2009 One Piece Moviegoers to Get Manga Vol. 0 in Japan (Update 2)
posted on by Egan Loo
Japanese moviegoers who see this year's One Piece Film Strong World will receive the "0th volume" of Eichiro Oda's One Piece pirate manga. Oda launched his manga about the young pirate captain Monkey D. Luffy in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine 12 years ago in 1997, but the manga in the upcoming "One Piece Kan-Zero" bonus gift will depict the world of One Piece of 20 years ago. In the real world, Oda was a junior high school student 20 years ago when he conceived of the earliest concepts of the pirate manga that would eventually become One Piece.
13 years ago, Oda had drawn two separate pirate stories called Romance Dawn in Weekly Shonen Jump's Summer Special issue and 41st issue of 1996 — one year before One Piece officially launched. (The "Romance Dawn" title eventually inspired the name of One Piece's first manga chapter.) Both Romance Dawn stories have already been republished in Japan in the One Piece Red and Wanted books. Romance Dawn was also animated into a short for last year's Jump Super Anime Tour.
Munehisa Sakai's One Piece Film Strong World 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. Film actor Naoto Takenaka, television host Aiko Kaitō, and Olympic gold-medal-winning swimmer Kōsuke Kitajima are among the guest voices in the cast. The film will open in Japan on December 12. Over 170 million copies of the One Piece manga volumes have been published.
Update: The December issue of Viz Media's Shonen Jump magazine will feature the first chapter of the earlier Romance Dawn manga. Thanks, Drac.
Update 2: According to Comic Natalie, the volume will be limited to the first 1.5 million moviegoers. The volume's story will link to the story of the film, and the volume will include the materials that Oda drew for the movie.
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