Hiro Shimono, best known for playing Zenitsu in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, is joining the One Piece cast as adult Kozuki Momonosuke.
Adult Momonosuke is set to debut in the next episode of the One Piece anime, i.e., One Piece Episode 1047. The episode is scheduled to release on January 15, 2023.
Here are the upcoming episode titles:
- 1047: Rise to Dawn! The Peach Colored Dragon Rages!
- 1048: To the Future! Yamato and the Great Swordsman’s Oath
- 1049: Luffy Soars! Revenge on the King of the Beasts
- 1050: Two Dragons Together! Momonosuke’s Resolve!
One Piece Episode 1047 preview is out, and it looks like we’ll move between various fights in this episode. The preview shows Jack vs Inuarashi, Raizo vs Fukurokuju, and Perospero vs Nekomamushi. It also looks like we’ll finally see Momonosuke in his adult dragon form.
If you don’t remember, in One Piece Episode 1045, Shinobu uses his Devil Fruit powers to “mature” him and fulfil Momo’s wish. Momo still has a fear of heights that he will need to overcome in order to fly in his dragon form.
Here is the preview released by the production team on the Toei Animation Asia Youtube channel:
Voice actor comments
Ai Orikasa has voiced Momonosuke since he was first introduced in Punk Hazard in 2013. She commented that she hopes fans will continue to enjoy Momonosuke’s growth and personality. She also said that “Personally, I like Momonosuke who buries his face in Nami’s chest and smiles (lol).”
Hiro Shimono commented that he’s been reading the original story since “ROMANCE DAWN.” He said that he will do his best to portray Momonosuke while keeping Orikasa-san’s voice in mind.
One Piece series
One Piece is a long-running manga series written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. It has been serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine since 1997 and has been adapted into multiple anime series, films, and video games.
The story follows Monkey D. Luffy, a young pirate whose body gains the properties of rubber after unintentionally eating a Devil Fruit, as he travels the Grand Line in search of the One Piece, a legendary treasure hidden in the Grand Line. Along the way, he gathers a diverse crew of pirates, known as the Straw Hat Pirates, to assist him on his journey.