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One Piece Film Trailer, Uchurei's 1st Episode Streamed

posted on by Egan Loo
One Piece Film Strong World in December; Uchurei TV debuted in Japan on Sunday

The official website for the One Piece anime films has begun streaming the full 96-second trailer for this December's One Piece Film Strong World on Saturday. This movie is the 10th installment in the long-running theatrical franchise based on Eiichiro Oda's pirate manga. Unlike previous One Piece films, Oda is personally overseeing this film's production. He created the movie's story and has drawn over 120 pages of rough drawings for its production.

The film will open in Japan on December 12. Viz Media will publish the 22nd volume of the original manga in North America in October, and it plans to run the latest chapters from Japan in the English Shonen Jump magazine this fall. Funimation has been releasing the television anime version and the eighth film, One Piece: The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventure in Alabasta.

TV Tokyo's official website for the Uchurei television anime series has begun streaming the first three-minute episode, "Uchūjin no Yūrei no Kan." The "summer supernatural teen comedy" revolves around an ordinary high school boy named Takashi who ends up living with a space alien's spirit (uchūjin no yūrei) after a strange incident. He names the creature "Uchurei" and plans to keep it as a pet, but becomes possessed by it.

Hakuhodo's Taisuke Hata created the project, and the Robot Cage studio team has been animating it. Robot is the animation studio that La Maison en Petits Cubes director Kunio Katō famously thanked in his Oscar acceptance speech with a reference to Styx's "Mr. Roboto" song ("Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto") in February. Ryōko Yabuki is shooting the project off scripts by Kentarō Ushio. Robot Cage's Takuya Inaba (Nanami-chan) designed the characters.

Image © 2009 Robot/Hakuhodo

Source: Saishin Anime Jōhō

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