By Staff Writer (media@latinospost.com) | First Posted: Sep 02, 2015 07:40 AM EDT
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A new “One Piece” movie has been announced and will be available in Japanese cinemas in the summer of 2016. The official website for the theatrical film has also been launched recently.

In August, the official home page for “One Piece” revealed that the next theatrical film in the series will be available in the summer of 2016. The movie, however, will only be viewable in Japanese cinemas and there is no word yet whether there will be a release in the West. The last theatrical film based on the manga series was “One Piece Film: Z” in December 2012. It will also be the 13th theatrical film in the “One Piece” series, Crunchy Roll reported.

The movie is tentatively titled “One Piece Film 2016”. The official website launched on August 31, 2015 with a message from the original manga creator, Eiichiro Oda.

“We will do a movie. Yoroshiku! (please wait for it!)”, he stated.

The film is slated to release in the summer of 2016. The launch date was announced after the broadcast of the latest TV special on August 22, entitled, “Episode of Sabo – The Three Brothers’ Bond”.

“One Piece” is a popular anime and manga series that focuses on the adventures of Monkey D. Luff, a 17-year-old pirate boy. However, he is not the usual pirate that people generally think of. Luffy became a pirate out of curiosity and love of adventure. He also aims to find the treasure One Piece. Throughout the series, he meets new friends, battles enemies and uncovers secrets as he searches for One Piece, Sun Tiger wrote.

Information about the upcoming “One Piece” film in 2016 is still limited. A partial cast list has already been provided.

Mayumi Tanaka will play Luffy, Hiroaki Hirata will play Sanji, Kappei Yamaguchi will take on the role of Usopp, Akemi Okamura will take on the role of Nami, Kazuya Naki will play Zoro, Ikue Otani will play Chopper, Yuriko Yamaguchi will play Nico Robin, Cho will take on the role of Brook and Kazuki Yao will play Franky.

Updates from Eiichio Oda of “One Piece”, are expected soon, who shared his thoughts and comments on “Weekly Shonen Jump” by Shueisha. It is still uncertain how much work Oda will put in the upcoming film. In the 12th film, Oda served as executive producer. The movie “One Piece Film Z” was a huge hit, earning 6.87 billion yen in the Japanese box office to become the top-grossing film in the anime franchise.

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