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One Piece Film: Red director Goro Taniguchi discusses "new" and "fresh" approach to latest film

Goro Taniguchi talks returning to direct One Piece, 24 years later

Luffy and the Straw Hat pirates are back again for One Piece Film: Red, the newest animated feature film in the franchise to be released in theaters (Buy tickets on Fandango or Atom Tickets). One Piece Film: Red marks the fifteenth feature film based on Eiichiro Oda's highly successful manga, and tells the story of Uta, a powerful singer, and also Shank's daughter, with dreams to create change, but whose past was not as bright as the music she creates.

Goro Taniguchi (s-CRY-ed, Code Geass) leads the film as director, and is no stranger to the franchise as he directed an original video animation for One Piece back in 1998, One Piece: Defeat the Pirate Ganzak!

Following a U.S. premiere and main stage panel at New York Comic Con 2022 for One Piece Film: Red, Popverse’s Veronica Valencia caught up with Goro Taniguichi to discuss his experience working on film, bring[ing] something new and fresh to One Piece," the challenges he faced, and messages fans may take away from this film.

"There are a lot of elements in this film: action, emotional, drama, tears, and music, and what each individual enjoys and what resonates with them, what speaks to them, I think that answer is something everyone has inside."

Cover image for YouTube videoOne Piece Film: Red Director Goro Taniguchi Discusses the Movie's Music and Heartfelt Story

Interested in more One Piece? You can watch the full Emerald City Comic Con panel featuring the English dub cast of One Piece here.

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Veronica Valencia

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Veronica Valencia is a Popverse video producer. She has written for Crunchyroll, hosted the Anime Expo live stream, managed the English dub of Neon Genesis Evangelion 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon A Time, and appeared on Maria Menounos’s Afterbuzz TV, where she hosted and produced multiple after-show discussion panels.