The producer behind One piece: red revealed the requests series creator Eiichiro Oda had for the new film before it fully began production. It was officially announced last year that the next film in the franchise was officially in the works, and while Oda hasn’t written the film’s story like he may have in the past, the creator has been involved in new production. a little. As the executive producer of the new film, Oda has been involved in the production from the start and even received requests for the new film before it was launched.
Toei Animation Shinji Shimizu spoke about One Piece: Red at Toei’s 2022 film lineup press conference (as detailed by Anime News Network) and explained that Oda had two major requests for the new film. The first was to bring in a director who isn’t involved with the TV anime (which ended up happening with Code Geass franchise director Goro Taniguchi signing on to direct the movie), and the second ensured that a female character had a significant role in the new film. Fortunately, both requests were fulfilled.
As Shimizu explained, Toei Animation was able to fulfill both of Oda’s requests for the new film by signing Taniguchi as director following his relationship with Oda in the past as one of the first animators to have never brought Luffy to the screens. As for the second, Shimizu admitted there was a bit of a struggle in ensuring a female character had a significant role. Although he noted that it was difficult at first, screenwriter Tsutomu Kuroiwa (who also wrote the script for One Piece Film: Gold) managed to make it work.
At the same time, it looks like Oda will be more heavily involved in the production of this new movie and while there’s still a lot we don’t know what to expect, it won’t be long before it won’t be released in theaters. An international release date has yet to be set as of this writing, but One piece: red is currently slated for release in Japan on August 6th. What do you think? What are you hoping to see in the next One Piece movie? Let us know all your thoughts on this in the comments! You can even contact me directly about all things anime and other cool stuff @Valdezology on Twitter!