One Piece: Red’s release date is … frustrating

The release date at the end has been changed from the Japanese premiere date of August 6, 2022 to a more nebulous date, “Coming Soon”. While the announcement doesn’t provide a concrete release date, it’s the first official confirmation that there are at least plans to release the new film outside of Japan.

One Piece: Red will be the franchise’s 15th theatrical release. Production of the new film is overseen by series creator Eiichiro Oda, who revealed in a statement that the film was born out of his desire to add a new female character to the series. “I’m tired of drawing legendary old grandpas in the movies!” I want to draw a new little female character! This is the character I want to do now! And that’s how it all started, ”Oda said. The new film is being written by Tsutomu Kuroiwa, who previously wrote the screenplay for One Piece Film: Gold and the animated film Gantz, and will be directed by Goro Taniguchi of Code Geass.

The film will focus on the character of Red-Haired Shanks, the captain of the Red Hair Pirates and one of the Four Emperors of the New World. Shanks is the man who inspired the series’ protagonist, Monkey D. Luffy, to take the life of a pirate, and he also gave the stretchy young hero his iconic straw hat. The trailer for the film also reveals that the aforementioned new female character is something of a singer.

One Piece first sold in 1998 on the pages of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump. In 24 years, the story of the Straw Hat Pirates has become the best-selling manga series in history, with nearly half a billion copies circulating worldwide. In 2021, the manga released its 1000th chapter and 100th volume. The anime adaptation, which is produced by Toei Animation and debuted in 1999, recently aired its 1,000th episode. Both Oda and Shueisha have hinted that the story will soon come to an end, but the One Piece sequel is already in the works, as Netflix and Tomorrow Pictures, Cowboy Bebop’s company, have begun production on an adaptation in. direct from the series.