The next voyage sails to more countries this Fall
France was the first country outside of Japan to be lucky enough to screen the latest One Piece anime film, One Piece Film: Red, and according to the official Twitter account for the film, has started out of the gate breaking records for an anime film in the European country – on top of the records it has already broken in Japan!
According to the official Japanese Twitter account for One Piece Film: Red, which cites local distributor Pathe, the film had the highest number of first-day ticket sales in the country for an anime film ever, recording 267,631 admits on August 10, the day the film opened in France. In some countries, the box office isn't measured by monetary performance, which has other factors in play such as inflation and ticket prices, but by how many people go to the theater to watch the movie.
It'll be interesting to see how well One Piece does and if it's able to take the crown from Pokémon: The First Movie, which is currently the top anime film in France with 2,224,432 admits.
One Piece Film: Red opened in Japanese theaters on August 6. Crunchyroll, who'll be releasing the film internationally across the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand sometime this fall, describes the seafaring musical adventure as such:
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 reveal 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.
The One Piece TV anime is also still going strong, with over 1,000 episodes of the series streaming right here on Crunchyroll, with new episodes coming out as they air in Japan.
Source: One Piece Film: Red on Twitter
Daryl Harding is a Senior Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs a YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photos of his travels on Instagram.