The Japanese version of Shonen Jump has revealed more details about the upcoming release of Eiichirou Oda's One Piece Volume Zero. In December, the first 1.5 million fans who watch the One Piece Strong World movie in theaters will receive a special prequel volume of One Piece that takes place twenty years before the story and chronicles the adventures of the legendary pirate Shiki in the time of Gol. D Roger, the pirate king. After the release of the movie, the manga will appear in issue 53 of the weekly Shonen Jump magazine.
As part of another promotion with House Foods, there will be a special run of 3,000 DVDs containing an animated adaptation of the one-shot story.
Strong World, the tenth movie in the One Piece series, has been receiving more attention than usual for a movie based on the popular pirate series, as creator Eiichirou Oda himself wrote the story for the film. Other films were not written by him, though he did supply character designs and had the right to approve or veto stories.
One Piece fans in the US shouldn't have to wait too long to see the new prequel, as the English language version of Shonen Jump runs the most recent chapters of One Piece each month. FUNimation, which owns the movie rights, has released the 8th One Piece movie, The Desert Princess & the Pirates (which is a retelling of Season 4) and shouldn't take too long to get to Strong World at #10.