Crunchyroll and Toei Animation Inc. have announced an agreement for theatrical distribution of One Piece Movie Red in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Produced by Toei Animation and creator Eiichiro Oda, the film is the 15th in the popular franchise. The highly anticipated feature will release this fall with both subtitled and dubbed versions.
“We are delighted to bring One Piece Movie Red in cinemas around the world this fall, which actually coincides with the 23rd anniversary of the A play franchise,” commented Toei Animation Inc. President and CEO Masayuki Endo. “This new film from creator Eiichiro Oda will truly captivate fans in an exciting new Straw Hats adventure that features the debut of Uta – a mysterious new character in the world of A play.”
“A play has been the cornerstone of Crunchyroll, delighting fans around the world,” said Crunchyroll Senior Vice President of Global Commerce, Mitchel Berger. “We are thrilled to bring audiences the next adventure in this global franchise and adventure with a new standalone story in theaters.”
One Piece Movie Red take the stage next month at Anime Expo 2022 in Los Angeles. Toei Animation will host a series of special events, including a one-night music event, “One Piece Film Red Presents Steve Aoki Live,” featuring two-time Grammy-nominated artist Steve Aoki. A panel, “Toei Animation Presents One Piece Film Red Panel,” is also featured. The film’s producer, Shinji Shimizu, ADR director Anthony Bowling, and English dub actors Brandon Potter (Shanks) and Ian Sinclair (Brook) will attend both exhibition events.
One Piece Movie Red is directed by Goro Taniguchi (One Piece Beat it! The Ganzack Pirate! OVA) and written by Tsutomu Kuroiwa (One Piece Movie: Gold). Produced by Toei Animation and based on a popular manga title by creator Oda, the franchise includes theatrical films, home videos, video games and a catalog of licensed products including accessories, toys, novelties, furniture, household items and clothing.
In the film, Uta is the most beloved singer in the world. Known for her otherworldly voice and hiding her identity when performing, she plans to reveal herself for the first time at a live concert. The venue fills with excited fans and pirates, and the Navy keeps a close watch. The Straw Hats, led by Luffy, come to enjoy the performance of Uta, the voice that kept the world waiting. However, the story begins with a shocking fact; She’s Shanks’ daughter!
Debbie Diamond Sarto is associate editor at Animation World Network.