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Code Geass' Goro Taniguchi Directs One Piece Film Red Opening on August 6, 2022

posted on by Egan Loo, Crystalyn Hodgkins

The 1,000th episode of the One Piece anime announced on Sunday that Goro Taniguchi (Code Geass) will direct One Piece Film Red, a new One Piece anime film.

Tsutomu Kuroiwa (One Piece Film Gold, One Piece: Heart of Gold, GANTZ:O, live-action Black Butler) is writing the screenplay, and One Piece manga creator Eiichiro Oda himself is serving as executive producer. The film will open in Japan on August 6, 2022.

To celebrate the anime's 1,000th episode, the official YouTube channel for the franchise posted a 17-minute video that features one second from all 1,000 episodes. (The two videos below are the same but have different region availability.)

The 1,000th episode also featured a new animated opening sequence featuring the show's first theme song "We Are" and remaking the opening footage from that original opening.

One Piece Stampede, the 14th and most recent film in the franchise, opened in Japan in August 2019, and earned more than 10 billion yen (about US$93 million) at the box office worldwide. Funimation premiered the film in cinemas in the the United States and Canada in October 2019. The film celebrated the anime's 20th anniversary.

Update: Taniguchi previously directed the One Piece: Defeat The Pirate Ganzak! special, which received a limited theatrical run 24 years ago.

Update 2: Toei Animation confirmed with ANN that Oda drew the character design for the movie-original female character featured in the above visual.

Sources: One Piece episode 1000, One Piece franchise's YouTube channel and Twitter account, Email correspondence

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