The most popular pirate adventure series is back, with yet another anime film promised for the next year. “One Piece Film: Gold” will be released in Japan on July 23, according to Crunchyroll.
“One Piece” started as a manga series, created by Eiichiro Oda in July of 1997, and quickly evolved into a phenomenon that spanned countless volumes, anime episodes, and films. To date, there are over 79 volumes of manga, more than 700 episodes of the regular anime and 12 movies for “One Piece” already, which doesn’t even take into consideration the number of video games and other related paraphernalia surrounding the franchise. Needless to say, Monkey D. Luffy and his compatriots are well-loved by many.
Not much has been revealed about “One Piece Film: Gold” as of yet. Eiichiro Oda will be back as executive producer as he was for both the “Strong World” (2009) and “Z” (2013) movies before. Hiroaki Miyamoto will be directing, and Tsutomu Kuroiwa will be writing the film’s script.
As for what the movie will actually be about, fans are still speculating. Many are hoping that because of the film’s title, the story will center around Gol D. Roger, the King of Pirates. Little has been told of his adventures because the manga series begins with Gol D. Roger’s speech about his treasure, the One Piece, seconds before he is about to be executed. This would make sense with where the current story lines are headed in “One Piece.” However, it’s too soon to know for sure.
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Tickets for “One Piece Film: Gold” go on sale starting December 18.