One Piece’s Luffy, Ace and Whitebeard Appear in Anime’s Final Commercial Collaboration With Nissin Cup Noodles

10.February.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

Instant noodle brand Nissin Foods released their final animated commercial in collaboration with the One Piece anime series on February 7. The commercial is part of the company’s “HUNGRY DAYS” series of ads.

The commercial comes as the sequel to their first collaboration with the anime series which featured the character Zoro back in May. The video gained huge attention across social media with a combined view count of over 22 million views across Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, making it Nissin’s most watched online video. Together with the trailer announcing the start of the series and the second collaboration, the series as a whole has amassed over 44 million views across their social media platforms.

In the final video, which translates to “Cavalry Battle,” we see a shift in one from all the commercials up to now. It portrays the original story’s Battle of Marineford as a massive, heated cavalry battle as seen in the series’ sports episodes.

Keep an eye out for a number of different characters, such as Luffy, Ace, Whitebeard, Blackbeard, and more. The characters are voiced by the original cast, and there is also narration by popular Japanese voice actress Megumi Hayashibara who voices Rebecca in the One Piece anime. The character design is by Eisaku Kubonouchi, and the music used to portray the hot-blooded battle is Maximum the Hormone’s song Hungry Pride.

 

See the epic conclusion to this series below.

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    Mashima: “There are many things I think about… like how can I improve it or build on it… and of course, I’m constantly thinking about the manga. When i am drawing illustrations, I’m usually just talking like this while I’m at it so I’m not particularly thinking of anything. I know it’s not good to just draw without really thinking [laughs] I should probably change that…{

     

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    Mashima: Maybe aspiration is the stronger theme. I had so many friends when I was in school but when I started working, I lost most of my friends. It would be nice to have some.”

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    Kirin Lemon is a long-selling carbonated drink brand that celebrated its 90th anniversary last year. Kirin Brewery, the company that created the drink, changed the can design and flavour on April 9 this year. Last year they also carried out the “KIRIN LEMON Tribute” to hugely positive reception, and this year, the brewery is bringing it back.

     

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    LiSA: The clothes had a different image from what I normally wear, but they felt like something a grown-up would wear and had this invigorating quality to them just like Kirin Lemon!

     

    ——-Tell us something that happened to you while shooting.
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    ——-What are your thoughts on this collaboration?
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    09.May.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    UNIQLO are set to release a new collection of One Piece t-shirts from their t-shirt graphic brand UT on May 10 online and at all stores across Japan.

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    The new t-shirt collection celebrates the series’ 20th anniversary with designs of iconic scenes. “Friendship, Love & Bonds” are the keywords in these designs which feature familiar faces of characters. They are a must-have for any fan of the show.

     

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