One Piece has officially been airing for 20 years now, and to commemorate this titanic landmark, Toei Animation released an anime special that is based on one of the early stages of One Piece that the series’ writer, Eiichiro Oda, tested before the series’ launch
With the current anime and manga both showing the Strawhat Crew in Wano Country, to accommodate this new special, the series was put on hold. The new anime special, titled “Romance Dawn”, introduced the fans to a Luffy from an entirely different dimension. Donning a completely different look, and a whole new set of ideals, this Luffy is definitely worth the watch.
With 20 years on air, the series has amassed quite a big viewership and giving them long term fans a bit of nostalgia, this episode tells us the story of “what might have been”. With the goal of becoming a peace main, i.e. a pirate who doesn’t seek to plunder or fight but wants pure adventure, the Luffy from this special meets a new set of characters than the ones in the canon series. The new characters played a role in laying the groundwork for the official series. Their designs were initially announced by SPY on twitter:
Fans reacted very positively to this new episode:
About One Piece:
The man who had acquired everything in this world, the Pirate King, is Gol D. Roger. The final words he said at the execution tower were “My treasures? If you want it, I’ll let you have it. Look for it; I left all of it at that place.” These words sent many to the seas, chasing their dreams, headed toward the Grand Line, in search of One Piece. Thus began a new age! Seeking to be the greatest pirate in the world, young Monkey D. Luffy also heads toward the Grand Line in search of One Piece. With his diverse crew joining him along the way, consisting of a swordsman, marksman, navigator, cook, doctor, archaeologist, and cyborg-shipwright, this will be one memorable adventure.