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One Piece Anime's New Luffy Special to Air in December
Fuji TV announced last week that a television anime special, One Piece Episode of Luffy: Hand Island no Bōken (One Piece Episode of Luffy: The Hand Island Adventure), will air on Saturday, December 15 at 9:00 p.m. (The One Piece television anime series normally airs on Sunday mornings.)
This Hand Island no Bōken special is separate from the four consecutive television episodes that will start airing on December 2 with a tie-in story to the upcoming One Piece Film Z. (The film will also open on December 15.) As in the film, original manga creator Eiichiro Oda is supervising the Hand Island no Bōken special with its new story. Hiroyuki Morita and Mitsuru Hongo are co-directing the special, and singer/designer Shizuka Kudou is collaborating with Oda on the costume designs.
The story of the Hand Island no Bōken special is set a little before the events of One Piece Film Z and depicts a major "Hand Island" incident during the New World storyline. The story is set at "Cannon Town" where a parent and a child work as craftspeople. The incident revolves around them and a commodore of a marine base. The special will also have a flashback scene to the story in the first chapter of the manga, but with new animation.
[Highlight white text to read spoilers] The marines Coby and Helmeppo return two years later, having been promoted from Master Chief Petty Officer and Chief Petty Officer to Captain and Lieutenant Commander, respectively.
One Piece Episode of Nami: Kōkaishi no Namida to Nakama no Kizuna (One Piece Episode of Nami: Tears of a Navigator and the Bonds of Friends) is another special that also aired on a Saturday this past August.