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One Piece Episode of Luffy: Hand Island no Bōken Ad Aired

posted on 2012-11-24 16:55 EST
Anime special to air on December 15 right after One Piece Film Z opens

A new ad began airing in Japan for One Piece Episode of Luffy: Hand Island no Bōken (One Piece Episode of Luffy: The Hand Island Adventure), the television anime special that will premiere on Saturday, December 15 at 9:00 p.m. (The One Piece television anime series normally airs on Sunday mornings.)

The special is a a tie-in story to the upcoming One Piece Film Z with the lead character Luffy. (The film will also open on December 15.) As in the film, original manga creator Eiichiro Oda is supervising the Hand Island no Bōken special with its new story. Hiroyuki Morita and Mitsuru Hongo are co-directing the special, and singer/designer Shizuka Kudou is collaborating with Oda on the costume designs.

The story of the Hand Island no Bōken special is set a little before the events of One Piece Film Z and depicts a major "Hand Island" incident during the New World storyline with the pirate captain Shanks. The story is set at "Cannon Town" where a parent and a child work as craftspeople. The incident revolves around them and a commodore of a marine base. The special will also have a flashback scene to the story in the first chapter of the manga, but with new animation.

One Piece Episode of Nami: Kōkaishi no Namida to Nakama no Kizuna (One Piece Episode of Nami: Tears of a Navigator and the Bonds of Friends) is another special that also aired on a Saturday this past August.

[Via The One Piece Podcast]


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