The anime movie One Piece Film: Red nabbed the top spot in the Japanese box office over the weekend. People bought 1.58 million tickets to see it, raking in 2.254 billion yen (approximately $16.7 million).
This is impressive for its opening weekend, especially when you consider that it made 78% more than the earlier One Piece movie (One Piece Stampede) did on its opening weekend. And One Piece Stampede’s opening weekend consisted of three days, because it debuted on a Friday. One Piece Film: Red debuted on a Saturday.
In addition to regular screenings in Japan, One Piece Film: Red is being offered at IMAX, and on opening day you could watch it on MX4D, 4DX, and Dolby Atmos screenings.
The movie stars Shanks’ daughter Uta, who is voiced by Kaori Nazuka (speaking) and Ado (singing). The theme song “Shinjidai” (translated as “New Genesis”) is also sung by Ado.
The movie will eventually make it to American theaters sometime this autumn, where it will be available to watch both dubbed and subbed. Crunchyroll will also be releasing it in theaters in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
Creator Eiichiro Oda is involved with One Piece Film Red as the executive producer. The movie is directed by Goro Taniguchi, who previously worked on One Piece: Defeat The Pirate Ganzak! The screenplay was written by Tsutomu Kuroiwa, who has also worked on One Piece Film Gold and One Piece: Heart of Gold.
One Piece is the most successful manga ever, and it’s spun off into an anime series and multiple movies. VIZ Media publishes the original manga, and gave this description of the first volume:
“As a child, Monkey D. Luffy was inspired to become a pirate by listening to the tales of the buccaneer ‘Red-Haired’ Shanks. But his life changed when Luffy accidentally ate the Gum-Gum Devil Fruit and gained the power to stretch like rubber…at the cost of never being able to swim again! Years later, still vowing to become the king of the pirates, Luffy sets out on his adventure…one guy alone in a rowboat, in search of the legendary ‘One Piece,’ said to be the greatest treasure in the world…”
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, plus its sequel, Manga Art for Everyone, and the first-of-its-kind manga chalk book Chalk Art Manga, both illustrated by professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.