Earlier today Toei Animation, the Japanese animation studio behind One Piece, announced that a new One Piece anime special is in the works. Titled One Piece Episode of Nami: Kokaishi no Namida to Nakama no Kizuna (One Piece Episode of Nami: Tears of a Navigator and the Bonds of Friends), the special will air on Japenese television on Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 9:00 PM.
One Piece Episode of Nami: Tears of a Navigator and the Bonds of Friend will retell the the story of the Straw Hats’ navigator with new animation. This includes her past as a child and her thievery of Going Merry from Luffy and travels to Coco Village with the ship. In other words, from our understanding at least, the special will show the same footage as in the original One Piece anime, but with an updated look.
The Arlong Arc, which features much of Nami’s story, originally aired back in 1999. Below are image samples from Toei Animation that show off the characters in their updated, 2012 form for the special.