One Piece Film: Red, which was Japan’s highest-grossing film of 2022, is set to be re-released in theaters in October. This time, it will be available in a 4K Blu-ray edition that includes three special extra episodes. The film’s new trailer, posted on YouTube, gives fans a glimpse into the emotional journey of Uta, Shanks, and the Strawhats in the fantasy world of Elegia. Additionally, there will be “cheer screenings” where fans can sing along to ADO’s award-winning soundtrack and have the opportunity to receive gifts.
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One Piece Film: Red was a huge success, grossing 19.70 billion yen ($152 million) in Japan and approximately $12.75 million in the United States. It not only became Japan’s highest-grossing film of 2022 but also the highest-grossing film in the entire One Piece franchise. The film’s success, along with that of The First Slam Dunk, contributed to Toei Animation’s record-breaking year at the box office. The First Slam Dunk, which grossed $259 million in Asia, has now received positive reviews in the US, with $1 million made in its opening weekend.
While the One Piece manga and anime have been immensely popular worldwide, the franchise’s success hasn’t always translated to the box office in the West. In recent years, films like Jujutsu Kaisen 0: The Movie, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train, and Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero have performed exceptionally well, grossing $34 million, $49 million, and $38 million respectively in North America.
The limited release of One Piece Film: Red in only 366 Japanese theaters could be attributed to the lower box office returns in the West. However, the global fandom of One Piece was evident when fans caused temporary internet outages while streaming the iconic Episode 1071 on platforms like Crunchyroll and piracy sites. It seems that One Piece is seizing the opportunity to celebrate this special moment in Japan, where the anime is most popular. The recent One Piece Day saw the announcement of an anime adaptation of Eiichiro Oda’s Monsters, followed by a full-length trailer for the Netflix live-action adaptation of One Piece. Additionally, it was revealed that One Piece would have an ending song for the first time in 17 years. With the increased interest in the franchise, One Piece Film: Red aims to surpass the 20 billion yen mark.
Toei Animation has previously held special reruns of One Piece Film: Gold in the United States, giving hope to fans that future screenings may be possible. Currently, One Piece Film: Red can be streamed on Crunchyroll.
Source: One Piece Official YouTube Channel, via Crunchyroll