Meet the Crew of ONE PIECE FILM: RED

Anime Limited and Toei Animation are excited to be releasing the latest Japanese blockbuster sensation One Piece Film: Red to over 270 cinemas and IMAX screens across the United Kingdom and Ireland from 4 November 2022. Smashing records to become Japan’s highest grossing film of the year, holding #1 at the weekend box office for over 11 weeks, One Piece Film: Red is by far the biggest adventure the Straw Hat Pirates have faced to date.

And keep an eye out for a certain treasure coming to London next week…

With a relatable story told around Uta – a superstar new character designed by original creator Eiichiro Oda – One Piece Film: Red is accessible to everyone, whether you’re an existing fan or experiencing One Piece for the first time. However, you might still be wondering “Who are the Straw Hat Pirates?”, and “Why is it surprising that Uta is Shanks’ daughter?”. Well, here are the answers you’re looking for!

Watch the trailer HERE!

Who are the Straw Hat Pirates?

Monkey D. Luffy, the main character of One Piece, is the captain of the Straw Hat Pirates – the most fun pirate crew to sail the seas. Free-spirited and ever the optimist, Luffy has always dreamed of becoming King of the Pirates. After eating the Gum-Gum Fruit as a child, he gained the ability to stretch his body like rubber – at the cost of being unable to swim.

Over the course of his adventures, Luffy has made many friends who have joined him as a member of the Straw Hat Pirates. These include the former pirate hunter turned loyal ally Roronoa Zoro, the treasure-hungry navigator Nami, and even the skeleton musician Brook, and more. Each member of the Straw Hat Pirates has their own fun quirks, and a dream that they’re prepared to risk everything for.

Who is Red-Haired Shanks?

Although his laid-back demeanour may fool you, Shanks is one of the most renowned and powerful pirates on the seas. Having started his swash-buckling career as an apprentice for the legendary Gold Roger, Shanks is now the leader of the Red-Hair Pirates, and one of the “Four Emperors” of the New World.

While stationed on a small island, Shanks came to be idolised by a young Luffy, inspiring his dreams of piracy. After sacrificing his arm to save Luffy from a sea monster, Shanks bequeathed to him his treasured Straw Hat – with the understanding that Luffy would return it once he had proven himself. However, Luffy might not be the only child Shanks left behind…

Who is Uta?

A brand-new character designed for One Piece Film: Red by the series’ creator Eiichiro Oda, Uta is the most beloved singer in the world with an ‘otherworldly voice’. Although she’s renowned for concealing her identity when performing, Uta is set to reveal herself to the whole world for the very first time – where everyone from pirates to the Navy will be shocked to learn that she is the daughter of Red-Haired Shanks!

What is her connection to Monkey D. Luffy and Shanks, and why did she reveal herself? Find out more about the girl who wants to bring joy to the world through song in One Piece Film: Red!

If you’d like to learn more about the world of One Piece, stay tuned for more information as we head closer to the release of One Piece Film: Red!

Want to read One PieceRead the manga via Shonen JUMP – the first 3 chapters are free!

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Eichiro Oda/2022 “One Piece” production committee


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