A piece returns to Toonami’s anime lineup.
The programming block has confirmed the return of the Straw Hat Pirates with an announcement on its official website. Facebook page. In early January, Toonami announced that it planned to add a new anime series to its schedule every week for the next “month or so”. The programming block previously reveals two of these series: the second season of the sci-fi comedy Assassination Classroom, and the critically acclaimed fantasy adventure Made in the Abyss. The series will begin its new run on American television with the first episode of the Return to Sabaody arc, which also marks the beginning of the second half of the series. The network will broadcast A pieceThe 517th and 518th consecutive episodes on January 23 at 1:30 a.m. EST.
A piece was previously a staple of the Toonami calendar. The series aired as part of Toonami’s original afternoon lineup on Cartoon Network in 2005. The series later returned to the programming block when the Toonami brand was resurrected as part of ending offerings. Adult Swim’s late night run in 2013. The series’ first late night run ended in 2017, after the network aired episode 384, the final chapter of the Spa Island arc.
Inactive fans looking to catch up on the series will be able to watch truncated versions of the Arabasta and Drum Island arcs when Netflix adds two classics A piece films, Arabasta Episode and Chopper Episode: Flowering in winter, Miracle Sakura to its streaming library in February. Both movies feature abbreviated versions of their respective arcs, but the Chopper episode features new content by adding characters that didn’t originally appear in the story, such as Nico Robin and Franky.
The anime’s return to Toonami and Netflix appears to be part of a renewed drive to bring the series to a more mainstream audience ahead of the premiere of the franchise’s upcoming live-action reboot. The new adaptation was originally announced in 2017 and is produced by Netflix and Tomorrow Studios, the production company behind the short-lived Cowboy Bebop live action series. The series will star Come on, Youth! and Who killed Sarah?‘s Iñaki Godoy as the series’ straw-hatted protagonist, Monkey D. Luffy. Series creator Eiichiro Oda is working on the remake as an executive producer.
A piece was first published in the pages of Weekly Shonen Jump in 1997 and is now the best-selling manga series of all time, with over half a billion copies in circulation worldwide. The full anime series, which now totals over 1,000 episodes, can be streamed from Funimation and Crunchyroll, while portions of the series are available on Hulu and Netflix.
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