The wait has been long but One Piece Film RED finally has a release date in the United States in Canada. Toei Animation and Crunchyroll will roll out the anime globally with a November 4th release planned. They have a premiere in New York planned for October 6th to go alongside New York Comic Con; further highlighting the current rise in popularity the franchise has been showing in the last few months.
RED is directed by Goro Taniguchi, who has quite a history with the franchise, and was written by Tsutomu Kuroiwa who also worked on the film Gold. The premiere will include a subtitled and dubbed version for those that prefer one version over the other. So far, the 15th entry in the franchise is the highest grossing of the franchise and has already taken in $93M in Japan since it premiered back on August 6th.
Interestingly enough, France was the only other market to also join in with an early release as it’s also one of the biggest markets for the popular manga franchise. It has managed to outsell Batman‘s total lifetime comic sales within 25 years worldwide and doesn’t have the same popularity in the US as Dragonball or even Naruto. So, with the upcoming live-action series in development for Netflix, it looks like it has the potential to grow even further.