ONE PIECE x Ninagawa Mika x RADWIMPS Release Stunning Clips for ‘WE ARE ONE.’
03.September.2021 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE
ONE PIECE, a manga running in the Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine for 24 years, will be releasing its 100th volume on September 3 2021.l, while the 1000th episode of the anime will be aired on November 21. To commemorate this major milestone, the franchise will be starting a number of grand projects to ‘connect’ with the world.
One of those grand projects is the ‘WE ARE ONE.’ mini series, with five videos co-produced by Toei Animation and Shueisha to be released starting on August 30, counting down until the release of the 100th volume on September 3.
The videos are directed by Ninagawa Mika, who has won a selection of awards within Japan and overseas for her vivid and colorful videos. Accepting the challenge to take charge of this unprecedented video project, the live action shots featuring known actors were directed by Ninagawa while the anime shots were produced by Toei Animation. The videos show off a new side to the wonderful world of ONE PIECE. RADWIMPS new song TWILIGHT will be used as the theme song as four protagonists step into the future in this short drama collection.
Scene1 is an animation featuring Zoro and Sanji of the Straw Hats. The pair usually bicker, but when they’re faced with losing their companions during the Davy Black Fight, the two join together to protect their gang. One the pair have decided to help make Luffy’s dream of becoming the pirate king come true, nobody can stop them!
Director Ninagawa Mika Comment
I feel like there are people who have read the series deeply, as well as those who happened to discover it, and those who are yet to read but are still able to sympathize with the story. I will be happy if everybody can enjoy the videos.
There are so many adults like us who grew up reading ONE PIECE, as well as students and parents, with all of us just trying to achieve our goals and targets each day. I feel that during those days, the ONE PIECE characters have always helped us to keep on pushing forward. It is my hope that this project will help people feel a little stronger when facing the future.
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©Oda Eiichiro / Shueisha, Fuji TV, Toei Animation
©Oda Eiichiro / Shueisha, Fuji TV, Toei Animation
ONE PIECE Comic Vol. 100 / Anime 1000th Episode Special Video Project ‘WE ARE ONE.’
Official Site: https://one-piece.com/weareone/
Upcoming One Piece Netflix Series Coming in 2023, First Live-Action Visual Revealed
03.February.2023 | ANIME&GAME
Netflix has announced that it will release the live-action adaptation of One Piece worldwide in 2023.
One Piece is one of Japan’s most popular and long-running manga series. Created by Eiichiro Oda, the manga has sold over 500 million copies worldwide.
The series was serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump in 1997, starting with the protagonist Monkey D. Luffy going on a journey with the Straw Hat Pirates to find the One Piece, a treasure that was left behind by the legendary “Pirate King” Gol D. Roger.
The live-action project has gained a ton of attention on social media, with the cast being revealed in 2022. As the world awaits more production news, the first live-action visuals have been released along with the news that the series is coming in 2023.
Following the hugely positive feedback for ONE PIECE FILM RED, fans are ready to see the Monkey D. Luffy once again in the first episode of the Netflix series titled ROMANCE DAWN – Dawn of Adventure-.
In the original series, Luffy, who admires the great pirate Shanks after meeting him in his hometown of Foosha as a child, decides to become the Pirate King, taking to the open seas to make his dream come true.
During his unpredictable adventures, Luffy meets a group of friends who he can always trust.
The newly-released visual shows Luffy (played by Iñaki Godoy) in his trademark straw hat, raising his right fist to the sky.
On his Instagram page, Godoy often posts pictures of his friends and fellow cast members including Mackenyu (Roronoa Zoro) and Jacob Gibson (Usopp). Fans have been largely pleased with the casting choices.
The extraordinary success of ONE PIECE FILM RED made headlines in 2022, as the film topped the yearly box office in Japan. It finally ended its theatrical run on January 29.
Will you be tuning in to the live-action Netflix series?
Coming to Netflix worldwide in 2023
RADWIMPS Releases OST for Makoto Shinkai’s New Anime Film Suzume no Tojimari
Japanese rock band RADWIMPS dropped the official soundtrack for Makoto Shinkai’s film Suzume no Tojimari on November 11, 2022, the same day of the movie’s release. The film is Shinkai’s first in three years and is a coming-of-age story that follows a girl named Suzume as she travels to disaster-stricken locations around Japan, closing doors to keep those nearby safe. Suzume Iwato, the heroine, will be played by Nanoka Hara, while Hokuto Matsumura will portray Souta Munakata.
The film is now in theaters. RADWIMPS and world-renowned film music composer Kazuma Jinnouchi collaborated on the soundtrack.
Some recording for the film was done overseas at the historic Abbey Road Studios in London, a first for a Shinkai film. In addition to the film’s theme songs Kanata Haruka and Suzume feat. Toaka, the soundtrack contains 25 songs from the film including Tamaki and Suzume no Namida, sung by Yojiro Noda. These songs were created during the film’s production but weren’t included in the movie itself.
The soundtrack is now available on iTunes and other major music streaming sites. Those purchasing the album will receive four different CD-size cards with unique designs. Special offers are limited and are only available for a short time, so don’t miss out!
Suzume no Tojimari Soundtrack
Release Date: November 11, 2022
Official Site: https://suzume-tojimari-movie.jp
ONE PIECE FILM RED and Cake.jp Collaboration Vending Machine Appears in AEON MALL Locations
13.November.2022 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD / MOVIE
Cake.jp, a website specializing in cakes and sweets, is installing special vending machines in AEON MALL locations! These machines are part of a collaboration with ONE PIECE FILM RED.
The collaboration vending machines will offer canned cakes inspired by Luffy, Uta, and Shanks from the popular film. Each cake tin features original designs by Cake.jp and each character’s cake has a unique flavor.
Luffy: A refreshing cake with orange cream, jelly, blueberry cream, and more.
Uta: A colorful cake with a variety of flavors including melon, lemon, orange, and blueberry cream.
Shanks: A chocolate-based cake with berry cream and a perfect balance of richness and acidity.
Collaboration Vending Machine
While the Cake.jp official website sells these cakes exclusively in a set of three, the collaborative vending machine allows customers to purchase them separately. Fans of all ages will love these tasty treats, so after seeing the film why not pick up some of these sweets for yourself or a friend?
ONE PIECE FILM RED × Cake.jp
Price: ¥1,200 each (Tax Included)
Official Site: https://cake.jp/
VANS and One Piece Announce First Collaboration Shoe Line
25.October.2022 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION
Famous sports brand VANS has announced a collaboration with the wildly popular manga and anime series One Piece! Fans can expect to find colorful shoes and apparel when the new items hit shelves next month.
Sk8-Hi Punk Hazard
The Sk8-Hi Punk Hazard sneakers were based on the original VANS Sk8-Hi silhouette. The sneakers show off the Straw Hat Crew’s adventures, with a frozen landscape on one side and a fiery landscape on the other. The characters sport the brand’s iconic checkerboard pattern.
VANS Classic Old Skools with a Devil Fruit Motif
The VANS Classic Old Skools sport the Devil Fruit, something that has given many characters in the show special abilities and powers. The VANS Classic Authentic sneakers are dotted with symbols and logos from One Piece, perfect for fans who want something a bit more subtle.
Robin & Nami’s Collab
The new collaboration VANS Skate Classics will feature Wanted Posters and will be available in either a Nami pattern or a Nico Robin pattern, with the One Piece logo on the outsole.
Art from Famed Japanese Artist Cookie!
For this unique collaboration, Japanese artist Cookie! provided some new art of Tony Tony Chopper. The Authentic 44 DX One Piece Cookie! features a pink checkerboard pattern with an illustration of the adorable character blended with Cookie! himself. The collection will also feature other goods including hats, bags, hoodies, shirts, and socks.
The Vans One Piece Collection will go on sale on November 11, 2022, at the Vans Story at APAC and VANS retailers nationwide. It’s unclear whether the items will be available to purchase overseas.
VANS × ONE PIECE
On Sale: November 11, 2022
Where to Buy: VANS Stores, VANS Carriers nationwide
Official Site: https://www.vansjapan.com/
Photographers Mika Ninagawa and Hiroaki Miyata Present Joint Art Project at APPI Kogen Ski Resort
From August 6 until October 20, 2022, the APPI Kogen Ski Resort in Iwate Prefecture is hosting a special art project titled A Butterfly’s Journey: Embracing Lights. Mika Ninagawa, a leading Japanese photographer active in film, design, and fashion, has teamed up with Hiroaki Miyata, a professor at Keio University’s School of Medicine and the man behind the theme project at the Japan Expo 2025. Miyata produced the exhibition and video works, and the exhibition itself focuses on sustainable art concepts. A large-scale video installation uses the site’s abandoned ski lift station as a canvas, wowing audiences. Don’t miss the many photographs on display as well!
APPI Art Project / A Butterfly’s Journey: Embracing Lights
Running: August 6 – October 30, 2022
10:00-15:30 (Last train down at 16:00)
*APPI Art Project Night Hours: 16:40-19:20 (Last train down at 20:40)
*APPI Art Project Nights will be held on Fridays and Saturdays, as well as from August 7 – August 15 (excluding August 11), September 18, and October 9
*Tickets sold until 10 minutes prior to last boarding time.
Ticket Details: https://www.appi.co.jp/snow-mountain-resort/ticket.html
Official Site: https://www.appi.co.jp/snow-mountain-resort/
RADWIMPS Begins Streaming Suzume no Tojimari Anime Film Theme Song
Anime director Makoto Shinkai and popular rock band RADWIMPS are teaming up for the third time, and fans are thrilled. The group will perform the theme for Shinkai’s upcoming film Suzuka no Tojimari, set to be released on November 11. The theme, Suzume feat. Toaka, is now available to stream on all major music streaming sites.
The theme can be heard in the film’s trailer, and features Toaka, a famous female singer known for her appearances on TikTok. “I felt a connection between Toaka and this song. No one else could come close,” RADWIMPS vocalist Yojiro Noda commented.
Suzume no Tojimari, Shinkai’s first new film in three years, is a coming-of-age story, following a girl named Suzume as she travels to disaster-stricken locations around Japan, closing doors to keep those nearby safe. Suzume Iwato, the heroine, will be played by Nanoka Hara. Hokuto Matsumura will portray Souta Munakata. Six more cast members have also been revealed, and the latest trailer shows off a bit more of the film’s incredible cast and world.
Suzume no Tojimari Trailer
The theme song and a bit of the film’s musical score can be heard in the new trailer, and many are calling this the most robust musical structure ever heard in a Shinkai film. What do you think?
Suzume feat. Toaka
Release Date: September 30, 2022
Streaming Links: https://lnk.to/RADsuzume
Suzume no Tojimari
Release Date: November 11, 2022
Official Site: https://suzume-tojimari-movie.jp/
CASETiFY Collaborates with One Piece for New iPhone 14 Series
03.October.2022 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION
Popular phone accessory brand CASETiFY has announced a new collection inspired by One Piece. This marks the third collaboration between the two, with the new items celebrating the release of One Piece Film: Red.
Dubbed the ‘Pirate Black Collection, the series was inspired by playing cards and plastic models. One highlight of the collection is the Golden Transponder Snail 3D AirPods Pro case, inspired by the communication device from the Marine’s Buster Call. Both a display piece and a protective case, the outer shell features a metallic gold finish with painted eyeballs and a keychain.
Along with the 3D AirPods Pro case, the lineup includes plenty of items perfect for every kind of One Piece fan, including the Motif case covered in icons from the series, the Thousand Sunny Ship Case featuring the Straw Hat crew’s ship, and the Brotherhood Sticker Case highlighting the bond between Luffy, Sabo, and Ace.
The poker card character case uses playing cards as a motif, and features six fan-favorite duos including Luffy & Shanks and Ace & Sabo. Don’t miss the movie-exclusive Uta & Shanks version!
Limited-edition 25th-anniversary accessories will also be available, including water bottles, Macbook sleeves, iPad covers, Apple Watch straps, and more.
Those who have already registered for the waitlist on the CASETiFY online store will be the first allowed access to the collection on October 5, 2022. See the official website for more details.
©E.O./S.,T.A. © O/2022 OP
One Piece x CASETiFY Pirate Black Collection
Preorders Open October 5, 13:00 *For those on the waitlist only
General Sales begin October 5, 17:00
Official Website: https://www.casetify.com/ja_JP/co-lab/one-piece-2022
PEACH JOHN Releases Lingerie Line Inspired by ONE PIECE FILM RED
28.September.2022 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION
Japanese lingerie line PEACH JOHN has launched a new collection inspired by ONE PIECE FILM RED! The new items went on sale starting September 21, and fans can purchase them from the official PEACH JOHN site and at PEACH JOHN stores nationwide.
The collaboration includes bra and panty sets inspired by Nami, Nico Robin, and Uta, the main character of the latest film. Pajamas inspired by Shanks will also be available in both male and female sizes. While sold out on the online shop, these are still available in stores.
Fans can also grab a cozy one-piece dress inspired by Uta’s outfit in the film, while the bra and panty set features satin ribbon reminiscent of Uta’s hairstyle. The straps in the back were inspired by Uta’s wings.
The special site features an exclusive interview with Enako, the top cosplayer in Japan and the model for the collaboration. She gave her impressions of the photo shoot, so be sure to check it out!
PEACH JOHN x ONE PIECE FILM RED Limited Time Collaboration
Special Collaboration Site: https://www.peachjohn.co.jp/pj/special/pj22at/onepiece/
Official Site: https://www.peachjohn.co.jp
Director Makoto Shinkai Chooses RADWIMPS to Perform Theme for Anime Film Suzume no Tojimari
23.September.2022 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE / MUSIC
Famed director Makoto Shinkai and rock band RADWIMPS are teaming up for the third time. The group will provide music for Shinkai’s upcoming film Suzuka no Tojimari, scheduled to open in theaters nationwide on November 11, 2022. Kazuma Jinnouchi, a world-renowned film composer, will work with the group to form the strongest musical team in the history of Shinkai’s films. Previously, RADWIMPS worked with Shinkai on 2016’s Your Name and 2019’s Weathering With You.
At the film’s announcement press conference, Shinkai gave his thoughts. “I want to create a film that gives people a reason to come to the theater,” he said. “I want to create imagery and sounds that will immerse every single person in the audience.” With this determination to create a new and unique theater experience, Shinkai decided to have not only RADWIMPS work on the film’s music, but Kazuma Jinnouchi as well. This would mean a bolder score, but also a larger challenge.
Yojiro Noda, the lead vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist of RADWIMPS, gave a comment. “Working with Kazuma Jinnouchi, who has such a long history of creating music for movies and video games, gave me a new perspective. His amount of experience is hard to put into words.”
“The music we created for the film’s action scenes was largely influenced by my experience in Hollywood,” Jinnouchi said.
Some recording for the film was done overseas at the historic Abbey Road Studios in London, a first for a Shinkai film.
The new theme song, aptly titled Suzume, can be heard in the trailer for the film. At Noda’s request, the production team searched for the most suitable voice for the song–one that would truly express the film’s vibe. After listening to audition tapes and a number of voices from around the web, TikTok sensation Toaka was chosen as the song’s vocalist. “I felt a connection between Toaka and this song. No one else could come close,” Noda commented.
Suzume no Tojimari, Shinkai’s first new film in three years, is a coming-of-age story, following a girl named Suzume as she travels to disaster-stricken locations around Japan, closing doors to keep those nearby safe.
Suzume Iwato, the heroine, will be played by Nanoka Hara. Souta Munakata will be portrayed by Hokuto Matsumura. Be sure to check out the latest trailer!
Suzume no Tojimari Trailer
Suzume no Tojimari
Release Date: November 11, 2022
Official Site: https://suzume-tojimari-movie.jp/
LUSH to Release One Piece Inspired Bath Bombs in Japan, UK, Ireland
16.September.2022 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION
UK-based cosmetics brand LUSH has announced a new One Piece collaboration! A total of six unique products will be released on September 19, including four bath bombs, one bath bar, and one wrapping cloth known as a knot wrap. Items will be available at 76 LUSH locations nationwide and online, and will also be for sale in the UK and Ireland.
The Gum-Gum Fruit, which makes Luffy’s body stretch like rubber, has been transformed into a bath bomb for the collaboration.
As the bath bomb dissolves, the water will turn a swirling purple, and your arms and legs will naturally want to stretch out as you relax with the scents of black currant and orange.
Gum-Gum Fruit (Bath Bomb): ¥980
Fans of Ace will want to grab the Flame-Flame Fruit bath bomb, containing mandarin orange peel oil, fenugreek seed extract, and carrot seed oil. Nico’s Flower-Flower Fruit will fill your tub with the scent of geranium oil, rose, and jasmine, while Chopper’s Human-Human Fruit blends cocoa, tonka extracts, and bergamot oil. Fans can also grab a themed One Piece wrapping cloth!
Flame-Flame Fruit (Bath Bomb): ¥980
Flower-Flower Fruit (Bath Bomb): ¥980
Human-Human Fruit (Bath Bomb): ¥980
Straw Hat Bubble Bath Bar: ¥1,400
LUSH × ONE PIECE
Release Date: September 19, 2022
Official Site: https://www.lush.com/jp/ja/c/one-piece
*Limit on the number of items
Each person may purchase up to 5 bath bombs/bubble bars and 1 Knot Wrap per person. Sales will end as soon as all items are gone.
RecoChoku Announces Winners for Best Music of August 2022
13.September.2022 | MUSIC
Japanese music streaming site RecoChoku has announced the top song and album rankings for August 2022!
Unsurprisingly, Ado tops both the single and album charts with her new tracks from the movie ONE PIECE FILM RED. The singer provided the singing voice of Uta, a main character in the film which was released nationwide on August 6, 2022.
New Genesis, the theme from ONE PIECE FILM RED, was released ahead of the movie’s release on June 8, 2022. It ranked 4th in the monthly rankings for June and July, and following the film’s release in August, it shot to the top of the charts for four consecutive weeks, continuing to hold the #1 spot.
Ado also took first place in August’s album ranking with her collection of songs from ONE PIECE FILM RED. Released on August 19, 2022, the album features a number of tracks made for the film, with seven different artists helping to produce these now legendary songs.
For the daily ranking on August 11, the top seven singles were all from this one album. Starting at the top spot, the songs included were: New Genesis, Where the Wind Blows, Tot Musica, The World’s Continuation, Binks’ Sake, I’m Invincible, and Fleeting Lullaby.
In the album ranking, it was number one in the weekly ranking for three consecutive weeks since its release on August 17 and continued its momentum to take the top position in the monthly ranking for the month of August.
Ado had her first top single ranking in February 2021 with Usseewa, and her first #1 album in January and February 2022 with Kyogen.
If you haven’t listened to the singer’s collection of songs from the most recent ONE PIECE film, you’re missing out!
RecoChoku Monthly Music Award – August 2022 (Announced September 1, 2022)
1st Place: New Genesis (Uta from ONE PIECE FILM RED) – Ado (Released June 8, 2022)
2nd Place: Start Over – THE BEAT GARDEN
3rd Place: Ame Sansan – King Gnu
4th Place: Where the Wild Blows – Ado
5th Place: Mixed Nuts – Official HiGE DANdism
1st Place: Uta’s Songs from ONE PIECE FILM RED – Ado (Released August 10, 2022)
2nd Place: M – INI
3rd Place: BE:1 – BE:FIRST
4th Place: Falling into your eyes Record – Aimyon
5th Place: Suki Toiunowa Rock Daze! (Special Edition) – Nogizaka46
Official Site: https://recochoku.jp
Ado Releases Compilation Album of Songs from ONE PIECE FILM RED
16.August.2022 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC
On August 10, Ado, one of the most popular singers in Japan today, released a compilation album of songs from ONE PIECE FILM RED.
Ado performs the singing voice for the film’s character Uta and has eight songs featured in the movie. The album includes New Genesis, the film’s theme song, and a number of other artists appear, including Yasutaka Nakata, Mrs. GREEN APPLE, Vaundy, FAKE TYPE., Hiroyuki Sawano, Yuta Orisaka, and Motohiro Hata.
New Genesis – Ado (Music Video Teaser)
The theme song New Genesis was composed by Yasutaka Nakata, a musician, DJ, and producer who is making his debut in the One Piece world. The music video was created by hmng, an animator and illustrator who has created music videos for a number of other artists along with original art for anime. The video was inspired by Uta’s colorful worldview and shows a side of her not seen in the film.
The jacket of the standard edition features a colorful illustration by Eiichiro Oda, the creator of One Piece and general producer of the film, and depicts a live performance by Uta.
The jacket illustration for the limited first edition is by ORIHARA, who also serves as Ado’s image director. The illustration depicts Uta and Ado facing each other and singing, highlighting Uta’s red hair.
Look forward to hearing this incredible music in ONE PIECE FILM RED, now in theaters!
Uta no Uta ONE PIECE FILM RED – Ado
Release Date: August 10, 2022