2-hour "mysterious episode" to premiere Saturday night
FUNimation Entertainment announced on Friday that it will simulcast the One Piece "3D2Y" Ace no Shi wo Koete! Luffy Nakama to no Chikai (One Piece '3D2Y' Overcome Ace's Death! The Oath With Luffy's Crewmates) television special. The two-hour special will stream at 12:00 a.m. EDT on Sunday, August 31 (Saturday night).
The "mysterious episode" will be a completely new work that will have content not previously shown in the anime or the manga. The special will focus on the "3D2Y" code that Luffy's crewmates must decipher, and will take place during the Straw Hat crew's two-year training period. The special will also feature Luffy's secret haki training with Rayleigh.
Toei Animation producer Hiroyuki Sakurada said that the special will not just include Rayleigh and Hancock, but also Buggy, Mr. 3, Mihawk, Perona, and Admiral Sakazuki (Akainu), among others. Original manga creator Eiichiro Oda will design a new enemy character, Bandy World, who will have the ability of the "Moa Moa" fruit. Bandy World escaped from the sixth level of Impel Down during the Marineford battle, and he is now shocking the world with his former crew by taking out Marine battleships and prominent pirates one by one. The World Government summons the Seven Warlords to take care of World, but he manages to capture them. Now World has his sights set on Boa Hancock. Oda also provided a comment on the new special, nothing that at the end of the special, "a must-see surprise for fans is waiting."
The special will air in Japan on August 30 from 9 p.m. to 11:10 p.m. JST.