The One Piece franchise has stood atop the shonen for a long time, and its momentum doesn’t seem to be stopping any time soon. With more than 1000 episodes already to his credit, the work of the mangaka Eiichiro Oda still has surprises in store for its fans. In this year 2022, a new feature film which turns out to be the fifteenth franchise film should be released.
Entitled One Piece: Redthis animated film will highlight an iconic character of the franchise.
An Encounter That Changed Luffy’s Life
Announced a few months ago, this new film puts the spotlight on one of the most influential people in piracy. This person is one of the four emperors and as you probably know, it is the famous Shanks le Roux.
Shanks is one of the most intriguing characters in One Piece. Apart from being one of the Four Emperors, he is also Luffy’s idol. While our dear hero was still a child, he met Shanks who was passing through his native island. The latter had in his possession a chest that contained a devil fruit. Luffy took the contents and ate it.
You know the rest, this devil fruit made Luffy a rubber man. But the highlight of this meeting was the fact that Shanks saved Luffy’s life and left an arm there. Upon leaving, he entrusted Luffy with his most prized possession; his straw hat.
An already highly anticipated fifteenth animated film
Shanks is an inspiration to Luffy and his influence led him to follow in his footsteps. Since then, Luffy has set sail and gathered his crew. He intends to fulfill his dream of becoming the Pirate King and cross paths with Shanks again. These events took place at the very beginning of Eiichiro Oda’s work. Today, the Straw Hat Crew faces Kaido and Big Mom’s Crew at Wano.
On this point, the anime and the manga cover the same arc. From this moment, one wonders what chronology will observe the animated film. While the whole fandom is in the most total blur, a storyboard published on the official One Piece: Red Twitter account, comes to add a layer.
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—『ONE PIECE FILM RED』【公式】 (@OP_FILMRED) February 13, 2022
The drawing that we see shows Monkey D. Luffy who is looking towards the horizon. Also, the clothes he wears have nothing to do with his current look in Wano. It’s small enough as a detail to launch into speculation. All that’s left to do is hang in there until August, when the film will debut in Japan.
In your opinion, what are the subjects that will animate the film? One Piece: Red? In addition to highlighting Shanks, do you think that other characters will spice up the events? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.
Source: comic book