Gorō Taniguchi’s One Piece Film: Red is coming to theaters this Fall, and will be distributed by well-known anime service, Crunchyroll.
The upcoming anime, based on the One Piece manga series, will debut in theatres later this fall, around the same time as the 23rd anniversary of the One Piece saga. Crunchyroll has agreed to distribute the movie theatrically across the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, in both dubbed and subtitle variants.
“We’re excited to bring One Piece Film Red to theaters around the world this fall,” said Masayuki Endo, President, and CEO of Toei Animation Inc. “This new film from creator Eiichiro Oda will truly captivate fans in a thrilling new adventure with the Straws Hats that features the debut of Uta – a mysterious new character in the world of One Piece.”
The mysterious Uta is described as the world’s favorite diva, now performing for the first time in public. Her voice is said to be “otherworldly” with the island venue filled with fans and Star Hats from across the world.
But her diva personality hides the secret of her true identity. Uta is actually the daughter of Shanks – the legendary pirate and major player in the One Piece saga. Standing shoulder to shoulder with her father, Uta lifts the curtain on her mysterious identity, but it seems that’s only the beginning.
“One Piece has been a cornerstone on Crunchyroll, delighting fans around the world. We’re thrilled to bring audiences the next adventure in this global franchise, and the adventure with a new stand-alone story in theaters,” said Crunchyroll’s senior vice president of global commerce, Mitchel Berger.
Here’s the official synopsis: “Uta —the most beloved singer in the world. Renowned for concealing her own identity when performing, her voice has come to be described as ‘otherworldly.’ Now, for the first time ever, Uta will herself to the world at a live concert. As the venue fills with all kinds of Uta fans —excited pirates, the Navy watching closely, and the Straw Hats led by Luffy who simply came to enjoy her sonorous performance —the voice that the whole world has been waiting for is about to resound. The story begins with the shocking fact that she is Shanks’ daughter.”
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More details about One Piece Film: Red will be revealed at Anime Expo on July 2 in Los Angeles.
Editors note: this story originally incorrectly stated that One Piece Film: Red would be available on Crunchyroll’s streaming service at launch. IGN apologises and regrets this error.
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