Toei Animation Celebrates 1000th Episode of Beloved Global Animation Franchise A play. Originally launched on October 20, 1999, the show’s Captain Monkey D. Luffy and the Straw Hat Pirates mark the crew’s 22-year journey with the landmark episode that will air on Funimation on November 20. in the United States and Canada; on Wakanim in Germany and Russia; and on their respective broadcast programs in Australia and New Zealand.
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Produced by Toei Animation and based on the popular manga title by creator Eiichiro Oda, the A play The animated series has over 990 episodes since its debut on Japanese television. The popular global franchise includes motion pictures, home videos, video games, and an ever-expanding catalog of licensed merchandise.
“The 1000th episode of A play is truly a historic moment not only for the franchise, but also for the millions of fans around the world who have supported the series over the past 22 years, ”said Masayuki Endo, President and CEO of Toei Animation Inc.“ We are delighted to mark this important milestone for A play and I look forward to celebrating it with fans at our special global live stream event on November 20. “
“It’s not every day that you celebrate such a respected series that reaches such an important milestone as this,” said Asa Suehira, Head of Content at Funimation Global Group. “A play has been a big part of the Funimation family over time and we are so proud to be a part of the ongoing journey that Toei Animation continues to produce.
To mark the occasion of 1000 episodes, a live virtual festive event will be broadcast through Funimation‘sand Animation Toeisimultaneous YouTube channels, as well as A play Facebook page. Hosted by YouTuber RogersBase, the event kicks off on November 20 at 3:00 p.m. PST and features free streaming of episodes 998 and 999, giveaways, and fan videos.
In addition to the live broadcast, Toei Animation and Fathom Events announced a special two-night theatrical event featuring the 2009 film, One Piece Film: A Strong World written by creator Eiichiro Oda. The film will premiere on November 7 (English Dub) and November 9 (English Sub) in select theaters in the United States. Additional information is available here.
Source: Toei Animation