‘One Piece’ TV special to be simulcast in US and Canada

A promotional image of "One Piece" anime. (Facebook/onepieceofficial)

As “One Piece” celebrates its 20th anniversary, it is no surprise that it has grown a solid following outside of Japan. With its impact across borders, its creator made sure fans from the west also get to join the festivities.

Comicbook.com reported that Eiichiro Oda, the franchise’s manga illustrator, will give the fans a chance to experience the early chapters of “One Piece.” Funimation confirmed that the TV special titled “Episode of East Blue” will be aired for subscribers in the U.S. and Canada. Moreover, the show will come in High Definition (HD).

The show will revolve on how Luffy and the Straw Hat Pirates started their journey in East Blue. It will run for a total of 106 minutes where all of their key adventures will be compressed and retold. Fans can expect to see Luffy when he was first inspired to become a pirate by Shanks.

Furthermore, they will also witness how Luffy met his fellow pirates along the way and how the four original members of his team joined him. The show will also feature epic encounters with other pirates like Don Krieg, Merman Arlong, Buggy the Clown.

The words that Gold Roger, the King of the Pirates, uttered just before his death excited the masses and the world has entered a Great Pirate Era!,” read Funimation’s description of the special episode.

“There is a group of young pirates who are about to set sail on the Grand Line. Monkey D. Luffy, a rubber man. Roronoa Zoro aka “Pirate Hunter.” Usopp, a sniper. Sanji, a seafaring cook. And “Cat Burglar” Nami.”

Earlier this month, Crunchyroll reported that “One Piece” manga editor Takumi Naito and publisher Taku Sugita promised the next arc to be amazing. The two said that the Wano arc will be the biggest thing to happen in the series.

Moreover, a live-action TV series is also in the pipeline with producer Martie Adelstein of “Prison Break” at the helm.

“One Piece Episode of East Blue” airs Aug. 28 in the U.S. and Canada via FunimationNow streaming.