One Piece Releases Opening Animation For SEKAI NO OWARI’s “The Peak”

Image source: ONE PIECE Official YouTube Channel

With its recently released 1074th episode, the long-running One Piece anime series welcomed the arrival of its 25th opening song, Sekai no Owari‘s “The Peak,” which is also the show’s first new opening theme since January 2022. The song also came with a fresh opening animation sequence, which can now be viewed on the official One Piece YouTube channel.

The visually pleasing opening sequence is storyboarded and unit directed by Megumi Ishitani, who previously took on those roles for One Piece‘s 957th, 982nd, and 1015th episodes. Ishitani also directed the music video for the One Piece Film Red song “Where The Wind Blows.” (That video’s character designer, storyboard artist, and key animator, Keisuke Mori, is one of the key animators credited for “The Peak.” Some of the other eye-grabbing animator names in the credits include Chainsaw Man character designer Kazutaka Sugiyama, My Hero Academia character designer Yoshihiko Umakoshi, and Takashi Kojima.) 

The opening’s other key staff include Midori Matsuda (One Piece character designer) as animation director, Teppei Hotta (One Piece co-color designer) as color designer, Tomoya Hosaka (One Piece) as compositing director, and Yoshiaki Honma (One Piece) as art director. 

One Piece has been airing since 1999 and is currently streamed by Crunchyroll and iQIYI outside of Japan. The Toei Animation-produced anime series is based on the manga by Eiichirou Oda, which began its run in 1997 and has 106 tankoubon volumes as of June 2023. 

VIZ Media describes the manga as:

As a child, Monkey D. Luffy was inspired to become a pirate by listening to the tales of the buccaneer “Red-Haired” Shanks. But his life changed when Luffy accidentally ate the Gum-Gum Devil Fruit and gained the power to stretch like rubber…at the cost of never being able to swim again! Years later, still vowing to become the king of the pirates, Luffy sets out on his adventure…one guy alone in a rowboat, in search of the legendary “One Piece,” said to be the greatest treasure in the world…

The One Piece manga is serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump and published under the Jump Comics label. Prior to the current series and movies, the manga inspired a 1999 Production I.G-produced OVA.

Outside of the TV series, there have been over a dozen One Piece anime movies. The 15th One Piece anime movie, One Piece Film Red, premiered in Japan in August 2022 and ended its run as both the country’s eighth highest-grossing film and as one of the highest-grossing anime movies worldwide. 

Last month, the TV series received its first new ending song in 17 years.

Source: ONE PIECE Official YouTube channel

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