The Australian distributor Madman Entertainment has confirmed on its official twitter account that it plans to publish a bilingual release for Toei Animation’s One Piece Film Z on home video in July 2014. Madman Entertainment typically releases its anime titles with both an English dub and the Japanese audio track with English subtitles. This revelation comes prior to an English release being officially announced for the movie anywhere else in the world, including in the United States, where One Piece English dub producer FUNimation Entertainment is based.
First released in Japanese theaters in December 2012, One Piece Film Z is the 11th One Piece film and the first to feature the older versions of protagonist Monkey D. Luffy and his pirate crew after the two year time skip in the main storyline of the One Piece TV series and manga. Film Z was created as an attempt to “surpass Strong World“, the 10th One Piece movie, which was released in English last year. In the movie Luffy faces off against a former navy admiral named Zephyr, a new foe hyped as Luffy’s strongest opponent to date. One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda, who was previously involved in creating the story for Strong World, oversaw Film Z as executive producer.