One Piece’s Roroanoa Zoro Gets His Own Light Novel Exploring His Backstory Before Meeting Luffy

The Zoro Novel will be written by Jun Esaka, who penned the One Piece novel HEROINES series and One Piece novel ODYSSEY.

ONE PIECE © 1997 by Eiichiro Oda/SHUEISHA Inc.

If Eiichiro Oda doesn’t do it, then somebody else will!

Zoro fans will be jumping on their beds and raising their katanas in the air after hearing this!

Reputable sources from Twitter broke the news that the fan favorite character from One Piece, Roronoa Zoro, will be getting a Novel titled ZORO – Josho Sasakaze’, which will explore his past before meeting Luffy in the first arc of the series!


The translation of the above promotional material goes as follows:

ONE PIECE novel ZORO JOSHŌ SASAKAZE “Before meeting Luffy – Episodes from the time when I was called “Ari” are revealed.”

The material also hints at revealing a secret about Zoro’s bloodline! It was revealed in the main series that Zoro was a descendant of the Shimotsuki clan so it’ll be interesting to see how his life was back in the day and what really really led to him dreaming about becoming the best swordsman.

The Zoro Novel will be written by Jun Esaka, who penned the One Piece novel HEROINES series and One Piece novel ODYSSEY. Nakamaru (novel ODYSSEY) will be illustrating the Novel.

The first edition of this novel will be called “Prologue: Sasakaze.” Sasakaze refers to bamboo blades that are often served along with onigiri, which is a reference to Zoro’s signature technique.

Will the Zoro novel be canon? Well, novels like the Ace one are “official” novels but not written by Oda. And they don’t really interfere with the main story as told in the manga so they’re considered “soft canon.”

Furthermore, it has been confirmed that Eiichiro Oda will intensively supervise the novel and verify most of the information presented.

About One Piece:

One Piece is a Japanese manga series by author Eiichiro Oda.

Eiichiro Oda started the serialization of the manga in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump Magazine on July 19, 1997.

On March 3, 2023, the latest volume, Volume 105, was published, and the next volume will be published on July 6.

One Piece has also received an anime adaptation. The TV anime has released 1064 episodes.

The latest entry in the franchise, One Piece Film Red, premiered in Japan in August 2022.

It is the 8th highest-earning film of all time in Japan and also topped Japan’s box office for the year 2022 in terms of both yen earned and tickets sold.

One Piece Synopsis:

The tale of One Piece takes place on a parallel Earth when the ‘Golden Age of Pirates’ is in full swing.

The seas are ruled by ruthless pirates, and only the strongest can claim the legendary ‘One Piece’ fortune left behind by the greatest pirate of them, Gol D. Roger.

Years after Gol D. Roger’s death, Monkey D. Luffy dreams of establishing his own crew, locating One Piece, and becoming the Pirate King.

Luffy has incredible strength and agility after eating a devil’s fruit that turns his body into rubber.

He leaves Foosha Village in East Blue on his epic expedition to become the next Pirate King.

Source: Twitter