It feels like One Piece has been around forever, yet the series continues to outdo itself. Now, everybody’s waiting for their chance to watch the brand-new One Piece: Film Red on Crunchyroll, but when will it release?
One Piece Film: Red follows Uta, a legendary singer whose identity had always been concealed before she decides to host her first ever live concert. With all the world watching, Uta and Luffy meet, with Luffy revealing that Uta is Shank’s daughter.
Related: Is One Piece Film: Red Canon?
Will One Piece Film: Red Be Released on Crunchyroll?
While not officially confirmed, it’s very likely that One Piece Film: Red will eventually be released on Crunchyroll.
Crunchyroll previously announced that they had entered a partnership with Toei Studios, the producers of One Piece Film: Red, to distribute the movie internationally in subs and dubs.
Both of those movies were first released internationally in cinemas, but both eventually ended up available on Crunchyroll for subscribers.
One Piece Film: Red Crunchyroll Release Date
Based on previous anime movie releases on Crunchyroll, we don’t expect One Piece Film: Red to arrive until at least Spring 2023.
Crunchyroll will not bring One Piece Film: Red to its streaming service until it has completed its box office run.
While the film premiered in Japan in August 2022, it’s not expected to arrive in most regions until Fall 2022. Given how long films can remain in cinemas, it’s unlikely that One Piece Film: Red’s theatre showings will be completed until 2023.
After the box office is completed comes DVD sales, something which is traditionally seen as important for Japanese anime studios.
Crunchyroll allowed a few months after the DVD of Demon slayer: Mugen Train was released before putting the movie on its service. However, that changed a bit with Jujutsu Kaisen 0, whose DVD was released broadly in line with the movie arriving on Crunchyroll.
There is no official confirmation regarding when One Piece Film: Red will be released on DVD or Blu-ray, but it’s usually 6-9 months after the film is first released in Japan. If the same applies to One Piece Film: Red, that would equate to sometime between February and May.
With the above in mind, we could speculatively expect to see One Piece Film: Red appear on Crunchyroll at some time in the spring or summer of 2023.
Of course, this is just an estimate – again, nothing has been officially confirmed by Crunchyroll nor the producers of One Piece Film: Red. For now, we’ll just have to continue watching One Piece until it arrives!