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One Piece Enters the New World this October!!

The journey of One Piece is ready to enter the New World for the next great anime time skip this October 2nd.

It was almost one year ago that I shared with you the news that Eiichiro Oda's blockbuster manga One Piece was going on hiatus before it's two year time skip. Well, I'm back again with more news for you. Just as the Dawn Island Arc has been slowly winding down to grand finale of the first half of the One Piece tale. It's been officially announced through Shueisha's V Jump magazine that this October 2nd (October 1st in the U.S.), the Straw Hat crew will start to reunite for their journey to the New World (the second half of theGrand Line).

The first episode of One Piece aired on October 20th 1999, and Mayumi Tanaka has been voicing Monkey D. Luffy ever since. Despite aging from 17 to 19, Tanaka will be continuing her role as Luffy. What's most surprising is that it seems the official promotional images for the time skip show no re-branding for the now 500+ episode series, unlike Dragon Ball Z and Naruto Shippuden.

FUNimation has been simulcating the anime ever since Episode 391, and this October 1st at 10PM should be an anime event not to be missed. It's hard to image a better time to hop aboard on this adventure if you've ever been curious. If you're interested in seeing how the Straw Hats were first separated before you watch their reunion. You can see One Piece - Episode 405 via HULU HERE.

In related news, One Piece Volume 61, that began the time skip, was released in February and had printed 3.8 million units for the first run. According to the Oricon sales data, it sold over 2 million copies in three days. A record that was later broken by One PieceVolume 63 by printing 3.9 million. In fact, Volume 63 sold more units in one week than any manga since Oricon began tracking manga sales in 2008.

Do you plan on watching the new era of One Piece begin this October?

Source: One Piece Volume 63 Sales Data (ANN)

-Kristoffer Remmell ( FoxxFireArt) is a freelance graphic artist, writer, and over all mystery geek.- Follow for news updates: @ animevice / @ FoxxFireArt

Lurkeroon Sept. 6, 2011 at 10:13 a.m.
The simulcast was definitely a benefit for the series. Even though I don't think One Piece will go mainstream again, the simulcast was a way for dub/sub companies to gain confidence in the market for subtitling shows to direct streaming rather than trying to get them on TV and home video as dubs.
Its a shame Funimation still has such a bad video player. I started watching all their shows on Hulu.
It's also a shame that the Marines vs Pirate war was rather boring to watch. I skipped through most of it. Hopefully when the New World arc starts I'll be able to enjoy it again.
Halberdierv2on Sept. 6, 2011 at 11:57 a.m.
Nami looks hawt.
Nightwolfon Sept. 6, 2011 at 12:45 p.m.
@Halberdierv2 said:
Nami looks hawt.
Don't forget Nico Robin.
afrokolaon Sept. 6, 2011 at 2:21 p.m.

Cannot wait, I hope they keep the filler to a minimum. The show has really been hurt by it over the last couple of years.

chickdigger802on Sept. 6, 2011 at 2:48 p.m.

meh. The show has gotten to shit the past few years when they pretty much stretch 1 chapter to fit 1 entire 23min episode.

The animation budget is also pretty lacking (but that's natural for endless shounen shows).

I'd rather just stick with the manga ;P

FoxxFireArt moderator is online on Sept. 6, 2011 at 2:54 p.m.


Yeah, the FUNi stream isn't very great, but it's good for getting screenshots. HULU always has that annoying "hulu" watermark on the bottom left corner. I also wish FUNimation would hurry and get to the Thriller Bark Arc. I love that part of the story.

Events like these makes me wish I could be staff on AV. This would make a great community night event to stream out live.

@Nightwolf said:

@Halberdierv2 said:
Nami looks hawt.
Don't forget Nico Robin.

Agreed on both counts.


I can't wait for this either.

What do you mean, One Piece has extremely few filler episodes. Especially when compared to BLEACH and Naruto that have had several filler arcs in between canon stuff. During this recent Dawn Island Arc, there was one filler episode. The Marineford Arc had one filler episode at the start.

afrokolaon Sept. 6, 2011 at 3:12 p.m.

@FoxxFireArt: Were you watching the same One Piece as I was. They stretched chapters into full episodes, Thriller Bark and Impel Down were unwatchable because of that.

FoxxFireArt moderator is online on Sept. 6, 2011 at 3:34 p.m.


I think your standards are too high if you're expecting a 1:1 ratio of manga to anime adaptation without some stretching and have an episode every week. They are either going to stretch episodes out to fill up a chapter, or you are going to get annoying filler episodes and arcs that do nothing to add to the story.

Also, a lot of the time some of these scenes you see that are stretched out because Oda couldn't get all the information into the manga. He has to trim some things down to meet his weekly schedule. He's said in interviews how some things in filler content he wanted in the story but his editors push him to keep the story moving forward. The character Daddy the Father Oda wanted in the Loguetown arc of the manga, but he only appeared in the anime.

HG_Morrisonon Sept. 6, 2011 at 3:43 p.m.
Now I don't mind the prospect of fillers for when it picks up again.  Because in all honesty, I don't mind the fillers on One Piece as long as they don't contradict any information that's actually canon.  After all, a lot of One Piece's fillers aren't written badly.  Besides, as my favorite manga I'm open to anything that expands the experience positively as opposed to Bleach and Naruto's fillers.
afrokolaon Sept. 6, 2011 at 3:47 p.m.

@FoxxFireArt: I'll admit that my standards are probably too high, but that doesn't excuse all the Coby and Buggy filler that enthralled the Impel Down and Whitebeard War arcs. I know all about the Daddy the Father stuff and that Oda had originally planned on mentioning Shiki the Golden Lion in the manga when Shanks and Whitebeard met before Ace was captured. That kind of stuff I'm in love with!

I would much rather have four episodes of filler that tell the cover stories, which are increasingly becoming more important to the plot, than six episodes of Buggy and Mr. 3 escaping Impel Down in a "laugh-a-minute" fashion.

Rudeboy217on Sept. 10, 2011 at 11:19 a.m.

I am so behind on both the anime and manga. I seriously need to catch up.

The_Desert_Tigeron Sept. 10, 2011 at 11:31 a.m.
 Can't wait to see the New World in anime form. I'm really hoping for a new version of We Are! to be the opening.
secretzfanon Sept. 10, 2011 at 5:43 p.m.
I am in shock they didn't add a sub heading to One piece like One Piece: New World
Jinbeifan1on Sept. 11, 2011 at 12:04 p.m.

that last bit shouldnt even be a question, hell yea i will watch!!! lol
FoxxFireArt moderator is online on Sept. 12, 2011 at 3:22 a.m.


I'm not so sure about a new edition of "We Are" for the opening. They have already remade that song three times for the anime openings.


I was also shocked at that. It would've been a good opportunity to restart the numbering. They are really going for a long run for this anime.

The_Desert_Tigeron Sept. 12, 2011 at 7:44 a.m.
@FoxxFireArt:  I realize there's been a lot of remixes for We Are! But having it for the opening kick off for the new world stuff would still be so awesome!
Taterrron Sept. 14, 2011 at 5:47 p.m.

The new opening won't be a new version of We Are, but it will be performed and written by the same people:

It's supposed to be kind of a "continuation" of We Are; they're calling it We Go. I like the idea! :)

secretzfanon Sept. 17, 2011 at 2:18 p.m.

@FoxxFireArt said:


I was also shocked at that. It would've been a good opportunity to restart the numbering. They are really going for a long run for this anime.

We will be like at 10000 epsiodes in no time now.

maigreton Sept. 17, 2011 at 2:23 p.m.

too many years................

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