The upcoming One Piece Film Red movie will release in Japanese theaters on August 6, 2022. Shueisha and Toei Animation announced the film’s release date alongside the anime’s 1000th episode. Directing the movie is Code Geass creator Goro Taniguchi, with Eiichiro Oda producing. There is currently no confirmed North American or European release. [Thanks, Famitsu!]
「𝑶𝑵𝑬 𝑷𝑰𝑬𝑪𝑬 𝑭𝑰𝑳𝑴 𝑹𝑬𝑫」
— 『ONE PIECE FILM RED』【公式】 (@OP_FILMRED) November 21, 2021
One Piece Film Red will follow the story of a new red-haired character with a powerful singing voice. In a message to fans, Oda stated that he was “tired of drawing legendary old men in movies” and wanted to draw a girl. He also highlighted that the movie’s director Goro Taniguchi was in fact the first person to animate the One Piece series back in 1998, with the release of One Piece: Defeat Him! The Pirate Ganzack! OVA.
Notably, the teaser reveals that the character Shanks will appear in the film. The official Funimation announcement also reveals that One Piece: Unlimited World Red‘s Patrick Redfield will be the movie’s central antagonist.
While Shueisha and Toei Animation have not confirmed a Western release, the teaser trailer does feature an official English translation. Furthermore, the English version of the movie’s official website states that One Piece Film: Red is “coming soon”. This may indicate that a Western release is currently in the works.
You can check out the teaser trailer below:
One Piece Film Red will release in Japanese theaters on August 6, 2022. There is currently no confirmed Western release date.