Crunchyroll’s taking One Piece fans back to where it all began.
Earlier today, the platform announced that they will stream One Piece: Episode of East Blue as a simulcast. A specific start time hasn’t been revealed as of press time, but the title will be available to members in the following regions:
- United States
- South Africa
- New Zealand
- Latin America
On Tuesday, Funimation revealed that they’d also stream Episode of East Blue on August 28, at 3:00AM Eastern (midnight Pacific).
The special will air on Japanese network Fuji TV on August 26, at 9:00PM (8/26/2017 at 8:00AM Eastern / 5:00AM Pacific). The episode is being produced to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece manga.
Takashi Otsuka (Precure All Stars DX: Minna Tomodachi—Kiseki no Zenin Daishūgō, Chō Tanpen PreCure All Stars GoGo Dream Live!) will direct One Piece: Episode of East Blue at Toei Animation, with Masayuki Sato (One Piece Film Gold, HappinessCharge PreCure!) providing character designs. Series writer Tomohiro Nakayama is in charge of special’s script.
A special version of opening theme song We Are! will be used as the theme song for the special.
One Piece: Episode of East Blue is an original work, which features re-animated scenes from the stars, up to the point where the crew reaches the Grand Line. The end credits will feature anime versions of popular manga cover stories. These will tell the stories of fan-favorite characters Chopper, Robin, Franky, and Brooke over the course of the East Blue arc.
Funimation describes the special as:
The words that Gold Roger, the King of the Pirates, uttered just before his death excited the masses and the world has entered a Great Pirate Era! There is a group of young pirates who are about to set sail on the Grand Line. Monkey D. Luffy, a rubber man. Roronoa Zoro aka “Pirate Hunter.” Usopp, a sniper. Sanji, a seafaring cook. And “Cat Burglar” Nami. They, the Straw Hats, all place a foot upon a barrel and make their vows before their next journey across the great ocean. Luffy shouts “In order to be the King of the Pirates!”
A decade ago in the Windmill Village…
A little boy Luffy was enthralled with a pirate boss Red-Haired Shanks. But a group of mountain bandits shows up and makes fun of the pirates. “Why didn’t you fight them?!” Luffy yells out angrily but Shanks says that it’s nothing worth getting mad over. At that time, Luffy snatches the Gum-Gum Fruit from a treasure box and eats it and as a result, his entire body becomes rubber and he loses the ability to swim for the rest of his life!
A few days later, Luffy is surrounded by the mountain bandits again and Shanks comes to help. “No matter what the reason, anyone who hurts my friends has to pay!!”
Shanks and his pirate crew are incredibly strong and they beat down the mountain bandits. Higuma, the head of the mountain bandits, runs away kidnapping Luffy and heads for the sea. However, they encounter a local Sea Monster there and are attacked. Luffy is in a desperate situation… But again, Shanks saves the day. He outstares the Sea Monster and chases it away but in exchange, he loses his left arm…
When Shanks leaves the village, he leaves his straw hat with Luffy.
“Come bring it back to me someday! Once you’ve become a great pirate!”
10 years later, Luffy has grown up strong and he sets out for an adventure on a small boat. He again encounters the local Sea Monster for that fateful day. However, Luffy takes it down with a single blow of Gum-Gum Pistol. Luffy’s journey to become the King of the Pirates now begins!