One Piece will release tie-in prologue episodes after the new movie

Prologue Episodes for One Piece Movie: Red, the newest film in the franchise, sailing that path.

Originally reported by Comic Natalie, the episodes will air on August 14th and 21st and will not only show how the Straw Hat Pirates found their way to the Island of Music, which is the setting for the new film, but will also show moments from 10 years ago before that showing how Luffy and Uta became friends. Child versions of Nami and Zoro will also appear in the prologue episodes.

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One Piece Movie: Red is scheduled to debut in Japan on August 6th, with IMAX screenings starting on August 27th. Crunchyroll will be showing the film in theaters in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand this fall. Produced by Toei Animation, the studio behind the One piece anime, One Piece Movie: Red see director Gorō Taniguchi (Code Geass: Lelouch the Rebellion) Returning to the franchise with Tsutomu Kuroiwa previously writing One Piece Movie: Goldwrite the script.

One Piece welcomes Uta

While early promotional material for One Piece Movie: Red teasing Shanks’ past and a brand new canon character, each new trailer offers viewers a deeper look into the story has in store for the Straw Hat Pirates. A trailer released in April revealed that the new character is Uta, a young but popular singer and the estranged daughter of none other than Shanks himself. An online microseries entitled diary, provides fans with more details about the singer’s goals and motivations, particularly her desire to combat pain and suffering through music.

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One piece tells the story of Monkey D. Luffy, a young rubber-bodied pirate who dreams of becoming the next Pirate King. The story follows him and his eclectic crew as they sail the Grand Line in search of the titular treasure hidden by a legendary pirate. The legendary and long-running franchise started in 1997 when mangaka Eiichiro Oda began publishing his series in Shueisha’s Weekly shōnen jump.

Over twenty years later One piece is finally entering its final story arc as the best-selling manga of all time, with over 500 million copies currently in circulation worldwide. The final saga of the series began on July 25 with Chapter 1054. Along with One Piece Movie: Reda live-action adaptation of One piece is currently in development at Netflix while a new video game titled One Piece Odyssey is under development at Bandai Namco.

One piece is currently available to stream on Crunchyroll.

Source: Comic Natalie, via Anime News Network

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