One Piece has enjoyed a busy year so far, and there is only more to come for the franchise. As its manga nears 1,000 chapters, the anime has been eager to dive into its long-awaited Wano Country arc. To hype the anime even further, Toei Animation dropped a new One Piece film this month in Japan, but there has been no word given on a U.S. release.
Taking to Twitter, a user known as WTK informed fans of an update to the website of AMC Theaters. As you can see here, a screening page has been added for the One Piece film, and it says the movie will screen starting October 24, 2019.
So far, Funimation has yet to make any official announcements about a U.S. theatrical run for One Piece: Stampede. Fans are hopeful this date is mostly correct even if it is a placeholder given how well this film has been received in Japan. One Piece: Stampede has been lauded with praise by fans and critics alike. In fact, the movie has already out-grossed the lifetime domestic earnings of Dragon Ball Super: Broly in Japan, and it has longer to run. Now, fans are eager to see how One Piece: Stampede does in the U.S., so it wouldn't be a bad idea to be on the lookout for an official screening announcement.
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Eiichiro Oda's One Piece first began serialization in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump in 1997. It has since been collected into over 80 volumes, and has been a critical and commercial success worldwide with many of the volumes breaking printing records in Japan. The manga has even set a Guinness World Record for the most copies published for the same comic book by a single author, and is the best-selling manga series worldwide with over 430 million copies sold. The series still ranked number one in manga sales in 2018, which surprised fans of major new entries.