Vocalist/bassist KENTA: "This song couldn't have been made without encountering One Piece."
The official Twitter for ONE PIECE STAMPEDE, the forthcoming 14th feature film to celebrate the One Piece anime franchise's 20th anniversary, announced today that its theme song "GONG" is performed by three-member Japanese rock band WANIMA. All three members were born in Kumamoto Prefecture, which is also the hometown of One Piece manga author Eiichiro Oda.
WANIMA was formed in 2010 and made their major debut from Warner Music Japan's unBORDE label in May 2017. Its current three members are: KENTA (vocal/bass), KO-SHIN (guitar/chorus), and Fuji (drums/chorus). So far they have released two singles and one full album from the label.
"GONG" is their first anime tie-up song, and the nine members of The Straw Hat Pirates are also confirmed to join the recording by providing their shouts. The song's writer/composer KENTA says, "As one of the One Piece fans like you, I put the days that I had spent with One Piece and the things I felt from this movie into this song. We hope this song, which couldn't have been made without encountering One Piece, will reach many people. I love One Piece the most in Japan!!"
"GONG" will be included in the band's next third major single (fifth including the first two from the indie label PIZZA OF DEATH RECORDS) "Summer Trap!!" to be released on July 17, 2019.
ONE PIECE STAMPEDE will be released in Japan on August 9, 2019.
Poster visual drawn by Eiichiro Oda:
3rd teaser trailer with English subtitles:
(C)Eiichiro Oda/2019 "One Piece" production Committee