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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
Chapters Adaptation
Episodes Special
Total: 28 + 2 Total: 2
Start End Start End
Chapter 35 Chapter 75 Episode 46 Episode 47
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.

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Characters


Diary of Koby-Meppo

Diary of Koby-Meppo
Chapters Adaptation
Episodes Special
Total: 30 Total: 2
Start End Start End
Chapter 83 Chapter 119 Episode 68 Episode 69
Summary

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

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Characters


Jango's Dance Paradise

Jango's Dance Paradise
Chapters Adaptation
Episodes Special
Total: 37
Start End Start End
Chapter 126 Chapter 172 Jango's Dance Carnival
Summary

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

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Characters


Hatchan's Sea-Floor Stroll

Hatchan's Sea-Floor Stroll
Chapters Adaptation
Episodes Special
Total: 40
Start End Start End
Chapter 182 Chapter 228
Summary

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

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Characters


Wapol's Omnivorous Hurrah

Wapol's Omnivorous Hurrah
Chapters Adaptation
Episodes Special
Total: 23 Total: 1
Start End Start End
Chapter 236 Chapter 262 Episode 778
Summary

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

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Characters


Ace's Great Blackbeard Search


Gedatsu's Accidental Blue-Sea Life

Gedatsu's Accidental Blue-Sea Life
Chapters Adaptation
Episodes Special
Total: 32
Start End Start End
Chapter 314 Chapter 348
Summary

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

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Characters


Miss Goldenweek's "Operation: Meet Baroque Works"

Miss Goldenweek's "Operation: Meet Baroque Works"
Chapters Adaptation
Episodes Special
Total: 42 + 1
Start End Start End
Chapter 359 Chapter 413
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.

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Characters


Enel's Great Space Operations

Enel's Great Space Operations
Chapters Adaptation
Episodes Special
Total: 38
Start End Start End
Chapter 428 Chapter 474
Summary

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

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Characters


CP9's Independent Report

CP9's Independent Report
Chapters Adaptation
Episodes Special
Total: 33
Start End Start End
Chapter 491 Chapter 528
Summary

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

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Characters


Straw Hat's Separation Serial

Straw Hat's Separation Serial
Chapters Adaptation
Episodes Special
Total: 16 Total: 4 + 4
Start End Start End
Chapter 543 Chapter 560 Episode 418 Episode 421
Episode 453 Episode 456
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.

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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
Chapters Adaptation
Episodes Special
Total: 48
Start End Start End
Chapter 613 Chapter 668
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.

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Characters


Caribou's Kehihihihi in the New World

Caribou's Kehihihihi in the New World
Chapters Adaptation
Episodes Special
Total: 46 Total: 1
Start End Start End
Chapter 674 Chapter 731 Episode 921
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 Kaido's henchmen.

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Characters


Solo Journey of Jinbe, Knight of the Sea

Solo Journey of Jinbe, Knight of the Sea
Chapters Adaptation
Episodes Special
Total: 28
Start End Start End
Chapter 751 Chapter 785
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.

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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
Chapters Adaptation
Episodes Special
Total: 25
Start End Start End
Chapter 805 Chapter 838
Summary

The new Straw Hat bounties bring joy to their allies.

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Characters


The Stories of the Self-Proclaimed Straw Hat Grand Fleet

The Stories of the Self-Proclaimed Straw Hat Grand Fleet
Chapters Adaptation
Episodes Special
Total: 46 Total: 1
Start End Start End
Chapter 864 Chapter 919 Episode 885
Summary

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

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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
Chapters Adaptation
Episodes Special
Total: 37
Start End Start End
Chapter 948 Chapter 994
Summary

After escaping Totto Land, the Fire Tank Pirates set out on a quest to find Lola, resulting in family reunions and marriage.

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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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