When the 14th One Piece anime film hits theaters in Japan this August, it’ll do so to the tune of a theme song by Japanese rock band WANIMA. The three-member group is contributing “GONG” to ONE PIECE STAMPEDE, marking their very first anime tie-in song.
It’s a special moment for the franchise and the band, all three members of which hail from Kumamoto Prefecture, the same hometown as One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda. Writer/composer KENTA had the following to say about the song:
“As one of the One Piece fans like you, I put the days that I had spent with One Piece and the things I felt from this movie into this song. We hope this song, which couldn’t have been made without encountering One Piece, will reach many people. I love One Piece the most in Japan!!”
The single version of “GONG” will arrive on July 17, and ONE PIECE STAMPEDE opens shortly after on August 9.
Eiichiro Oda recently illustrated an awesome new poster for the movie: