During Labor Day Weekend 2022, the hit global anime franchise One Piece and its beloved pirates are dropping anchor at L.A. Memorial Coliseum for top-ranked USC Trojan’s 2022 season opening game against Rice University. On September 3, 2022, the USC Trojans will become honorary members of the Straw Hat Crew to celebrate the global theatrical release of One Piece Film Red in Fall 2022.

To mark the occasion, USC’s Trojan Marching Band will perform a special One Piece half time show at the Trojans season opener. The eight minute performance by the “Spirit of Troy” will feature a three-song set from One Piece consisting of (in order of performance) “We Are!,” “New Genesis” and “Over the Top!”

“We’re thrilled to partner with USC to cap off our summer celebration of One Piece Film Red with this special half-time show at the Trojan’s Labor Day Weekend season opener,” said Lisa Yamatoya, director of global marketing for Toei Animation Inc. “We invite fans around the world to join us for film’s theatrical release this fall. “

Produced by Toei Animation and based on the top-selling manga title of all time by Eiichiro Oda, One Piece features an epic quest to find One Piece, the legendary treasure of the former King of the Pirates, Gol D. Roger. One Piece Film Red will be the 15th film from the franchise when it hits U.S. theaters in Fall 2022.

“We are proud to partner with a world-class company like Toei Animation Inc. in promoting the One Piece Film Red through an exciting live performance from the USC Trojan Marching Band,” said Drew DeHart, vice president and general manager of USC Sports Properties and Playfly Sports. “The USC Trojans are fired up to join the Straw Hat Crew for the season opener!”

Film Synopsis
Uta—the most beloved singer in the world whose voice has been described as “otherworldly”—is renowned for concealing her own identity when performing. Now, for the first time ever, she will reveal herself to the world at a live concert. With the Navy watching closely, the venue fills with Uta’s fans—including excited pirates and the Straw Hats led by Luffy, who simply came to enjoy her sonorous performance—all eagerly awaiting the voice that the whole world has been waiting for to resound. The story begins with the shocking revelation that she is the enigmatic Shanks’ daughter.