The anime film “ONE PIECE FILM RED”, which has been a huge hit in Japan, grossing over 16.2 billion yen at the Japanese box office, held its US premiere at New York Comic Con before its release in the US on 4 November. On the 8th (local time), ONE PIECE jacked up the large screen at Times Square in New York to the delight of anime fans from all over the world.
”ONE PIECE” was also exhibited at the four-day NY Comic-Con held in Manhattan. On 6th October, the IMAX English subtitled premiere of “ONE PIECE FILM RED” was held at AMC LINCOLN SQUARE 13 with 450 specially invited viewers. The screening was a great success, with many cheering when the characters appeared on screen.
A panel talk was also held at the Javits Center at the NY Comic-Con on the 8th, featuring director Goro Matsubara, producer Shinji Seimizu (Toei Animation), producer Hiroaki Shibata (Toei Animation), English dubbing voice actor (Luffy) Colleen Clinkenbeard as Luffy, Sonny Strait as Usopp, Luci Christian as Nami, Christopher R. Sabat as Zorro and Ian Sinclair as Brook). They expressed their passion for the film to the approximately 4,500 fans.
In addition, as a special feature of the arrival of “ONE PIECE FILM RED” in New York, a large-screen advertisement of “ONE PIECE” was displayed in Times Square for an hour. When the scheduled time arrived, a countdown began to build up anticipation, and the fans who had gathered in the area joined in with cheers. Famous screen images from the “ONE PIECE” series started streaming one after another, and Luffy and other popular characters from the Wild Boar gang appeared one after another on the huge screen. Fans who were there were delighted to see the largest outdoor advertisement in the history of ” ONE PIECE “, including the first appearance of Uta in “ONE PIECE FILM RED” and Shanks, who holds the key to the film, and many of them spread it on SNS, including Twitter.