Last year, Toei Animation officially announced the One Piece: Red movie for 2022. The official YouTube channel for the One Piece franchise posted a second trailer for the One Piece: Red movie. Its main selling point is that viewers will see the return of Red-Haired Shanks interact with Luffy and the Straw Hats. Since his early debut in the series, Shanks has gotten a makeover (or at least a new pair of pants), revealed in a sketch posted to Twitter by New World Arthur. This debut will also mark fifteen overall movies for the long-running franchise.
Sketch of (seemingly) Shanks's legs by Oda as promotion for One Piece Film: RED! pic.twitter.com/sMGvJU9NYg
— Artur – Library of Ohara (@newworldartur) April 10, 2022
Compared to the teasers fans have gotten in the past, this is now a full trailer for One Piece: Red. Besides the already known Shanks, a mysterious new character will also be revealed. This character was hinted to have significant ties to Shanks as well.
One Piece Red Trailer: Is it Canon?
Each of the One Piece movies has played around with the idea of the main series canon. As of now, the current timeline for One Piece: Red remains a mystery. What we do know is that Goro Taniguchu (Code Geass) is directing the movie. All of the original cast from the television anime will also be reprising their roles for the movie.
However, fans are speculating whether the return of Shanks will still take place during the War for Wano Arc or possibly before it. The trailer also hints at a bigger insight into Shanks and his history. Hopefully, this will be an aspect revealed in the movie.
One Piece: Red will premiere in Japanese theaters on August 6th, 2022. As of right now, the international version of the movie still hasn’t been released by Toei Animation. However, as the last movie comes out around the same time, fans can expect to see an English version around October.