With the excitement of One Piece Episode 1000 in the air, Toei Animation has officially announced that there’s a new movie that is set to release in 2022.
The world-famous animation company had intended to make this news just before the airing of Episode 1000 in order to shock and delight its adoring audience. However, by examining the One Piece site’s algorithm, fans have leaked the announcement 1-2 days before the episode dropped. Prior to this announcement, the film’s name and staff were mentioned in Weekly Shonen Jump 2021 Issue 51.
So without further ado, let’s dive into what we know about the upcoming movie so far. Here’s everything you need to know about One Piece Film: Red!
So far, nothing concrete is known about the plot. However, from the first teaser trailer, we get to know that Shanks, whose trademark scar can be seen on the “D” in the film’s title logo and a new female character will be featured.
Oda comments that he wanted to draw a female character instead of older male characters who have acted as the antagonists in four of the previous five films.
Fans speculate that this woman might be a Sky Island resident.
Original author Eiichiro Oda and two staff members of the film share their thoughts on One Piece: Red.
Translations go as follows:
≪Director: Goro Taniguchi Comment≫
Who wouldn’t want to go along when a former shipmate says, “Let’s play again!” over a plate of meat?
That is the reason why I decided to be involved in this project after such a long time.
If possible, I’d like to look back at what “ONE PIECE” was for me and try to find some answers in my own way.
It may be a little different from the “ONE PIECE” of the past, but for precisely that reason, I want to express a “ONE PIECE” that has never been seen before.
Of course, I don’t intend to ignore the previous TV series and movies.
The anime “ONE PIECE” has such a great history. With that as a foundation, I would like to discover new possibilities with the help of Mr. Kuroiwa, the scriptwriter, and the other staff.
≪Screenplay: Tsutomu Kuroiwa Comment≫
All that is left is to get the script right, and the project will definitely be interesting! It turns out, when Mr. Oda read the finished script, he said, “It’s fantastic!” so I guess I was able to fulfill my role. Over the course of two years, we discussed with Mr. Oda and Mr. Taniguchi, and the process of getting closer to the goal little by little was like an adventure on a ship, those days passing like a dream. This is a story we wove together. I’m sure it will be a great movie that will touch many people’s hearts.
Please look forward to it!
Coming to the question “Whether One Piece: Red is canon or not?” There’s no official confirmation as of yet. But fans speculate that, since Eiichiro Oda isn’t the scriptwriter and is in charge of supervision, the film isn’t most likely canon.
However, Shanks did make an appearance in Episode 955. So fans think it hinted at the upcoming movie.
Along with the official announcement, the One Piece team at Toei Animation released a teaser trailer along with a poster featuring Shanks and the new female character. Take a look!
Cast & Crew:
The full cast and crew are not yet revealed. However, we do know some key positions.
Original / General Producer: Eiichiro Oda
Director: Goro Taniguchi
Screenplay: Tsutomu Kuroiwa
Gorō Taniguchi is a well-known Japanese anime director, writer, producer and storyboard artist, who is among Sunrise’s noted directors. He was amongst the Original Creators and storyboard artists of Code Geass, along with the recap and feature films. He was also the director of the series Planetes.
Did you know Taniguchi worked on One Piece even before this film? He previously directed the OVA “One Piece – Defeat Him! The Pirate Ganzack”, which was released in 1998—24 years before this film and more than a year before the debut of Episode 1 of the Anime.
Scriptwriter Tsutomu Kuroiwa has previously written for One Piece films such as One Piece Film Gold (Movie 13) and the Special – One Piece: Heart of Gold.
One Piece Film Red will release on August 6th (Saturday), 2022 in Japan. According to the teaser, the release schedule may differ in other countries depending on their location.
About One Piece:
The tale of One Piece takes set in 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 fruit that turns his body into rubber. He leaves Foosha Village in East Blue on his epic expedition to become the next Pirate King.
The production team has launched a new website dedicated to the new movie. Click here!
Incidentally, a One Piece Live-Action Series is in the making by Netflix and Tomorrow Studios which is also set to release in 2022. Click here to know more about it!
This post will be updated as to when new information about the film One Piece: Red comes out. So stay tuned!