Written by: Nicole Castro
Published on: August 30, 2021 at 14:39 PHT (GMT+8)
Eiichiro Oda's mega hit series ONE PIECE celebrates the 100th volume of its manga and 1000th anime episode with a drama video jointly produced by Toei Animation and Shueisha. The song featured is RADWIMPS' new song, TWILIGHT.
The celebration video, titled "WE ARE ONE" has English subtitles for fans to enjoy worldwide.
The video is divided into two parts: the live-action drama and the anime. For the live-action drama (the "Entrepreneur Wataru" arc), actors Kengo Kora, Win Morisaki, Shuntaro Yanagi, and Kenichi Takitō star as young entrepreneurs who start out dreaming big but find their friendship torn apart by the struggles of business. They reconcile by recalling their friendship dynamic similar to Zoro and Sanji of ONE PIECE. The drama transitions to the anime scenes featuring new drawings of the famous "Davy Back Fight."
Original Message from RADWIMPS:
僕たちと同じように小さい頃から「ONE PIECE」と共に成長し大人と言われる年齢になった方、学生の方、子を持つ親世代の方、皆様々だと思いますがきっと今も変わらず自分なりのゴールやターゲットに向かって日々を生きていることと思います。そしてその日々の途中で幾度も「ONE PIECE」の登場人物たちに背中を押されてきたことと思います。今回の作品と音楽もまた、みなさんにほんの少し明日を迎える心強さになってもらえたら幸いです。
English translation by AniRadioPlus:
There are many people just like us who grew up with "ONE PIECE" and are now adults, students, and parents of children, but I'm sure that they are still living their daily lives towards their own goals, targets, dreams, etc. We're sure that the characters of "ONE PIECE" have pushed you forward many times along the way. We hope that this work and its music will also give you a little more strength to face tomorrow.
RADWIMPS is a Japanese rock band who debuted independently in 2003 and later on through major label EMI Music Japan (formerly Toshiba EMI) in 2005. Their current members include Yojiro Noda ((野田洋次郎), Akira Kuwahara (桑原彰), Yusuke Takeda (武田祐介), and Satoshi Yamaguchi (山口智史). To the anime community, they are famous for providing the soundtrack to Makoto Shinkai's Your Name, one of the highest-grossing Japanese animated films, as well as the soundtrack to Shinkai's next film, Weathering with You.
About ONE PIECE
ONE PIECE is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. It began serialization in July 1997 under Shueisha's shounen manga magazine Weekly Shounen Jump and continues to this day. The story follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy, a boy whose body gained the properties of rubber after unintentionally eating a Devil Fruit. With his crew named the Straw Hat Pirates, Luffy explores the Grand Line in search of the world's ultimate treasure known as "One Piece" in order to become the next King of the Pirates.
The manga is one of the best-selling series in history, having broken publishing records. In 2015, ONE PIECE set the Guinness World Record for "the most copies published for the same comic book series by a single author." As of July 2021, the manga had over 490 million copies in circulation in 58 countries and regions worldwide. It was adapted into an anime series by production company Toei Animation, which began broadcasting in Japan in 1999.