As we reported back on September 6, One Piece will be setting sail for it's new season with the two year time skip in One Piece Ep. 517 on October 2nd (Oct. 1st in the U.S.). A standing question among fans. What would be the new opening song? The first opening for the series that began in 1999 was "We Are!". It was written and composed by Shouko Fujibayashi and Kouhei Tanaka, and was performed by Hiroshi Kitadani. It's been re-recorded two more times for the anime and performed by different artists.
The recent publication of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump #41 has revealed that Shouko Fujibayashi, Kouhei Tanaka, and Hiroshi Kitadani will return with a new opening titled "We Go!". They describe this theme as the "answer song" to 'We Are!". The CD Single version of this song will be sold in Japan on November 16, 2011 for ￥1,260 ($16.50). Among some of the music news, the Shonen Jump ads also shows off a few of the new characters that will be introduced at the top.
FUNimation streams the One Piece anime series for free on the One Piece Official website soon after it airs Japan with full subtitles at 9 PM CST (10PM EST / 7PM PST). The OnePiecePodcast is also holding a special fan art contest with prizes that includes free manga, import puzzles, and a copy of One Piece Volume 63 (the latest edition in Japan). One Piece Ep. 516 airs on September 24th, and it's the final episode before the New World for Luffy and his Straw Hat crew. Hope some of you will be there to join in on this anime event.
Source: FUNimation Blog & Shonen Jump #41 2011
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