New One Piece Film: Red trailer teases that Luffy and Uta were childhood friends

Screenshot from the new One Piece Film: Red featuring Luffy and Uta as kids.
Screenshot from the new One Piece Film: Red trailer featuring Uta and Luffy as kids. Pic credit: Toei Animation

On June 8, 2022, One Piece Film: Red released a new trailer teasing that Luffy and Uta are actually childhood friends! In the trailer, we see Luffy encountering Uta for the first time in years and recognizing her immediately. The Straw Hats appear to be shocked that Luffy knows who Uta is and immediately demand to know how that is possible.

Luffy quickly explains that he knows Uta because she is Shanks’ daughter. Unfortunately, it appears as though the entire crowd of concertgoers also heard Luffy’s announcement for better or worse. After that, we see some clips of scenes where Luffy and Uta are kids and are playing together.

Screenshot from the trailer for the upcoming One Piece Film: Red featuring Luffy and Uta as kids about to get into mischief.
Screenshot of Luffy and Uta when they were kids, looking like they’re about to get into some mischief together. Pic credit: Toei Animation

In the background behind Luffy and Uta, you are able to see Shanks’ pirate ship. Apparently, Shanks did occasionally visit his daughter Uta when she was still a child. A lot of One Piece fans were already accusing Shanks of abandoning his daughter Uta like several other horrible father figures in the One Piece Universe, but that doesn’t appear to be the case in this instance.

New trailer for the upcoming One Piece Film: Red.

The Straw Hats will be extra stylish in One Piece Film: Red

In the latest One Piece Film: Red poster, which features Luffy, Shanks, and his daughter Uta we are able to see Luffy’s cool new leather jacket once again!

Poster for the upcoming One Piece Film: Red created by Eiichiro Oda.
Poster for the upcoming One Piece Film: Red by Eiichiro Oda. Pic credit: Toei Animation/Twitter

In the most recent trailer, we finally get to see what the Straw Hats will be wearing during the movie as seen in the picture below:

Screenshots from the trailer for the upcoming One Piece Film: Red featuring the Straw Hats.
Screenshots of the Straw Hats from the upcoming One Piece Film: Red. Pic credit: Toei Animation

One Piece fans are also getting excited that Nami’s cloud Zeus will be with her during the film as seen in the picture below:

Screenshot from the upcoming One Piece Film: Red featuring Nami and her cloud Zeus.
Screenshot from the new trailer for One Piece Film: Red featuring Nami and her thundercloud Zeus. Pic credit: Toei Animation

Fans are also pointing out that Uta’s hair was so excited to see Luffy that it turned into an exclamation point:

Screenshots from the new trailer for the upcoming One Piece Film: Red featuring Uta's hair getting excited.
Screenshot from the new trailer for One Piece Film: Red showing Uta’s hair reacting to Luffy’s appearance. Pic credit: Toei Animation

Uta’s singing has the power to change the world

The plot of the film will revolve around a new female character named Uta. Uta is a world-renowned diva in the world of One Piece. The setting of the film Red will take place on an island where Uta will be performing her first public concert. People in the world of One Piece are able to listen to Uta’s singing via their Den Den Mushi’s (magical transponder snails that work as communication devices). The Den Den Mushis enabled her to be able to hide her true identity as the daughter of the notorious, wanted pirate Red-Haired Shanks. Half of Uta’s hair is red while the other half is lavender (which she probably inherited from her mother).

Uta’s fans from all over the world sail towards the island in order to attend her live concert, including Luffy, who only innocently likes Uta’s singing and has no idea of who her father is. Unfortunately for the Straw Hats, the Navy pirate hunters and other pirates are also planning to attend the concert. The story truly begins when the shocking fact that Uta is Shank’s daughter is discovered, and chaos ensues.

One Piece Film: Red will be produced by Toei Animation and directed by Goro Taniguchi. It will be the 15th of the One Piece film series. Masamasa Sato is the animation director for the film and will also handle the character designs with Kentaro Kawasaki acting as the CG director. Hiroshi Kato is the art director and Sayoko Yokoyama will be in charge of color design.

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