One Piece Kabuki Play's Luffy Stars in Adventure of Nevlandia Winter Special
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
The first 2016 issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine (cover pictured at right) is announcing on Monday that Ichikawa Ennosuke IV, who played Luffy in the One Piece kabuki play, is guest starring as Kōmei in the One Piece ~Adventure of Nevlandia~ winter television special. Kōmei is a member of a family of genius tacticians and one of the new subordinates in the Foxy Pirates. The magazine also unveiled Eiichiro Oda's character designs for the three new Foxy Pirates members.
Actor Hōka Kinoshita (Solomon's Perjury, The Parasite Doctor Suzune: Genesis x Evolution) is playing Kanshō, and Team Nacs theatrical play unit member Takuma Otoo (Howl's Moving Castle, When Marnie Was There) is playing Dōjack.
The special with a completely original story will take place on a "Devil Fruit blocking" fog island in the New World that keeps Devil Fruit users from being able to use their powers. The Straw Hat crew will also again meet and have a rematch with the Foxy Pirates from the Davy Back Fight arc. Foxy now has three new subordinates: Dōjack, Kanshō, and Kōmei.
Kōmei devises a plan where Zoro and Sanji take part in an eating contest, and the two eat a strange "good-for-nothing-only" mushroom that turns them into good-for-nothing men. The two are then locked in a jail cell. When the rest of the Straw Hat Pirates chase after their imprisoned crew, they land on the island of Nevlandia, which features a mysterious fog made from sea water, and it has the same effects as seastone. The Straw Hat Pirates' arrival on Nevlandia is also a part of Kōmei's plan.
Kônosuke Uda (One Piece episodes 1-278, One Piece: Dead End, One Piece: Mega Mecha Soldier of Karakuri Castle) is directing the special. Namie Amuro (One Piece opening 14) is performing the theme song "Black Make Up."
The special will air on December 19 from 9:00 p.m. to 11:10 p.m. on Fuji TV, and the end of the special will feature an "important announcement."
The previous TV special, One Piece Episode of Sabo, aired on August 22. The upcoming issue of Weekly Shonen Jump magazine will also reveal on Monday that the 13th One Piece film is titled One Piece Film Gold, and it will open in Japan on July 23.
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