Family
Manga Chapters (covers)
948 950 952 953 954 955 956 958 959 960 961
962 963 964 965 966 968 969 970 971 973 974
975 977 978 979 980 982 983 984 986 988 989
990 991 993 994
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Total Chapters: 37 Total Episodes: 0
Summary

After escaping Totto Land, the Fire Tank Pirates set out on a quest to find Lola, which results in long-awaited family reunions and an unlikely wedding.

Characters


Germa 66's Ahh... An Emotionless Excursion

Germa 66's Ahh... An Emotionless Excursion
Manga Chapters (covers)
1035 1037 1038 1040 1041 1042 1043 1044 1046 1048 1049
1050 1051 1052
Germa 66's Ahh... An Emotionless Excursion.png
Total Chapters: 14 Total Episodes: 0
Summary

The story of the Germa Kingdom after escaping Totto Land and leaving behind Niji and Yonji, who were captured by Mont-d'Or's abilities.

Characters


Anime and Manga Differences

Despite their Canonical status, the majority of cover stories have not been adapted by the anime, and the existing adaptations have received widely varying treatments:

Apart from these, the anime has faithfully adapted the cover stories' aftereffects whenever they appear in the main storyline —e.g. Hatchan returning in the Sabaody Archipelago Arc as a civilian chef—but never the stories themselves. At most, elements introduced by cover stories are given brief cameos, or else repurposed for anime-original material. The reasons for this remain unknown (notwithstanding fan theories that stories not focusing on the Straw Hat Pirates—and Luffy in particular—are commercially unpopular in Japan).

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"Jango's Dance Carnival" adopts a few elements from "Jango's Dance Paradise" (most notably Mirror Ball Island), but is otherwise an anime-original story.
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Crocus' newspaper in Episode 381 gives a cameo to "Ace's Great Blackbeard Search" (and the Iceburg installment of Where They Are Now).

Merchandise

Outside the standard manga volumes, several sources have been dedicated to compiling cover arcs:

Trivia

  • Currently, "From the Decks of the World" stands as the longest cover story overall, at 48 installments. "Caribou's Kehihihihi in the New World" stands as the longest with a single protagonist and plot, at 46.
    • Discounting the Straw Hat Separation Serial, "Wapol's Omnivorous Hurrah" is the shortest, at 23 installments.

References

  1. One Piece Collection (French fansite) on the Visual Adventure series, with full galleries.

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