Unfortunately, the upcoming chapter of One Piece, number 1026 in the manga, has been delayed, but when will the next chapter release around the world?

Has there ever been a better time to be a One Piece fan? Not only is the anime and manga continuing to dominate weekly releases, but Netflix’s live-action adaptation is turning heads.

The series recently reached 100 published volumes, but what is even more impressive is the fact that every single one of these volumes has more than one million copies in circulation according to Oricon.

However, the manga series will be taking a temporary hiatus this week, prompting fans to ask when chapter 1026 will actually release around the world?

One Piece chapter 1026: Release date and time

One Piece chapter 1026 is currently scheduled to release around the world on Sunday, September 26th at 9 AM PDT via Viz Media.

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New chapters are available through Viz Media, Manga Plus and the official Shonen Jump App, with chapter 1026 expected to launch in English at the following international times:

  • Pacific Time: 9 AM PDT
  • Eastern Time: 12 PM EDT
  • British Time: 5 PM BST
  • European Time: 6 PM CEST
  • India Time: 9.30 PM IST
  • Philippine Time: 12 AM PHT
  • Australia Time: 1.30 AM ACST

Manga Plus is scheduling the release for at 8 AM PDT, with Viz Media also providing the first and latest three chapters for free – with a subscription priced at $1.99 a month.

Why was chapter 1026 delayed?

An official reason why the One Piece manga will be on a temporary hiatus has not been shared by the Shonen Jump Editorial Department or by Eiichiro Oda.

However, the hit series has made a habit of taking short breaks every five or so chapters, as it gives Oda time to fully streamline each individual chapter.

Therefore, fans should not be worried about the upcoming delay to chapter 1026 and should eagerly await its return next week.  

Have any spoilers leaked online?

At the time of writing, no spoilers have been leaked online from the chapter’s raw scans; however, this is expected following the delay.

Interestingly, fan predictions and theories are plentiful online, with one user outlining how they feel the next 11 chapters will start to wrap up the war.

A brief recap of chapter 1026…

Chapter 1025, titled Twin Dragons, opened with Kaidou launching a heavy attack on Yamato.

He then berates Yamato for being alone, as they argue that she has friends, notably the samurai in the cave who helped her more than two decades ago.

Elsewhere, Momonosuke is struggling with flying Luffy back up to Onigashima castle because he is scared of flying.

Despite Luffy’s encouragement, Momonosuke flies straight into the Skull Dome and through several floors of the castle to reach Kaidou and Yamato on the roof.

Luffy and Yamato hit Kaidou with a joint attack, but Kaidou appears more interested in Momonosuke.

The chapter ends with Kaidou transforming into a dragon himself as he prepares to confront our three heroes.

Is there a new anime episode this week?

Yes, One Piece episode 992 is scheduled to broadcast through the Crunchyroll streaming service at 10 PM EDT on Saturday, September 18th.

The episode will be titled ‘Desire to be Oden! Yamato’s Dream!” – see below for the preview trailer.

By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]

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