TV special will air on October 20 instead of the usual One Piece episode
After 20 years on the air, the One Piece anime series is still going strong. With over 900 episodes, and a new film just released in Japan, the One Piece ship won’t be making port anytime soon. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first episode airing on Japanese TV screens, Toei Animation will be adapting Version 2 of ‘Romance Dawn.’ A trailer was streamed on the official One Piece YouTube channel on September 29.
Romance Dawn was a prototype of One Piece that was published in Weekly Shonen Jump in 1996. There were two versions of Romance Dawn created before the full serialisation of One Piece. Version 1 of Romance Dawn was adapted into a special in 2008 at the 40th JUMP Super Anime Tour. The 'Romance Dawn' name was used for the first chapter of the One Piece manga as a reference to the prototype versions.
The adaption of Version 2 of Romance Dawn, unlike Version 1, is said to follow the prototype manga more closely without the rest of the Straw Hat crew. The one-shot prototype manga was released in the Wanted! Eiichiro Oda Short Story compilation book in 1998.
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