One Piece Anime Gets ‘Episode of East Blue’ Special in August 2017

This year’s 30th issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing that the One Piece anime is getting a two-hour special titled One Piece Episode of East Blue: Luffy to 4-nin no Nakama no Daibōken (Luffy and His 4 Crewmates’ Big Adventure). The special will air in Japan on August 26, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. The issue states that the anime will be a completely new work, featuring reanimated scenes from the beginning of the series through when the crew enters the Grand Line.

The special is commemorating the manga’s 20th anniversary, and will also feature anime versions the original manga’s chapter cover stories, although the issue doesn’t state which one(s) will be animated. Additionally, the special will feature a special 20th anniversary commemoration version of the original opening theme song “We Are!”.

Takashi Otsuka is directing the special, and Tomohiro Nakayama is writing the script. Masayuki Sato is the character designer and chief animation director.

Source: ANN

Dragon Ball Super Is Second Best Selling Graphic Novel for May 2017

Twelve manga volumes appeared on Nielsen BookScan’s Top 20 selling graphic novel list for May 2017:

  • Dragon Ball Super Volume 1 by Toyotarō and Akira Toriyama (#2)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 8 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#4)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition Volume 4 by Akira Himekawa (#6)
  • Attack on Titan Volume 21 by Hajime Isayama (#9)
  • Boruto Volume 1 by Ukyō Kodachi and Mikie Ikemoto (#11)
  • Tokyo Ghoul Volume 12 by Sui Ishida (#13)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Volume 1 by Akira Himekawa (#14)
  • Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 by Sui Ishida (#15)
  • Monster Musume Volume 11 by OKAYADO (#16)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition Volume 3 by Akura Himekawa (#17)
  • One Piece Volume 82 by Eiichiro Oda (#18)
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 3: Stardust Crusaders Volume 3 by Hirohiko Araki (#19)

Source: ANN

FUNimation Subpoenas Cloud Hosting Platform Over Copyright Infringement of One Piece Anime

FUNimation Entertainment has obtained and filed a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) subpoena to cloud hosting platform Digital Ocean, Inc. The subponea requests contact information for an alleged copyright infringer at an IP address served by Digital Ocean. Digital Ocean has until June 5, 2017 to respond to the subpoena.

FUNimation’s subpoena, which was filed with the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, alleges that an IP address owned by Digital Ocean “is being used for the unauthorized copying and distribution (downloading, uploading, file serving/swapping, streaming, stream embedding, torrent seeding, torrent tracking, torrent linking, other linking, link aggregating or any similar activities) of digital files embodying” the One Piece anime, which FUNimation holds the rights for North America. The subpoena claims that the content at the IP address violates FUNimation’s intellectual property rights, including its rights under the Copyright Act.

FUNimation has also requested that Digital Ocean “expeditiously causes all such infringing materials to be removed or blocked or freezes the account at issue until the account holder removes all infringing materials or disables access thereto.”

Source: ANN

Anime Soundtrack Review: One Piece 15th Anniversary Best Album

One Piece 15th Anniversary Best Album is a three-disc set that includes the first 15 opening themes, all 18 ending themes, as well as a handful of additional music tracks that appeared in One Piece prior to the release of this CD set.

One Piece 15th Anniversary Best Album
Publisher: Avex Entertainment Inc.
Release Date: January 16, 2013

I really liked how the songs in this set were sequenced. The 15 opening themes included in this set are all back-to-back on the first disc, most of the ending themes are back-to-back on the second disc, and the final disc contains the remaining ending themes and has the additional music tracks sequenced after the ending themes. What really sells me on this sequencing is that it allows me to hear how the opening themes progressed in chronological order, and this chronological order isn’t broken up by trying to insert the ending themes between the various openings. I can also say the same thing about the closing themes.

The set obviously opens with “We Are!,” since that was the first opening theme for One Piece. If you listen to this set, it will help if you’re a fan of “We Are!” There’s not just one version, not just two, not just three… there’s a total of five different versions of “We Are!” that are included in this set. Three versions appear on the first disc (but are fortunately spread out a little), and two versions are back-to-back on the third disc. My least favorite version of “We Are!” is the one on disc three that is credited to Fake Luffy. I don’t know who sings that version, but whoever they are better not give up their day job! I really enjoy the original version of “We Are!,” but the Seven Straw Hat Crew rendition comes in at a close second. I still remember being caught off-guard the first time this version appeared in the anime and kind of laughed at it at the time, but it’s a version that’s actually really good. It’s awesome to hear the voice actors singing together.

When it comes to the various themes that appear in One Piece, some are very memorable (such as “We Are!,” “Believe,” Memories,” and “Run! Run! Run!”), the series also has its fair share of themes that are kind of “meh” and can be forgettable. But that can be the case with any anime, though, especially one that has run as long as One Piece has (and still is at the time of this writing).

For those who are curious, the non-theme song tracks that appear on disc three are “Family” (a song by the Seven Straw Hat Crew), “Bink’s Sake” (a song by the Nine Straw Hat Crew), Fake Luffy’s version of “We Are!,” AAA’s version of “We Are!,” and Hyoue Ebata’s “Eternal Waves” (from the One Piece: Romance Dawn videogame).

I was blown away by “Eternal Waves,” since I had never heard it prior to listening to this CD. It’s a really good song, and it’s something I would have expected to hear in a movie instead of a videogame.

If you’re a fan of One Piece and enjoy the theme songs, then I would highly recommend acquiring One Piece 15th Anniversary Best Album. The best way to acquire this set is to look around at sites that sell Japanese import CDs and trying to find the best deal.

I wrote this review after listening to a copy of One Piece 15th Anniversary Best Album that my husband purchased for me as a birthday gift.

Toonami to Replace One Piece with Tokyo Ghoul

Adult Swim’s Toonami programming block has announced on Facebook that it is taking the One Piece anime series off its schedule starting on March 25, 2017. Toonami will start airing the Tokyo Ghoul anime series on the same day.

Toonami began airing One Piece in May 2013 starting with episode 207. The premiere garnered 995,000 viewers.

The programming block most recently added both Dragon Ball Super and Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn RE:0096 to its schedule starting on January 7, 2017. Toonami will debut Mamoru Oshii and Production I.G’s five-part hybrid live-action/CG micro-series Sand Whale and Me on March 18, 2017.

Source: ANN

My Hero Academia Is Best Selling Manga for February 2017

Seven manga titles made it onto Nielsen BookScan’s Top 20 selling graphic novels for February 2017:

  • My Hero Academia Volume 7 by Kohei Horikoshi (#3)
  • Tokyo Ghoul Volume 11 by Sui Ishida (#4)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition Volume 2 by Akira Himekawa (#5)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition Volume 1 by Akira Himekawa (#7)
  • One-Punch Man Volume 10 by Yusuke Murata and ONE (#11)
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 3 – Stardust Crusaders Volume 2 by Hirohiko Araki (#14)
  • One Piece Volume 81 by Eiichiro Oda (#18)

Source: The Fandom Post