One Piece: Red Producer Hypes Uta and Shanks' Mystery Roles

One Piece fans were blown away not just when the fifteenth film of the franchise announced that Red-Haired Shanks would be returning to the series, but that his return would also see the introduction of his daughter, Uta. While Uta has been billed as the "ultimate diva" there's still a lot that is yet to be learned about the daughter of one of the biggest swashbucklers of the Grand Line, though at the latest Anime Expo, a producer for the film hinted at the roles of the father and daughter duo.  

Our own Megan Peters attended this year's Anime Expo to get the inside scoop of this One Piece: Red Panel, in which Shimizu teased the roles of the father and daughter team:

"When asked about Uta, the film's female lead, Shimizu says the anime is used to big bulking co-leads. So Oda wanted to do something different. Luffy will not raise a hand to women, so he cannot say anything else there without spoilers. Shimizu then addresses Shanks and says his entire crew will all appear in the movie. The rest, he cannot say."

In recent days, One Piece: Red has been releasing new trailers and story synopsis for the upcoming movie

The newest trailer for the fifteenth film of Eiichiro Oda's Shonen franchise arrived earlier this week with a brand new synopsis, giving fans a better idea of the role of Uta, Shanks, and how Luffy and his Straw Hat Pirates will play into their return:

"Uta — the most beloved singer in the world. Her voice, which she sings with while concealing her true identity, has been described as "otherworldly."

She will appear in public for the first time at a live concert. As the venue fills with all kinds of Uta fans — excited pirates, the Navy watching closely, and the Straw Hats led by Luffy who simply came to enjoy her sonorous performance — the voice that the whole world has been waiting for is about to resound. The story begins with the shocking fact that she is "Shanks' daughter." Uta stands on the stage, with the ordinary wish of "Making the world happy with my music." There's Gordon, a mysterious character who knows Uta's past, and glimpses of Shanks' shadow. On Elegia, the island of music, Luffy and Uta reunite for the first time since they last met 12 years ago in Foosha Village."