"One Piece Film Z," the latest feature film adaptation of the popular manga series by Eiichiro Oda about a group of pirates led by a young boy, will hit cinemas nationwide on Dec. 15, its official website announced.
As has been revealed, Oda serves as executive producer for the latest feature, just as he did on the previous feature, "One Piece Film: Strong World." That movie raked in 4.8 billion yen ($60 million) at the Japanese box office after it was released in December 2009.
The latest production is helmed by Tatsuya Nagamine, best known as director of the "Heart Catch Pretty Cure!" ("Precure!") animated TV and feature film franchise.
In a unique move to breathe new life into the animated feature series, popular TV writer Osamu Suzuki was appointed to write the script.
Yasutaka Nakata, a music producer and DJ who has worked with a number of top-class musicians and is a member of the electronica duo "capsule," will provide the opening theme song.
The story of "One Piece Film Z" will be correlated to the original manga currently running in the weekly Shonen Jump comic magazine. The most vile enemy yet will be introduced in the film.
The combined 21st-22nd issue of the comic magazine released in April features more detailed information about the film. The animated film is produced by leading anime studio Toei Animation Co.
A trailer is currently being streamed on the film's official website at (http://www.onepiece-film.com/).
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