One Piece Producer Raises Questions About RED’s Continuity

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The next movie in One Piece’s history, One Piece: Red, is set to arrive later this year, diving into the life of Shanks, the major mentor in the life of Monkey D. Luffy who had a heavy hand in not just his quest to become the king of the pirates, but also in becoming a swashbuckler period. Set to arrive this summer as the fifteenth movie of the Shonen franchise, an interview with a producer has put into question whether or not this story of Shanks will actually be a part of the Grand Line’s continuity.

Much like the Dragon Ball films, it can sometimes be difficult to nail down exactly when, or in fact if, events of the One Piece movies took place in the main timeline, with the likes of One Piece: Stampede being a prime example of a film that seemingly takes place outside of the anime’s main series. While the Shonen franchise has had movies that acted as recaps for the events of the series, it also has had plenty of movies wherein their status in the main continuity is questionable considering the timelines involved.

Toei Animation Producer Shinji Shimizu went on record during a recent interview that the film is set to be “a separate story” from the main series canon, but that there will be elements that will seemingly reveal new canon information about the story of the Straw Hat Pirates. Shimizu also noted that he had attempted to get a Shanks movie made countless times in the past, speaking directly to creator Eiichiro Oda, and only now was able to successfully move full-steam ahead.

Currently, Netflix is hard at work for the live-action adaptation of One Piece, with the core Straw Hat Pirates of the early days of the series having already been cast, though there has yet to be word on whether Shanks will be making an appearance or if any big-name actors have been cast as the former “big brother” to Luffy that helped started it all.

Do you think RED will actually have a long-lasting implication on the future of the Grand Line? What has been your favorite One Piece movie to date? Feel free to let us know in the comments or hit me up directly on Twitter @EVComedy to talk all things comics, anime, and the world of the Grand Line.

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