The Twitter account for the upcoming film One Piece Film Red revealed the Straw Hat Pirates’ exclusive movie outfits and confirmed Shanks will appear. While the art is uncolored, it still allows viewers to have a good look at the unique fashion Luffy and his friends will be sporting during the movie. Eiichiro Oda, the creator of One Piece, designed the outfits.
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— 『ONE PIECE FILM RED』【公式】 (@OP_FILMRED) December 19, 2021
In the movie, the Straw Hat Pirates will visit a certain island to participate in a music festival. Knowing that the plot will involve a music festival may put their clothing into perspective. For example, the fans that Chopper has in his bandana resemble the ones that idol fans wave to cheer on their biases.
You can see the individual concept art for the Straw Hat Pirates here:
Shueisha and Toei Animation announced One Piece Film Red alongside the 1000th episode of the anime. Goro Taniguchi, who directed One Piece: Defeat The Pirate Ganzack in 1998, is the director for the film. This is also the first One Piece movie to feature Jinbe as an official member of the Straw Hat Pirates.
There is also a hand-written message from Eiichiro Oda that is available from the One Piece Twitter account. Here is a translation. It confirms Shanks will be in One Piece Film Red.
To everyone who is here at Jump Festa, as well as everyone watching: Hello! This is Shohei Odatani, wielding the two swords of Shoulder Pain and Waist Pain. This year started with a party for the 1000th chapter, and then we had a party for the 100th volume, and then we ended with a party for the 1000th episode of the anime. It was a year full of parties. Did you enjoy all the different events? There were also several announcements. For example, the cast for the Hollywood version of One Piece! They’re perfect, right? Those five are really great! We’re developing the movie slowly and carefully. And also, Film Red! Shanks is actually a character with lots of mysteries. Like, what is his relationship with the mysterious girl? Is he going to meet Luffy? This is the first time Shanks has properly been in a movie. I’ve been warned to not announce anything but they can’t stop me if I write things down first! Next year will be the 25th anniversary of the manga! Or so I hear. My editors are planning lots of exciting things so please look forward to that! In regards to the actual plot, I’m surprised that Wano Country isn’t over yet. But in any case, please pay attention to the protagonist, Luffy! I hope I can draw him well! And also, I’ve been wanting to draw the last scene of Wano Country for a long time! Guagh! …As you can see, One Piece will still be just as exciting next year. Thank you for your support!
One Piece Film Red will come out on August 6, 2022 in Japanese movie theaters.