One Piece and American football are two things that don’t usually go hand-in-hand together, but a season opener game in the U.S. added some flair to what would otherwise be a usual announcement for One Piece Film: Red.
A special video for the anime movie debuted during the match between USC Trojans and Rice University, revealing that it’ll open in U.S. theatres sometime in October. That’s two months after its 6 August release in Japan, which raked in 1.58 million tickets and an earning of 2.254 billion yen in the first two days. As of 31 August, the film has sold 8.6 million tickets to earn 12 billion yen (about US$86 million).
Crunchyroll will screen One Piece Film: Red in North America, Australia, and New Zealand this fall. The film features a new character named Uta, Shanks’ daughter, with a synopsis that reads:
“Uta—the most beloved singer in the world. Renowned for concealing her own identity when performing, her voice has come to be described as “otherworldly.” Now, for the first time ever, Uta will herself to the world at a live concert. As the venue fills with all kinds of Uta fans —excited pirates, the Navy watching closely, and the Straw Hats led by Luffy who simply came to enjoy her sonorous performance —the voice that the whole world has been waiting for is about to resound. The story begins with the shocking fact that she is Shanks’ daughter.”
Kaori Nazuka (Haikyuu!!, My Hero Academia) is the speaking voice of Uta, while Ado, who also performs the theme song “Shinjidai” (“New Genesis”), is the character’s singing voice. Elsewhere, a live-action One Piece series is currently in the works at Netflix, but a release date has yet to be set.