Anime’s favorite pirates are back on the big screen and set to plunder North American audiences later this year with today’s announcement that Funimation Films has acquired the new feature length film One Piece: Stampede from Toei Animation, Inc.
From producer Toei Animation, “One Piece: Stampede” is the 14th film from global hit “One Piece” anime series which marks its 20th anniversary this year. “One Piece: Stampede” is already a smash hit since its opening in Japan in early August – grossing more than $28.7 million to date and setting the Japanese record for the biggest opening-day audience for 2019. Funimation Films will distribute the movie in both the U.S. and Canada this fall with theatrical dates to be announced later.
“We are so excited to bring One Piece: Stampede to North America as part of our 20th anniversary celebration of this beloved anime series,” said Colin Decker, General Manager of Funimation. “It’s a blockbuster film that will delight new audiences and long-time fans alike,” said Colin Decker, executive vice president and general manager of Funimation.
“One Piece: Stampede is a bold celebration of One Piece and its unique blend of action, humor and heart,” said Masayuki Endo, President and CEO of Toei Animation Inc. “Even among those who are new to the anime, Monkey D. Luffy and his crew are instantly recognizable pop culture stars. One Piece: Stampede has plenty of surprises for every viewer, and we’re excited for North American audiences to participate in this important anniversary event.”
Under the creative supervision of original creator Eiichiro Oda, “One Piece: Stampede” is directed by Takashi Otsuka and features character designs by Masayuki Sato. “One Piece: Stampede” is a celebration of the anime series’ 20th anniversary and takes place outside the current “One Piece” storyline – therefore the movie can be enjoyed equally by both current fans as well as those unfamiliar with the series.