When Do The One Piece Movies Take Place?
One Piece created by Eiichiro Oda is a widely popular manga anime series that follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy his crew the Straw Hat Pirates. Alongside the main series there have been several movies released throughout the years. Fans often wonder when these movies take place in the One Piece timeline. Let’s delve into the details explore the chronology of the One Piece movies.
The Canon vs. Non-Canon Dilemma
When discussing the placement of One Piece movies it’s important to understthe concept of canon non-canon stories. Canon stories are considered part of the official One Piece timeline are directly linked to the main series. Non-canon stories on the other hand are separate from the main story do not impact its continuity. Most One Piece movies fall into the non-canon category allowing the creative team behind the anime to explore unique standalone adventures.
The first three One Piece movies titled “One Piece: The Movie” (2000) “Clockwork IslAdventure” (2001) “Chopper’s Kingdom on the Islof Strange Animals” (2002) are generally considered non-canon. These movies take place before the Straw Hat Pirates enter the GrLine which is a significant milestone in the One Piece storyline.
Alabasta Arc Movies
The fourth fifth One Piece movies “Dead End Adventure” (2003) “The Cursed Holy Sword” (2004) are also non-canon. However they share similarities with the Alabasta Arc in the main series. These movies can be seen as alternate retellings or side stories to the Alabasta storyline.
Strong World Film Z
The tenth eleventh One Piece movies “Strong World” (2009) “Film Z” (2012) hold a unique position in the One Piece movie lineup. Both movies were overseen by Eiichiro Oda himself making them semi-canon. Although not directly part of the main series Oda was involved in the story character designs ensuring their relevance to the One Piece world.
Post-Time Skip Films
Following the two-year time skip in the One Piece storyline there have been multiple movies released. These movies including “Film Gold” (2016) “Stampede” (2019) are considered non-canon can be enjoyed independently from the main series. They showcase the Straw Hat Pirates’ adventures after the time skip.
The One Piece movies for the most part take place in a separate timeline from the main series. While some movies loosely tie into specific story arcs or receive input from Eiichiro Oda himself they are generally standalone adventures. Whether canon or non-canon these movies are an enjoyable way for fans to further immerse themselves in the vibrant world of One Piece.