Toei Animation and Manga Entertainment will bring popular anime series One Piece to fans in the U.K. as a packaged DVD box-set for the first time, it was announced by Ryuji Kochi, managing director of Toei Animation Europe and Jerome Mazandarani, Manga’s head of marketing and acquisition. The two companies have also partnered on Dragon Ball Z in the U.K. as well.
Created by Eiichiro Oda, and adapted as an animated series by Toei Animation Co., Ltd., One Piece follows the adventures of well-meaning pirate, Monkey D. Luffy as he launches a quest to uncover the legendary “One Piece” treasure buried by the Pirate King Gold Roger. On his journey to discover the treasure to become the next Pirate King, Luffy and his swashbuckling crew sail straight into the action as they face off against notorious enemies. The franchise’s latest feature One Piece Movie Z (directed by Tatsuya Nagamine) has earned over $76.3 million in Japan since its release in December.
“We are excited to see the release of One Piece to fans in the UK and are delighted to continue our partnership with Manga Entertainment,” said Kochi. “One Piece’s embrace outside of Japan is a testament to our talented team of writers and animators who brought this vibrant series to life through years of dedication.”