When it comes to anime, news is plentiful more often than not, and it can be difficult sorting through what's what. The unfortunate proliferation of fake news has managed to infect the fandom as rumors try their best to become fact. So, it is time to set the record straight about a recent Toonami report...
No, One Piece is not set to return to the late night block. Sorry for the inconvenience though!
Recently, reports began cropping up online after a reported press release from Funimation was made public. The piece said One Piece was slated to make a Toonami return with season 15, and fans were asked to stay tuned for details about its premiere date.
The staff at Toonami Faithful also received this press release. We reached out to FUNimation and was told this is fake. https://t.co/Q93OlCI73n— CJ Maffris misses Momocon 2019 (@SeaJayMaffris) June 5, 2019
This press released was shared to several online forums as well as news sites before a staffer with Toonami News reached out to Funimation for comment.
"The staff at Toonami Faithful also received this press release. We reached out to FUNimation and was told this is fake," CJ Maffris shared.
As it turns out, the press release blasted out was fake. There are no plans to bring back One Piece to Toonami at the moment, and fans admit they are not surprised to hear this news while still disappointed. After all, the press release did have a couple major discrepancies which made fans double take. For instance, the anime's synopsis for season 15 does not align with the one Funimation fans are familiar with, and no official announcement was shared on the licensor's social media pages.
Now, fans know that never happened because there's no truth behind the report. For now, Toonami will remain without the Straw Hat crew as Monkey D. Luffy prepares to tackle a new anime arc this summer.
So, would you like to see this show return to Toonami's lineup? Let me know in the comments or hit me up on Twitter @MeganPetersCB to talk all things comics and anime!
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.