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Eiichiro Oda Returns to Oversee the Next One Piece Film

One Piece's creator plans to take the helm yet again for the twelfth feature film aimed for the New World.

The One Piece series of films had been coming out annually every year since the production of the anime series started. Fans were excited when they heard that the series creator, Eiichiro Oda, was going to personally oversee the production of the tenth film. One Piece Film: Strong World was the end result, and it was actually tied into the main canon of the manga. Well, it seems that Oda wasn't satisfied with doing this once.

One Piece movie 12 TV teaser
One Piece movie 12 TV teaser

It was on December 17th 2011 that a both VIZ Media and Hisashi Sasaki (deputy director for theShueisha's Sh┼Źnen Manga group) announced via Twitter that Oda would once more be the executive producer for the soon to come One Piece movie. The original green light announcement for the project was shown in Japan during the TV airing of Strong World back in November.

The title of the One Piece Movie 12 has not been given, and the only release date given is sometime in December 2012. The premiere will be held at Tokyo's Roppongi Hills' new One Piece art exhibit. What's known about this production is that it will be set in the post time-skip New World Era of One Piece. Given the schedule of where the anime is currently at. It's a safe bet to say the events will happen after the Straw Hats leave Fish-Man Island.

The questions that this leaves me with. Is Oda going once again somehow work in characters from the movie into the manga series the same way he did with the antagonist Shiki? Also, will FUNimation ever even license Strong World for the U.S. market? To date, they've only released the eight movie.

Source: ANN HERE

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Mikey2Don Jan. 11, 2012 at 12:18 p.m.

Being a fan of One Piece based in the UK I for one would LOVE to see some DVD releases over here - currently there are none which sucks :/ I'd buy it all and i'm sure plenty of other one piece fans would.

Strong World really was a fantastic movie and again i'd love to see a release over here in the UK. I can't wait to see what movie 12 brings to the table :)

The_Desert_Tigeron Jan. 11, 2012 at 12:40 p.m.

Can't wait! Strong World was awesome!

ChrisTobinon Jan. 11, 2012 at 2:17 p.m.

Strong World was great and I'm really excited for this, but the manga took a bit of a hit when Oda was dividing his time between both Strong World and the manga, so I'm somewhat worried about the same thing happening again.

ninjadude853on Jan. 11, 2012 at 3:52 p.m.

Anyone know where i can watch Strong World? Preferably legally, but anywhere will do.

FoxxFireArt moderator on Jan. 11, 2012 at 4:21 p.m.

@The_Desert_Tiger: @scratchman: @ninjadude853:

I really want to watch Strong World, but since FUNimation has been doing such a great job with One Piece I really don't want to use a pirated version. Sadly, FUNimation has made no statement that I can find about any plans to release this movie. I've seen AMVs, and I would certainly buy it on Blu-ray.

I think even the airing of the dub hasn't reached Water Seven Arc.

The_Desert_Tigeron Jan. 11, 2012 at 5:01 p.m.

@FoxxFireArt: I want Funi to release Strong World too! Here's hoping that they do. Also, I believe the dub is getting to the Water Seven Arc fairly soon, I think they have to get through the Foxy Pirate arc first.

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