Fathom Events and Toei Animation Collaborate on One Piece Film: Gold Fifth Anniversary Theatrical Screenings

Fathom Events and Toei Animation have announced that they will collaborate on a new theatrical screening for the One Piece Film: Gold anime film first screened in the United States in 2017, in celebration of its fifth anniversary. The film will screen as a two-night limited engagement in both English sub and dub on July 24, 2022 and July 26, 2022, respectively and will include an exclusive pre-show interview with One Piece Film Red director Goro Taniguchi.

Tickets for both screenings can be purchased on the Fathom Events website or participating theater box offices. For a complete list of theater locations, visit the Fathom Events website.

One Piece Film: Gold is described as:

The glittering Gran Tesoro, a city of entertainment beyond the laws of the government, is a sanctuary for the world’s most infamous pirates, Marines, and filthy rich millionaires. Drawn by dreams of hitting the jackpot, Captain Luffy and his crew sail straight for the gold. But behind the gilded curtains lies a powerful king whose deep pockets and deeper ambitions spell disaster for the Straw Hats and the New World alike.

Source: Crunchyroll

One Piece Franchise’s Two Day Event to Stream in Japanese and English on July 22-23, 2022

Bandai Namco Entertainment, Shueisha, and Toei Animation have announced that “One Piece Day,” a two day event that commemorates the anniversary of the debut of Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece manga, will stream in Japanese and English on YouTube on July 22-23, 2022. The livestream event will begin on July 22, 2022 at 4:50 a.m. EDT/5:50 p.m. JST. The full schedule is on the event’s official website.

The event will feature a preview of the upcoming One Piece Film Red anime film. There will also be information on various One Piece projects, as well as trivia battles.

Since 2017, the Japan Anniversary Association has acknowledged July 22 as “One Piece Day,” commemorating the anniversary of the manga’s debut (although the manga actually launched on July 19, 1997, it was advertised as launching on July 22, 1997).

Source: ANN

Netflix Adds More Episodes of the One Piece Anime to Its Service

The Fandom Post is reporting that Netflix has added more episodes of the One Piece anime to its service.

The new episodes added to the service come from the following arcs:

  • The Naval Fortress (11 episodes)
  • The Foxy Pirate Crew (22 episodes)
  • The “Water Seven” Chapter (35 episodes)

The One Piece episodes are available to users in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

Source: The Fandom Post

Crunchyroll to Distribute the One Piece Film Red Anime Film in Select Countries in Fall 2022

Crunchyroll and Toei Animation Inc. have announced their agreement for the theatrical distribution of One Piece Film Red in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. The 15th film from the globally popular One Piece franchise, One Piece Film Red will transport audiences to an all new adventure with Monkey D. Luffy and the Straw Hat pirates that delves deep into the mysterious character Shanks. The new movie is a production of Toei Animation and One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda and will be released in theaters this fall in both subtitled and dubbed versions.

“We’re excited to bring One Piece Film Red to theaters around the world this fall, which actually coincides with the 23rd anniversary of the One Piece franchise,” said Masayuki Endo, President and CEO of Toei Animation Inc. “This new film from creator Eiichiro Oda will truly captivate fans in a thrilling new adventure with the Straws Hats that features the debut of Uta – a mysterious new character in the world of One Piece.”

One Piece has been a cornerstone on Crunchyroll, delighting fans around the world. We’re thrilled to bring audiences the next adventure in this global franchise, and the adventure with a new stand-alone story in theaters,” said Mitchel Berger, Crunchyroll’s Senior Vice President of Global Commerce.

In celebration of its upcoming release, One Piece Film Red will take center stage at Anime Expo 2022 in Los Angeles, California with a series of special events hosted by Toei Animation Inc., which include an exclusive one-night music event with two-time Grammy® nominated artist Steve Aoki, “One Piece Film Red presents Steve Aoki Live,” and the “Toei Animation presents One Piece Film Red Panel” which features One Piece Producer Shinji Shimizu and, from the English dub, actors Brandon Potter (“Shanks”) and Ian Sinclair (“Brook”) and ADR Director Anthony Bowling.

One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda serves as the executive producer of One Piece Film Red which is directed by Goro Taniguchi and written by Tsutomu Kuroiwa.

Produced by Toei Animation and based on the top-selling manga title of all time by creator 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‘s global pop culture status is the crowning achievement for this anime franchise, which encompasses theatrical films, home videos, video games, and an ever-expanding catalog of licensed merchandise that includes accessories, toys, novelties, furniture, housewares, and apparel.

Film Synopsis

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.” 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.

Crunchyroll Announces Simulcasts for the Summer 2022 Anime Season

Crunchyroll has announced its anime simulcast lineup for the Summer 2022 season.

Classroom of the Elite II
Airtime: Launches on July 4, 2022 (Time TBA)
Available in: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East and CIS

The Devil Is a Part-Timer! Season 2
Airtime: Launches on July 14, 2022 (Time TBA)
Available in: North America, Central America, South America, Europe (excluding German-speaking territories), Africa, Oceania, the Middle East and CIS

The Girl From the Other Side
Airtime: TBA
Available in: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and CIS

Fuuto Pi
Airtime: TBA
Available in: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East and CIS

Rent-A-Girlfriend Season 2
Airtime: Launches on July 1, 2022 (Time TBA)
Available in: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East and CIS

ODDTAXI in the Woods
Airtime: TBA
Available in: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and CIS

Yurei Deco
Airtime: Launches on July 3, 2022 (Time TBA)
Available in: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and CIS

Black Summoner
Airtime: Launches on July 9, 2022 (Time TBA)
Available in: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East and CIS

Dr. Stone Special Episode – Ryusui
Airtime: TBA
Available in: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East and CIS

Dropkick on My Devil!!! X
Airtime: Launches on July 5, 2022 (Time TBA)
Available in: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East and CIS

Engage Kiss
Airtime: Launches July 2, 2022 (Time TBA)
Available in: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and CIS

Harem in the Labyrinth of Another World
Airtime: Launches July 6, 2022 (Time TBA)
Available in: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East and CIS

Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer
Airtime: Launches July 8, 2022 (Time TBA)
Available in: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East and CIS

Lycoris Recoil
Airtime: Launches July 2, 2022 (Time TBA)
Available in: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East and CIS

Musasi-no
Airtime: Launches July 2, 2022 (Time TBA)
Available in: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East and CIS

My Hero Academia Season 5 OVAs
Airtime: Summer 2022
Available in: the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, LATAM, and Europe (excluding French-speaking countries)

My Stepmom’s Daughter Is My Ex
Airtime: July 6, 2022 (Time TBA)
Available in: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East and CIS

Obey Me! The Anime Season 2
Airtime: July 22, 2022 (Time TBA)
Available in: the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand

Orient (Cour 2)
Airtime: July 11, 2022 (Time TBA)
Available in: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East and CIS

RWBY: Ice Queendom
Airtime: July 3, 2022 (Time TBA)
Available in: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East and CIS

Shadows House Season 2
Airtime: July 8, 2022 (Time TBA)
Available in: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East and CIS

Shine On! Bakumatsu Bad Boys
Airtime: July 8, 2022 (Time TBA)
Available in: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East and CIS

Shoot! Goal to the Future
Airtime: July 2, 2022 (Time TBA)
Available in: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East and CIS

Smile of the Arsnotoria The Animation
Airtime: July 6, 2022 (Time TBA)
Available in: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East and CIS

Teppen!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Laughing ‘Til You Cry
Airtime: July 1, 2022 (Time TBA)
Available in: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East and CIS

The Maid I Hired Recently Is Mysterious
Airtime: July 22, 2022 (Time TBA)
Available in: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East and CIS

The Prince of Tennis II: U-17 World Cup
Airtime: July 6, 2022 (Time TBA)
Available in: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, CIS, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and the Maldives

The Yakuza’s Guide to Babysitting
Airtime: July 7, 2022 (Time TBA)
Available in: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and CIS

TONIKAWA: Over the Moon For You Special Episode
Airtime: August 2022
Available in: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East and CIS

Utawarerumono Mask of Truth
Airtime: July 2, 2022 (Time TBA)
Available in: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East and CIS

A Couple of Cuckoos
Airtime: Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. PDT
Available in: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and CIS

Aoashi
Airtime: Saturdays at 5:00 a.m. PDT
Available in: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and CIS

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Airtime: Sundays at 2:00 a.m. PDT
Available in: Crunchyroll members worldwide excluding Japan, and Premium members in French-speaking territories

Case Closed
Airtime: Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. PDT
Available in: the United States and United States territories, Canada, the United Kingdom and United Kingdom territories, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand

Delicious Party Pretty Cure
Airtime: Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. PDT
Available in: North America, Latin America including the Caribbean, South America, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa

Digimon Ghost Game
Airtime: Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. PDT
Available in: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and CIS

Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai
Airtime: Fridays at 6:00 p.m. PDT
Available in: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and CIS

Kingdom Season 4
Airtime: Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. PDT
Available in: North America, Central America, South America, Europe (excluding French-speaking territories), Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, CIS and India

Love All Play
Airtime: Saturdays at 3:00 a.m. PDT
Available in: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and CIS

One Piece
Airtime: Saturdays at 6:00 p.m. PDT
Available in: North America, Central America, South America, the Caribbean, Europe, MENA, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa

Shadowverse Flame
Airtime: Fridays at 7:30 p.m. PDT
Available in: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and CIS

Source: Crunchyroll

Top 20 Selling Manga for May 2022

NPD BookScan has announced the Top 20 selling manga for May 2022:

  1. Spy x Family Volume 1 by Tatsuya Endo
  2. Death Note Short Stories by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata
  3. Spy x Family Volume 7 by Tatsuya Endo
  4. Spy x Family Volume 2 by Tatsuya Endo
  5. Berserk Hardcover Volume 1 by Kentarou Miura
  6. Spy x Family Volume 4 by Tatsuya Endo
  7. Spy x Family Volume 6 by Tatsuya Endo
  8. Chainsaw Man Volume 10 by Tatsuki Fujimoto
  9. Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 0 by Gege Akutami
  10. Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun Volume 1 by Iroaida
  11. One Piece Volume 99 by Eiichiro Oda
  12. Spy x Family Volume 5 by Tatsuya Endo
  13. My Dress-Up Darling Volume 5 by Shinichi Fukuda (#14)
  14. My Hero Academia Volume 1 by Kohei Horikoshi
  15. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – Stories of Water and Flame by Koyoharu Gotouge and Ryoji Hirano
  16. My Hero Academia Volume 30 by Kohei Horikoshi
  17. Sailor Moon Naoko Takeuchi Collection Volume 1 by Naoko Takeyuchi
  18. Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun Volume 13 by Iroaida
  19. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Volume 1 by Koyoharu Gotouge
  20. Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun Volume 2 by Iroaida

Source: The Fandom Post

One Piece Manga to Take a One Month Break Starting on June 27, 2022

The official Twitter account for the One Piece manga has announced that its serialization in Weekly Shonen Jump will be suspended for a month (four issues) starting from its 30th issue to be released on June 27, 2022. The serialization will resume in its 34th issue, which will go on sale on July 25, 2022.

The statement writes the reason for the one month break is that Oda needs time to prepare for the 25th anniversary of the serialization and the release of the forthcoming new anime feature film One Piece Film Red. He also expresses a desire to go to Africa to supervise Netflix’s upcoming live-action series inspired by his manga. He says, “Four weeks! Give me time to steady my breathing!”

Back in 2019, Oda announced that the story of One Piece “will end in five years.” In this statement, he again says, “I want to reorganize the last arc so that I can close it as soon as possible.”

Source: Crunchyroll

Six More Cast Members Announced for the Live-Action One Piece Series

Six more cast members have been announced for Netflix’s forthcoming live-action One Piece series:

  • Alexander Maniatis is Klahadore
  • Steven Ward is Mihawk
  • Craig Fairbrass is Chef Zeff
  • Langley Kirkwood is Captain Morgan
  • Celeste Loots is Kaya
  • Chioma Umeala is Nojiko

Tomorrow Studios, a partnership between producer Marty Adelstein and ITV Studios, is producing the live-action series. Matt Owens is the show’s writer. Steven Maeda and Becky Clements are executive producers.

Adelstein stated in a video message shown at Jump Festa in 2017 that the live-action Hollywood television series adaptation of the manga will start with the East Blue arc and will “broaden from there.” Adelstein also stated that the series promises to create “a true One Piece” after he discussed the project with Eiichiro Oda, the creator of the manga, personally.

Netflix will exclusively stream the series, and the first season will have 10 episodes.

Source: ANN

Spy x Family Is #1 on the NPD BookScan Adult Graphic Novels List for May 2022

Manga volumes occupied 19 spots on NPD BookScan’s Top 20 adult graphic novels list for May 2022:

  • Spy x Family Volume 1 by Tatsuya Endo (#1)
  • Death Note Short Stories by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata (#2)
  • Spy x Family Volume 7 by Tatsuya Endo (#4)
  • Spy x Family Volume 2 by Tatsuya Endo (#5)
  • Berserk Hardcover Volume 1 by Kentarou Miura (#6)
  • Spy x Family Volume 4 by Tatsuya Endo (#7)
  • Spy x Family Volume 6 by Tatsuya Endo (#8)
  • Chainsaw Man Volume 10 by Tatsuki Fujimoto (#9)
  • Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 0 by Gege Akutami (#10)
  • Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun Volume 1 by Iroaida (#11)
  • One Piece Volume 99 by Eiichiro Oda (#12)
  • Spy x Family Volume 5 by Tatsuya Endo (#13)
  • My Dress-Up Darling Volume 5 by Shinichi Fukuda (#14)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 1 by Kohei Horikoshi (#15)
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – Stories of Water and Flame by Koyoharu Gotouge and Ryoji Hirano (#16)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 30 by Kohei Horikoshi (#17)
  • Sailor Moon Naoko Takeuchi Collection Volume 1 by Naoko Takeyuchi (#18)
  • Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun Volume 13 by Iroaida (#19)
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Volume 1 by Koyoharu Gotouge (#20)

Source: ANN

Anime Blu-ray/DVD Combo Review: One Piece Collection 29

One Piece Collection 29 packages together One Piece Season Eleven Voyage Six and One Piece Season Eleven Voyage Seven. This set includes four DVDs and four Blu-ray Discs. Between the two sets in this release, there are 26 episodes included.

Episodes can be watched with either the English dub or with the Japanese audio with English subtitles. It should also be noted that in addition to watching episodes or using the “Play All” option, there is also a marathon feature, which allows you to watch all the episodes on a disc back-to-back without interruption. In the marathon feature, the opening credits only play once, and there are no next episode previews.

One Piece Collection 29
English Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Format: Blu-ray/DVD Combo
Release Date: April 12, 2022

The first six episodes work at setting the stage for the various conflicts that are happening across Dressrosa. Usopp has to once again take down Sugar, but this time, having to do it from an extreme distance… and there’s a chance that he might not succeed. Rebecca makes it to the flower field but discovers that Diamante is waiting there. Luffy makes it to the flower field with Law, and Rebecca gives Luffy the key to Law’s handcuffs. Leo and Kabu head off to rescue Princess Mansherry when Viola uses her power to find where she is. Robin, Bartolomeo, and Cavendish are up against Gladius and the large nutcrackers. Luffy and Law make it to the roof of the place, where Doflamingo is, along with Trebol and Bellamy. And various combatants from the Coliseum are taking on some of the Donquixote Family executives.

At this point, the focus of the episodes settles down on Luffy and Law. A controlled Bellamy and Doflamingo’s double are up against Luffy, and they end up falling to the floor below. This leaves Law and Doflamingo battling each other, and the beginning of this battle leads into Law’s backstory. The next roughly eight to nine episodes focus on Law’s backstory, and it also includes some backstory for Doflamingo as well. This may seem like a lot of episodes for backstory, but honestly, it needed to be this long due to how complicated of a life Law had as a child and a young teenager. In the span of a few short years, Law lost a lot of important people in his life, and he is also infected with a disease that he knows he’s going to die from. At least Law had Corazon (Doflamingo’s brother) as a guiding force near the end of the flashback. Thanks to Corazon getting a hold of the Op-Op Fruit, Law was able to cure his illness. Unfortunately, Corazon is killed by his own brother, but he and Law developed such a bond that it’s what’s driving Law to do his current mission. It’s no wonder Law is such the complicated character that he is. Even though we get some backstory for Doflamingo, it doesn’t make him any more sympathetic. After seeing this backstory, I think it’s safe to say that no matter what way his life went, he would have ended up being an asshole. There was nothing in his backstory to redeem him.

Over the remaining episodes of the set, we start seeing some of the Donquixote Family executives either going down, or in the case of Baby 5, changing sides. We get a brief backstory for Baby 5 that explains why she behaves the way she does, but it’s nowhere near as tragic as Law’s backstory. Sad, yes, but not really tragic. During the fight between Franky and Senor Pink, we also get backstory for Senor Pink… and, like Law, his is on the tragic side. After learning why Senor Pink dresses the way he does, it made me ashamed of the fact that I’d been thinking of him as a weird guy and wondering why all these girls kept hanging around him like groupies.

Giolla tries to heal the executives who have gone down with Princess Mansherry’s power, but Leo comes in to save Mansherry and take down Giolla. Poor Leo doesn’t pick up on the fact that Mansherry seems to have a crush on him, though, and the two of them argue. If it wasn’t for Kabu, these two might have been captured by some of the Donquixote Family’s lackeys.

After Senor Pink’s backstory, the rest of the set starts seeing more of the Donquixote Executives falling. At the end of the set, there are only three antagonists remaining. It’s becoming clear that the Dressrosa arc is getting closer to its resolution.

I really enjoyed One Piece Collection 29. While there was a bit of jumping around between various battle fronts, the story kept moving forward. The momentum of the fights picks up in the last few episodes in the set, especially after making it past the backstory arcs. But, to me, the two compelling backstories (Law and Senor Pink) are the highlight of this set. I’m looking forward to when One Piece Collection 30 is released, so I can see how the Dressrosa arc continues… and I believe the arc finally ends in the next set as well.

When it comes to the bonus features, both the first DVD and the first Blu-ray Disc don’t have any. The second DVD doesn’t include any bonus features, but the second Blu-ray Disc includes the textless version of the opening song that appears in this set.

There are no bonus features on either the third DVD or on the third Blu-ray Disc. The fourth DVD doesn’t include any bonus features, but the fourth Blu-ray Disc includes another copy of the textless opening, as well as “One Piece Season 11 Voyage 7: ADR Directors Round Table.” The round table is hosted by Colleen Clinkenbeard (the English voice of Luffy), and she asks questions to the three main ADR Directors for One Piece. This feature runs for about half an hour, and you can see the camaraderie between the four as they have their discussions. It was a well done bonus feature, and I’m glad it was included on this release.

If you’re a One Piece fan who wants to own the series on home video, but don’t want to spend the time and money to track down each individual set that’s been released, these Collection sets are a good way to go.

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