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'One Piece' Movie To Be Released In The Philippines On May 1, 2013

The twelfth "One Piece" movie, officially titled "One Piece Film: Z," is set to be released in the Philippines on May 1, 2013.

"One Piece Film: Z" Poster
SM Cinema announced Friday that it is going to screen the anime movie on the said date. However, it did not mention anything about whether the film will be shown in all SM Cinemas nationwide.

"Finally! You can catch your most-awaited movie "One Piece Z" starting May 1, only at SM Cinema!," SM wrote in a Facebook post, which has gone viral.

"One Piece" is one of the most well-loved anime series by Noypis. A Tagalized version of the show used to air on GMA-7 and had been considerably successful.

"One Piece" revolves around the adventures of a young man named Monkey D. Luffy, whose body gains the properties of rubber after unintentionally eating a Devil's Fruit, and his diverse crew of pirates, called the Straw Hat Pirates. Luffy explores the ocean in search of the world's ultimate treasure known as One Piece in order to become the next Pirate King.

Meanwhile, the synopsis of "One Piece Film: Z" is as follows: "Said to be comparable to the Ancient Weapons, the Marines' trump card the "Dyna Stone" has suddenly been stolen and the terrifyingly powerful man responsible, former Marine Admiral "Z", stands in the path of the Straw Hat Pirates.
The Marine HQ finally moves forward to deal with the conspiracy that threatens to shake the very pillars of the New World. Elsewhere, Kuzan pursues the Straw Hat Pirates. Finally, Luffy and his crew move to take a stand against Z and his incredible power."

The movie reportedly earned $9 million during its opening weekend in Japan last December and has been shown in other Asian countries in the past few months.

Are you a fan of the show? Does this news about the "One Piece" move hitting Philippine theaters soon excite you? Feel free to comment below.