The project will be supervised by One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda himself, and directed by Goro Taniguchi who has worked on Mobile Suit Gundam, Code Geass, and according to Oda, was the first person in the world to animate the series’ main protagonist Luffy.
The short teaser trailer above begins with a visual of a blank musical score with the grid lines dancing off the sheet to reveal a hand-drawn image of a new female character, accompanied by background narration that translates to, “will her voice bring forth eternal happiness… Or endless imprisonment?” In a hand-written message to fans, Oda says, “I am tired of drawing legendary old grandpas in movies! I want to draw a new little female character! That’s the character I want to make now!” The 30-second teaser ends with an image of the pirate, Shanks.
Shanks, who is also known as “Red Hair,” is the captain of the Red Hair Pirates, one of the Four Emperors of the New World, and the man who gave young Luffy his signature straw hat at the beginning of the series and inspired him to be a pirate. With just a few appearances, One Piece fans are excited to learn more about the mighty and enigmatic character.
One Piece Film: Red will first premiere in Japan on August 6, 2022, before releasing worldwide. Stay tuned for more updates.
Eiichiro Oda’s message for ONE PIECE FILM RED (rough translation, apologies for any mistake):
“I am tired of drawing legendary old grandpas in movies! I want to draw a new little female character! That’s the character I want to make now! And that’s how it started… https://t.co/gWIudxEdI4
— Shonen Jump News – Unofficial (@WSJ_manga) November 19, 2021
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