One of recent ONE PIECE projects is a video collection of 5 short drama episodes titled “WE ARE ONE”. They feature both live-action and animation. The 1st episode was released on August 29, and it tells the story of 2 co-workers. They’re Wataru and Hamabe, and they don’t agree on anything, similarly to Zoro and Sanji from One Piece. After several minutes of the story, their relationship is at its worst. Then Wataru remembers they agreed on their love for One Piece, and starts reading a chapter. This is what leads to the animation part, and we get to see an epic scene of the Zoro and Sanji team-up back from episode 212 in the Davy Back Fight, in the modern animation style! You can watch the video below (animated part begins at 6:08):
Mika Ninagawa directed the video, starring Kengo Kora, Win Morisaki, Shuntaro Yanagi, and Kenichi Takito. The theme song “TWILIGHT” is performed by RADWIMPS. Nakai Kazuya (Zoro) and Hiroaki Hirata (Sanji) both reprise their roles voicing the characters. The short animated segment features their triumph over the Groggy Monsters trio. It was definitely another nostalgia strike after that Vivi chapter. Seeing Zoro and Sanji Davy Back Fight team-up in modern animation was pretty hype. If you’re a manga reader, this might make waiting for the next chapter even more exciting, considering what’s currently happening with this duo!
UPDATE: All the videos are now out, along with the full version of the TWILIGHT by RADWIMPS and special message from Eiichiro Oda to fans! Also watch the other 4 videos (titled by the animated segments):
- Powerful women characters of One Piece
- Law, Corazon and Doflamingo backstory
- Straw Hats bid farewell to Vivi
- Straw Hats joining the crew moments
How “WE ARE ONE” came to be
Eiichiro Oda’s ONE PIECE manga is celebrating some huge moments in the series’ history. Namely, both volume 100 of the manga and episode 1000 of the anime are close, and so there’s several projects currently ongoing to commemorate the milestones. The “WE ARE ONE” project is one of many, and we are going to see more in the upcoming days as the milestones get even closer. You can check out the cover of One Piece volume 100 below:
Where to read and watch One Piece
You can catch up to the One Piece manga for free on either VIZ website or MANGA Plus, depending on region. The anime is streaming on Crunchyroll, and episode 990 will release on September 5.
Source: One Piece Website, Official YouTube
(C)Eiichiro Oda/Shueisha, Fuji Television Network, Toei Animation