Netflix Sets A Launch Date For One Piece Film Z

As reported by Anime News Network, the streaming service has confirmed that the 2012 action flick will be available on its platform on April 12. The film is the 12th theatrical release in the long-running franchise, and tells the story of the Straw Hat Pirates’ conflict with former Marine Admiral Z, who steals a powerful weapon and threatens the safety of all New World. The film was directed by Tatsuya Nagamine, who later directed Dragon Ball Super: Broly. The film’s production was directly overseen by series creator Eiichiro Oda.

In recent months, Netflix has added One Piece content to its platform in anticipation of the release of the new version of the live-action series. In February, the service added the compilation films Episode of Arabasta and Episode of Chopper: Bloom in Winter, Miracle Sakura to its library.

Filming for the Netflix reboot began in early February. The new series will star Iñaki Godoy (Go, Youth!) as rubber hero Monkey D. Luffy, Taz Skylar (Boiling Point) as chef Sanji, Mackenyu (Chihayafuru) as the swordsman Roronoa Zoro, Emily Rudd (Fear Street) as navigator Nami, and Jacob Romero Gibson (Greenleaf) as sniper Usopp. The series is produced by Tomorrow Pictures, which previously worked with Netflix on the live-action Cowboy Bebop series, which premiered in 2021 to mixed reviews and swift cancellation. Longtime fans of the show can take comfort, however, as Oda is also working on the show as an executive producer.

The next anime in the series, One Piece Film: Red, is apparently well on its way to production, as its producers recently revealed the new extra-pirate costumes that Luffy and the rest of the Straw Hat crew will be wearing. during the movie.

The same cannot be said for the One Piece TV anime, which was recently put on indefinite hiatus following a hack at production company Toei Animation. The prolific animation company suffered an unauthorized intrusion into its private networks on March 6. The hack resulted in the shutdown of the company’s network and the loss of files related to the production of several of its most popular productions. In addition to One Piece, Digimon: Ghost Game has also been placed on hiatus, and the release of Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero has been postponed, with no new release date given.