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One Piece Anime’s New Luffy Special to Air in December

Fuji TV announced last week that a television anime special, One Piece Episode of Luffy: Hand Island no Bōken (One Piece Episode of Luffy: The Hand Island Adventure), will air on Saturday, December 15th, 2012 at 9:00pm. (The One Piece television anime series normally airs on Sunday mornings.)

This Hand Island no Bōken special is separate from the four consecutive television episodes that will start airing on December 2nd with a tie-in story to the upcoming One Piece Film Z. (The film will also open on December 15th, 2012.)

As in the film, original manga creator Eiichiro Oda is supervising the Hand Island no Bōken special with its new story. Hiroyuki Morita and Mitsuru Hongo are co-directing the special, and singer/designer Shizuka Kudou is collaborating with Oda on the costume designs.

The story of the Hand Island no Bōken special is set a little before the events of One Piece Film Z
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Annecy Fest celebrates 50 years June 7-12

Annecy Fest celebrates 50 years June 7-12
Paris -- The Annecy International Animation Film Festival will blow out its 50th birthday candles this year with a different toon thanks to a colorful slate of all-star guests, including Jeffrey Katzenberg, Matt Groening and Ari Folman, plus several international film premieres and professional conferences, organizers confirmed Monday. The fest kicked off Monday.

Folman will head the Feature Film Jury, which will vote on competition titles from across the globe -- this year with a particularly Asian flare. Titles include Wes Anderson's "Fantastic Mr. Fox," Tarik Saleh's "Metropia," Dominique Montery's "Kerity la maison des contes," Liu Jian's "Piercing 1," Mamoru Hosoda's "Summer Wars," Munehisa Sakai's "One Piece Film: Strong World" and Jean-Christophe Roger's "Allez raconte!"

This year's official selection will showcase 213 films in competition including features, short films, TV movies, educational programming, commercials, music videos and student films.

Organizers have gathered more than 50 animated personalities to
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