One Piece Film Z, the second scan from Shonen Jump has been released! It features the Straw Hat Pirates – Brook, Robin, Sanji, Chopper, Luffy, Usopp, Zoro, Nami, and Franky – in brand new movie outfits! They will be meeting up with Kuzan/Aokiji, who also has a new, unique look.
The scan has some words by the creator of One Piece himself, Eiichiro Oda! Oda-sensei mentions that One Piece Film Z is his first movie in three years. He won’t be just laying back and relaxing, but instead his involvement in the movie will mean something. In fact, he mentions that there will be a whole bag of surprises in store for fans. He and the rest of the One Piece Film Z staff are all fired up!
The previous movie Oda-sensei worked on was One Piece: Strong World, in 2009. Of all of the movies released so far, fans rate it as the best movie in the series thus far.
One Piece Film Z is the 12th movie in the One Piece series. It will be released in Japanese theaters on December 15, 2012. This movie will be the first to take place in the New World where the Straw Hat Pirates will face their strongest enemy yet – a man named Z. It’s unclear as to who Z is exactly, but drawings and commentary by Oda-sensei indicate he is a human with cyborg enhancements and unreal power. One Piece Film Z is being marketed as a movie that will “surpass Strong World” and contain a “heroic battle” between Luffy and Z.