“ONE PIECE FILM RED” Who is “Red-Haired Shanks”?

The latest movie version of “ONE PIECE” “ONE PIECE FILM RED” will be released on August 6, 2022. “Red-Haired Shanks” (voice actor, Shuichi Ikeda) has become a hot topic by appearing in this work. He looks back on his achievements so far, which is still said to be a mysterious super important person.

“ONE PIECE FILM RED” main visual

What is Shanks?

By appearing in this work “ONE PIECE FILM RED”, “Red-haired Shanks” has become a big topic, such as being ranked in Twitter trends since the release of this work on November 21st.
Shanks is the leader of the Red Hair Pirates and one of the “Four Emperors”, one of the three major powers responsible for the balance of the world. He is the owner of the straw hat, which is the trademark of the main character, Luffy, and is the person Luffy admires who inspired him to become a pirate.

In the “Wano Country Edition”, which is showing great excitement, the Roger Pirates led by the legendary pirate Gol D. It was also revealed that he was apprenticing as a sailor on the ship.

Shanks always appears in important scenes such as the Paramount War and Reverie, but his true identity is still shrouded in a veil, and he always attracts attention from fans. Such he will appear as a main character for the first time in this latest movie version.
So let’s take a look back at some of the key moments in which Shanks appears.

Promise with Luffy


“ONE PIECE FILM RED” scene cut
First of all, when talking about Shanks, the scene where he exchanges a “promise” with Luffy in the beginning of “ONE PIECE” and the first episode of the original work is absolutely indispensable.
Shanks met a young Luffy when he was based in Fusha Village in the East Sea. One day, Luffy was kidnapped by bandits who were rampaging in the village, and she was dropped into the sea and was about to be attacked by sea kings. Shanks rushes there and saves Luffy in the nick of time, but loses her left arm at the cost.

Shanks, who taught Luffy the harshness of the sea and his powerlessness, entrusted his trademark straw hat to Luffy when he left Fusha Village, saying, “Someday, become a fine pirate and come back.” and promised to meet again. After that, Luffy aims to become the Pirate King, and the story of “ONE PIECE” begins with sailing.

The trailer for ONE PIECE FILM RED, which was released the other day, showed the heroine Uta and Luffy playing when they were young in Fusha village, where Luffy and Shanks met. It quickly spread on SNS and became a hot topic. It was also announced that Uta is “Shanks’ daughter” at the time of the teaser release. What kind of relationship do the three of you have? How did you spend your time in Fushia Village? I would like to pay attention to whether we can see a new side of Shanks in this work.

End the Paramount War


“ONE PIECE FILM RED” scene cut
There is another scene where Shanks made a big move in the story. Original volume 59, the summit war. In the great war that occurred over Luffy’s brother-in-law, Ace, the pirates who escaped from Impel Down, the prison led by Luffy, and the Whitebeard Pirates, to which Ace belongs, the Navy and government-approved pirates, the Seven Warlords of the Sea, and Clash head-on with naval officers. A war like no other has occurred in Marineford, where the Navy Headquarters is located.

The Paramount War turns into a fierce battle in which both Ace and Whitebeard, known as the world’s strongest man, lose their lives. In front of the barren battle, Shanks appears and declares, “I’m here to end this war!” Even Blackbeard and Navy Fleet Admiral Sengoku, who were there, took notice, and the battle ended with the appearance of Shanks and his words.
Many readers were stunned by Shanks’ majestic appearance, but at the same time, it became a scene that deepened the mystery as to who Shanks was, who was being recognized by pirates and the navy.

Special treatment from Five Old Stars at Reverie!?


“ONE PIECE FILM RED” scene cut
In addition to the encounter with Luffy in Volume 1 and the Paramount War in Volume 59, there are other points in Shanks’ appearance scene that I would like to pay attention to. This is the event in Reverie depicted in Volume 90. The Reverie is a conference of World Government member nations held in Mariejois, the holy land where the Tenryu people who hold the most power in the world live. Shanks appears in front of the Five Old Stars, the highest rank among the Celestial Dragons, during a conference where those in power gather. There, Gorosei’s words to Shanks shook many ONE PIECE readers.
He made Gorosei say, “Because it’s you, I took time.” Who the hell is Shanks, who is even considered special by the Five Old Stars!?

Such a mysterious man, Shanks, will appear as the main character in “ONE PIECE FILM RED”! In the special bulletin, the line “Nah uta, there is no such thing as peace or equality in this world” is cut off impressively, creating a suspicious atmosphere.
What is the real intention? And what is the relationship between Luffy, Uta, and Shanks? What kind of activities will the Red-Haired Pirates, who have not been talked about much until now, show?
Be sure to check it out at the cinema!


“ONE PIECE FILM RED” will be a nationwide road show from August 6, 2022.

■『ONE PIECE FILM RED』
Release date Saturday, August 6, 2022
Original work/general producer: Eiichiro Oda (serialized in Shueisha’s “Weekly Shonen Jump”)
Director: Goro Taniguchi Screenplay: Tsutomu Kuroiwa Music: Yasutaka Nakata Character Design/General Drawing Director: Masamasa Sato Art Director/Art Setting: Hiroshi Kato
Color design: Sayoko Yokoyama CG director: Kentaro Kawasaki Cinematographer: Tsunetaka Ema Producer: Tomoya Yoshida
Mayumi Tanaka, Kazuya Nakai, Akemi Okamura, Kappei Yamaguchi, Hiroaki Hirata, Ikue Otani, Yuriko Yamaguchi, Kazuki Yao, Cho, Katsutoshi Houki
Kaori Nazuka Ado Kenjiro Tsuda Shuichi Ikeda
Yuki Yamada Marbled Meisei
Theme Song: “New Era (Uta from ONE PIECE FILM RED)” Ado (Universal Music)
Song in the play Music provided by: Yasutaka Nakata Mrs. GREEN APPLE Vaundy FAKE TYPE. Hiroyuki Sawano Yuta Orisaka Motohiro Hata

(C) Eiichiro Oda / 2022 “One Piece” Production Committee

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