With the highly anticipated One Piece Film: Red set to premiere in Japan this week, the film’s official website announced that special tie-in episodes for the movie would be airing this month as well.
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Two new episodes will air throughout the month of August, releasing on August 14 and August 21, 2022, respectively. The episodes will serve as a tie-in prologue to the film and will depict moments from up to 10 years prior to its events, showcasing a younger Luffy and Uta hanging around Shanks’ Red Hair Pirates. Other young versions of One Piece favorites will also appear, including Nami, Zoro, and more.
One Piece‘s next film will focus on Shanks, the captain of the Red Hair Pirates and one of the Four Emperors. Shanks is an important part of the series lore, as he inspired protagonist Monkey D. Luffy to become a pirate and gave him the straw hat that he now wears.
“Uta — the most beloved singer in the world. Renowned for concealing her own identity when performing, her voice has come to be described as ‘otherworldly,’” reads the official synopsis for the film. “Now, for the first time ever, Uta will reveal herself to the world at a live concert. As the venue fills with all kinds of Uta fans — excited pirates, the Navy watching closely, and the Straw Hats led by Luffy who simply came to enjoy her sonorous performance — the voice that the whole world has been waiting for is about to resound. The story begins with the shocking fact that she is Shanks’ daughter.”
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One Piece Film: Red is directed by Goro Taniguchi (Code Geass) with a script written by Kuroiwa Tsuto (One Piece Film Gold). The creator of One Piece, Eiichiro Oda, is an executive producer for the film. The movie premieres on August 6, 2022 in Japan.