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One Piece the Movie: Strong World

ANN reports that the new One Piece movie has broken the record for per-screen revenue over the weekend, beating out the Japanese opening weekends of both Ponyo and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The film earned over 1 billion yen (a little under $12 million US) in its first two days, which also beats out the entire take of the ninth One Piece movie.

This isn’t really that surprising given the amount of promotion that went into this movie, which is attached to a mind-bogglingly popular manga that sold over 14 million copies in 2009 alone. Between four episodes of the anime dedicated to ramping up to the movie, a chapter of the manga, and an original manga that was given to ticket holders of the movie, there’s no way that the One Piece-loving portion of the population, which is over two million strong, was going to miss this movie, which presents an all-new story penned by Oda Eiichirou himself.

An anime about a manga about manga. Now they need to make an anime about the making of this anime.Ready to get meta? You’d better be, because according to Shonen Jump, the Obata Takeshi/Ooba Tsugumi manga Bakuman is scheduled for an anime next fall. The Shonen Jump manga, about two kids trying to get a manga published in Shonen Jump, is a strange beast. It offers strangely realistic portrayals of the stresses and horrors of the manga publishing industry, while still glorifying it.

So now, we have an anime about the manga about manga coming out and things will just get confusing, won’t they? I look forward to writing more about this one, becauseI lost track of the manga after it launched last year, and it looked pretty fun. It’ll be interesting to see if the anime version focuses more on the anime side of the industry – it would only make sense.

(Source: ANN)

One Piece Silliness!

The whole series is like this, but without puppets.

Now is the perfect time to start following One Piece, and I’ll tell you why.

One Piece is one of the most popular manga in history, with over 170 million copies sold over the past 12 years of its existence. It embodies the Shonen Jump spirit and takes it to the next level, combining epic action with silly comedy and a sweeping storyline that draws you in with its many well-developed characters. The main problem is that One Piece is so freaking long,  it’s hard to jump into the series without being overwhelmed by the sheer volume of it.

This year, though, VIZ Media and FUNimation are making it easy to be a One Piece fan, whether you’re a grizzled veteran or an interested newcomer.

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