In a remarkable display of collaborative spirit, major industry players including Shueisha, Bandai, Bandai Spirits, Bandai Namco Entertainment, Toei, and Toei Animation have come together to mark the 25 Years of One Piece Anime. A special video, released on Friday, showcases various actors and personalities, each expressing their unique fandom for the series.
A Unique Tribute Featuring Familiar Faces
The video compilation features five distinct commercials, each representing the contributing companies. Notable appearances include Mackenyu, known for his role as Zoro in the live-action “One Piece,” and Akio Ohtsuka, the voice behind Blackbeard in the anime series. The commercials provide fans with a rare glimpse into the personal “One Piece” collections of these stars, adding an intimate touch to the celebration.
Celebratory Activities Across the Board
From Mackenyu flaunting his “One Piece” manga collection in Shueisha’s segment to Ohtsuka delivering his iconic Blackbeard laugh. The enthusiasm is palpable. The Bandai Namco Entertainment segment takes it a step further, featuring voice actor Subaru Kimura and actor Shirabe Kawaguchi deeply engaged in the “One Piece Bounty Rush” game.
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Continued Festivities and Future Events
The festivities don’t end there. “One Piece Film Red” made a comeback to Japanese theaters for a limited period, reigniting the passion for the franchise. Additionally, in a significant move, the official “One Piece” YouTube channel is set to launch “ANYTIME ONEPIECE.” A continuous stream of the anime episodes, starting October 29. This year-long streaming event, exclusive to Japan, will include all episodes, with new ones being added after their TV airing.
A Tradition of Celebrating ‘One Piece’
This isn’t the first time “One Piece” has seen such a grand celebration. Shueisha, Bandai Namco Entertainment, and Toei Animation have previously hosted “One Piece Day,” a dedicated event commemorating the manga’s debut. It’s clear that the reverence for Eiichiro Oda’s creation extends beyond mere fandom, permeating the very fabric of the anime industry.
As we witness these powerhouse companies unite in celebration. It’s evident that “One Piece” is more than a series — it’s a cultural phenomenon that continues to inspire and captivate the hearts of millions globally.