Japanese Title: ワンピースフィルム Z
Romaji: Wan Pi-su Firumu Z
Release Date: 15th December 2012 (Japan)
Running Time: N/A
Director: Tatsuya Nagamine
Writer: Osamu Suzuki (Script),Eiichiro Oda (original manga)
Starring: Mayumi Tanaka (Monkey D. Luffy), Cho (Brook), Kazuya Nakai (Roronoa Zoro), Akemi Okamura (Nami), Yuriko Yamaguchi (Nico Robin), Hiroaki Hirata (Sanji), Ikue Ohtani (Tony Tony Chopper), Kazuki Yao (Franky), Kappei Yamaguchi (Usopp), Teruyuki Kagawa (Bins)
A trailer has been released for the forthcoming big screen adaptation of Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece which gets a release next month.
With the Straw Hat Pirates in the New World they face having to save it and pirates everywhere since a legendary ex-Navy admiral named Zetto is leading a group who want to destroy all pirates. Monkey D. Luffy will have to rally his crew to defeat their most powerful enemy yet!
One Piece was an anime I could ignore when it came on UK television. I am not really a fan of shounen titles. Then I read the Thriller Bark arc of the manga and enjoyed it tremendously. The film will cover the “Saigo no Umi Shinsekai Hen” or New World Saga arc of the manga which was launched in October 2010. The trailer showcases the two songs, “Bad Reputation” and “How You Remind Me”, performed by Avril Lavigne who admitted to being a big One Piece fan herself. This admission lead to the production company approaching her to provide the theme songs for the film.
The film has been written by Eiichiro Oda, the creator of the original manga who is also producing the film. He has been helped with the screenplay by Osamu Suzuki. It is directed by Tatsuya Nagamine who has worked on massive franchise movies like Dragonball and the Pretty Cure.
The familiar One Piece seiyuu are back with Mayumi Tanaka (Krilin in Dragonball) voicing Monkey D. Luffy, Akemi Okamura (Asuka Kaminogi in Noein) voicing the sexy Nami and Hiroaki Hirata (Tatsuji in Another, Benny in Black Lagoon, Wild Tiger in Tiger and Bunny) voicing Sanji. They are joined by live-action actor Teruyuki Kagawa (Tokyo Sonata, Key of Life) and the singer Ryoko Shinohara (Kamikaze Girls, Summer of Ubume).
The film will be released on the 15th of December!