The ONE PIECE party continues marking the celebratory occasion of the release of the 100th volume of Eiichiro Oda and the 1000th episode of the anime adaptation with a video collection of five short dramas titled “We Are One!” as announced on Thursday.
The official drama episodes will launch on the newly opened website of “weareone” and also on the franchise’s YouTube channel on August 30. A teaser video was also released on July 22, for the upcoming drama collection based on the readers of Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece manga.
Mika Ninagawa is directing the dramas, which will feature both live-action and animated segments. The new animation will be produced by Toei Animation, depicting the charm of “ONE PIECE” from a new perspective and worldview. Other than the featured readers, the videos will star Kengo Kora (Shoplifters, Shin Godzilla) with a new theme song by RADWIMPS.
Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece manga has surpassed 490 million copies in circulation worldwide as of Monday. That includes over 400 million in Japan and 90 million in at least 57 countries and regions overseas. The 100th volume will ship on September 3.
The manga is commemorating its 100th volume with several projects. An unparelled one is the Kibo Discover Project, a collaboration between One Piece’s publisher Shueisha, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and the interactive production company Bascule. This project will challenge people to spread hope throughout the world by venturing into space. (Kibō or “hope” is the name of a Japanese module of the International Space Station, as well as of a video communication system between ISS and Earth.)
Other commemorative projects include a Where’s Waldo crossover, a voice comic of Oda’s one-shot manga “Monsters,” an interview between the cast members of Luffy and two more ship captains, a reader mail-away offer for figures, the third Shokugeki no Sanji spinoff chapter, a new streaming program on the franchise’s YouTube channel, the free (for a limited time) release of the first 90 volumes, and the third One Piece Knowledge King test.
Oda began serializing the One Piece manga in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump manga on July 19, 1997. He published the 1,000th chapter in this year’s combined 5th/6th issue of Weekly Shonen Jump magazine on January 4.