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One Piece’s theatrical films have typically been nice. Well, they was horrible till creator Eiichiro Oda began getting extra hands-on with them, however typically all of them resulted in the identical approach—Monkey D. Luffy and his crewmates, and perhaps a number of extra widespread characters, teaming as much as battle some new, ultra-powerful, non-canonical foe. But Red is totally different in virtually each approach, and for the higher. It fills out Luffy’s backstory by introducing Uta, the daughter of One Piece’s most enigmatic character, Shanks. When a tragedy separates them, the present-day Luffy discovers she’s develop into a good-hearted pop idol who needs to save lots of the world along with her music—however at a sinister price. Red offers Luffy a foe who isn’t transparently evil, and one he can’t beat by punching them. The result’s One Piece’s most introspective, distinctive movie but. And Uta’s songs are completely killer, too.

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