One Piece will reward fans in Japan who go to see its latest film with a free art book featuring never-before-seen artwork from the series creator.
For a limited time, anyone who buys a ticket to One Piece Movie Red in Japan will receive a free art book.
As announced by the official Twitter account of the series, the new art book, titled “Volume 4 Billion RED”, will be offered to anyone who purchases a ticket for the latest film in the series, One Piece Movie Red. The book will contain production illustrations and character sketches from the film, which were drawn by series creator Eiichiro Oda. The special bonus will only be distributed while supplies last.
One Piece Movie: Red is the 15th theatrical release in the long-running series and sees the Straw Hat Pirates travel to a new island in order to attend a famous music festival. All crew members, along with a few of the series’ recurring characters, will receive new punk-rock-themed costumes for the film. The film will also introduce a new character, Uta, a popular pop singer who is actually Shanks’ longtime daughter with red hair, the charismatic captain who originally gave Luffy his straw hat and inspired the young boy to take the life of a pirate. The most recent trailer revealed that aside from his connection to Shanks, Uta and Luffy have known each other since they were kids.
In addition to drawing new art and designing Uta, Oda oversees the production of the new film. The script for the new film is written by Tsutomu Kuroiwa, who previously wrote One Piece Movie: Gold. The Straw Hats’ latest theatrical outing is directed by Goro Taniguchi, who is best known for his work on Code Geass. Taniguchi previously directed the 1998 animated special One Piece: Defeat it! The Ganzack Pirate!, which was the first anime adaptation of Oda’s new manga.
Since its inception in 1997, A play managed to become the best-selling manga in history, with over half a billion copies in circulation worldwide. While the series has remained hugely popular, Oda recently confirmed that Luffy’s quarter century of adventures are finally coming to an end, as the next saga in the series will be the last. The manga recently wrapped up the long-running Wano Country arc and is currently on a month-long hiatus while Oda prepares for the series finale.
Fans looking to catch up on Straw Hat Pirates’ long-running quest can stream the entire animated series on Crunchyroll, while select seasons and many of the franchise’s animated features are available to stream on Netflix. The manga is available in English from VIZ Media.