Monsters, a one-shot manga by One Piece author Eiichiro Oda, is being adapted into an anime by Jujutsu Kaisen’s director.
According to Anime News Network, an anime adaptation of the 1994 story was announced at the One Piece Day 2023 event. Sunghoo Park, the anime director behind Jujutsu Kaisen and Jujutsu Kaisen 0 will direct the adaptation. He is also credited as the composer of the series. The anime adaptation will be produced at Park’s animation studio, E&H Production, and is said to be one episode long.
Monsters was originally published in Shonen Jump Autumn Special on October 30, 1994. The short story follows a legendary samurai named Shimotsuki Ryuma, who participates in a conspiracy surrounding a magical dragon horn that was stolen 10 years ago. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because Ryuma is an integral character in One Piece’s Thriller Bark storyline. In the One Piece anime, Ryuma’s corpse was resurrected by Brook for Gecko Moria’s army of zombies. The undead version of Ryuma was defeated by Roronoa Zoro, who obtained the samurai’s katana, “Black Blade” Shusui, afterwards.
The surprise anime adaptation of Monsters is just one of many announcements One Piece fans are celebrating since One Piece Day 2023. The event – which will be streamed for the first time with English subtitles – will take place on YouTube from July 21 and 22. While some One Piece fans were thrilled at the upcoming announcement, others were annoyed with just watching Wano for the anime’s national arc.
Netflix also released the full trailer for the live-action adaptation of One Piece at San Diego Comic-Con. The new trailer gives fans a better look at how One Piece’s imaginative world has been adapted into live-action, such as providing a first look at characters like the saber-toothed shark-man Arlong, played by McKinley Belcher. The new trailer also reveals fan favorite moments from the original doc, such as “Help Me!” by Nami. scene where presenter Matt Owens believes the Netflix version “knuck it out of the park.” Netflix will air the live-action One Piece series on August 31.
Currently, there is no release date for the anime adaptation of Monsters.
Source: Anime News Network