Beating the number of entries and profits generated in record time, One Piece Red invites itself into a prestigious ranking.
Already author of many records since its release in France on August 10, One Piece Red has just entered the very exclusive club of the ten highest-grossing anime ever theatrically released in Japan. It must be said that from the outset, the feature film adapted from the work of Eiichiro Oda was leaving on staggering passage times. More than one and a half million admissions after only two days of screening, representing almost 80% additional revenue compared to its predecessor, One Piece Stampiede.
At this frenetic pace, One Piece Red managed without any difficulty to exceed ten billion yen at the end of August, to the delight of its Toei producers. only the movie Top Gun: Maverick would have been able to do better in the archipelago this year.
A prestigious ranking
The king of Japanese (and worldwide) anime rankings, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train adapted from the universe of Koyoharu Gotouge, no doubt watches all this with amusement on his throne. With more than 500 billion dollars in revenue worldwide (about 70 billion yen), this production of ufotable released in 2020 seems well protected… At least for the moment. One Piece Red will have a lot to do to beat the cult works of this top Japanese recipe. The wind picks up, Jujutsu Kaisen 0, children of time, Ponyo, The Howl’s Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke, Your name Where Spirited Away will indeed be his “targets” on his way to the summits.
A skillfully dosed cocktail
What explains the lightning success of this new adventure of Luffy and his band of pirates? His screenplay immerses the hero in the famous straw hat in a concert featuring one of his childhood friends, Uta, daughter of the legendary pirate Shanks Le Roux. A touching reunion before quickly becoming explosive, to the rhythm of the songs of a concert with occult powers. A film that sometimes tends towards musical comedy, while reserving its share of strong action moments and fan-service. A balance that certainly pays off.