One Piece will reward fans in Japan who go to see its latest movie with a free art book featuring previously unreleased art from the series’ creator.
For a limited time, anyone who buys a ticket to One Piece Film Red in Japan will receive a free art book.
As announced by the series’ official Twitter account, the new art book, entitled “Volume 4 Billion RED,” will be given to anyone who buys a ticket to the series’ latest movie, One Piece Film Red. The book will contain production art and character sketches from the movie, which were drawn by series creator Eiichiro Oda. The special bonus will only be given out while supplies last.
One Piece Film: Red is the 15th theatrical release in the long-running series, and sees the Straw Hat Pirates traveling to a new island in order to attend a famous music festival. All of the members of the crew, as well as a few of the series’ reoccuring characters, will receive new punk-rock themed costumes for the movie. The movie will also introduce a new character, Uta, a popular pop-singer who is actually the long estranged daughter of Red-Haired Shanks, the charismatic captain who originally gave Luffy his straw hat and inspired the young boy to take up the life of a pirate. The most recent trailer revealed that in addition to her connection with Shanks, Uta and Luffy have actually known each other since they were children.
In addition to drawing new art and designing Uta, Oda is supervising production of the new movie. The script for the new film is being penned by Tsutomu Kuroiwa, who previously wrote One Piece Film: Gold. The Straw Hats’ latest theatrical outing is being directed by Goro Taniguchi, who is best known for his work on Code Geass. Taniguchi previously directed the 1998 animated special One Piece: Defeat Him! The Pirate Ganzack!, which was the first anime adaptation of Oda’s then-new manga.
Since it’s debut in 1997, One Piece has managed to become the best-selling manga in history, with over half-a-billion copies in circulation around the world. While the series has remained extremely popular, Oda recently confirmed that Luffy’s quarter-century of adventures is finally nearing its end, as the series’ next saga will be its last. The manga recently wrapped up the long-running Wano Country arc and is currently on a one-month hiatus while Oda prepares for the series’ finale.
Fans who want to catch up on the Straw Hat Pirates’ long quest can stream the entire anime series on Crunchyroll, while select seasons and several of the franchise’s animated features are available for streaming on Netflix. The manga is available in English from VIZ Media.