For the first time in its history, the One Piece anime will be directed by a non-Japanese director.

For the first time in its history, the One Piece anime will be directed by a non-Japanese director.

One piece Did I use Cavendish as the prototypical anime outsider? Well, yes, but it seemed appropriate for the occasion. And indeed, it was announced today that the anime will soon see a historic moment: an episode of the anime will be directed by a NON-JAPANESE. And yes, considering that episodic anime has been in action for over 20 years, I think this is remarkable news, to say the least.

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Episode 1066 of One Piece will be a historic moment for the anime

I’ll leave you with the tweet that broke the news, which was posted precisely by this director who will be making history with anime:

And now, let’s take a closer look at this very special news for “One Piece” and its team of animators at TOEI:

  • Henry Thurlow, a TOEI team animator working on One Piece, has confirmed that he will be directing episode 1066 of the anime. ?
  • Indeed, what’s special about this news is that Thurlow himself asked the rest of the One Piece team if they’d ever had a non-Japanese episode director in the entire history of the anime, and the answer was no. Indeed, this makes him the first director in the entire history of One Piece anime who is NOT Japanese. ?
  • Henry Thurlow is an American-born animator who has been working for TOEI for some time, specifically behind One Piece. It’s important to point out that the fact he’s directing the aforementioned episode doesn’t make him the director of the One Piece anime as such. It’s common in such long-running series that sometimes the burden of directing certain episodes falls on different members, which perhaps makes it even more “curious” that to date no one has achieved what Thurlow is about to achieve. ?
For the first time in its history, the One Piece anime will be directed by a non-Japanese director.

It seems that the episode Henry Thurlow will be directing won’t exactly be a “filler” episode, since apparently it could be the one that shows us the outcome of the fight between Big Mom and the duo formed by Law and Kid. It’s not for nothing that Henry himself adds that he understands there are a lot of expectations on the work he’ll be doing, so the only thing to do is to send him all the support in the world so that this historic moment is also an unforgettable one for “One Piece” fans.

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