One Piece Stampede is the 15th film in the One Piece franchise. Was announced at the end of the Episode of Skypeia special and the name revealed in December 2018. Series creator and author, Eiichiro Oda, is once again a writer and consultant to the film (Though not a major one as in the previous three films, hence why this one doesn't have the "Film" in the title).
The story involves a treasure hunt for one of Gold Roger's treasures in the form of a Pirate Festival. Naturally, the Straw Hats get into the thick of it while going against other pirate crews, many from past adventures. However, unbeknownst to all is that the "hunt" is a ploy by Buena Festa, a war instigator and MC of the festivities, to lure pirates to the island where his partner in crime, Douglas Bullet, a former crewmate of Gold Roger, intends to wipe them all out.
The movie was released August 9th 2019. As with Strong World, Z and Gold, it has a anime tie in (though surprisingly just a two parter this time rather then the usual four), The Carbonic Acid King Arc. As well as a special collector volume for first time attendees (Japan-only naturally), "Volume Expo".
It was soon announced the movie will get limited international releases. In the U.S this was regulated to AMC theaters on Oct 24-31 both subbed and dubbed. Making this the fifth One Piece movie to be dubbed.
The Blu Ray dub was released March 17 2020.
- 1st Teaser Trailer.
- 2nd Teaser Trailer
- 3rd Teaser Trailer
- Official Trailer
- Funimation Subbed Trailer
One Piece Stampede provides the following examples.
- Advertised Extra: While most of the characters that appear are cameos, the trailers heavily featured the Enemy Mine team-up at the end which featured characters like Sabo, Lucci and Crocodile, who all get less than ten minutes of screen time combined.
- Big Damn Heroes: Sabo ends up helping the Straw Hats and the other Supernovas escape by making a wall of flames, preventing the Buster Call ships from pursuing them.
- At the end of the movie, Luffy purposely shatters the Eternal Pose to Laugh Tale rather than using it, stating he doesn't want to take a shortcut to becoming Pirate King...just like how, all the way back at Whiskey Peak, he broke the Pose to Nanima Island that Miss All-Sunday offered him.
- Zoro and Mihawk cutting Fujitora's meteor in pieces mirrors the scene where Doflamingo and Law do the same in the Dressrosa Arc.
- Bullet using his Devil Fruit to form a barrier around the island to prevent anyone from leaving is similar to Doflamingo trapping Dressrosa in his "birdcage".
- Mihawk's appearance in the movie ends with him deciding to leave and citing that the fight isn't in his contract, much like he did in Marineford when Shanks showed up.
- Smoker and Sabo's brief fight has Sabo commenting that, with their powers, it'll never end, much like Ace did way back in Alabasta.
- Sanji vs Smoker is a callback to the manga version of the Logue Town arc in which he had tried to fight Smoker along with Luffy but neither could land a hit on him. In the movie, he has more success due to having long since got stronger since those times and now able to hurt Logia users.
- Butt-Monkey: Wapol and Foxy don't have a large role, but whenever they're on screen, they're usually on the receiving end of an attack.
- Chekhov's Gun: The star Usopp fires on Bullet's mech, which doesn't appear to have any effect. After the "dragon" form is dismantled, Bullet tries to recombine it with the mech he was intially using, but the Pop Green activates and tears apart the mech, leaving Bullet exposed and forced to fight Luffy directly, which leads to his defeat.
- Continuity Cavalcade: Many, many canon and filler characters from the series show up in the movie at some point.
- Continuity Nod:
- Buggy knows Bullet personally and immediately recognizes him upon seeing him again, since he was also a member of Roger's crew way back when.
- Robin and Crocodile meet again, and he addresses her as "Miss All-Sunday", the code name she used when she worked for him.
- Back at Sabaody Archipelago, Usopp started to ask Rayleigh what he knew about the One Piece, only for Luffy to quickly reprimand him, stating that he doesn't want to know these details because the adventure wouldn't be any fun if they already know the answer to it. After Luffy shatters the above-mentioned Eternal Pose, when some of the other Straw Hats scold Luffy for it, Usopp is the one who states the adventure wouldn't be any fun if they already know the answer, highlighting his Character Development since then.
- Continuity Porn: A selling point. Characters from various points of the series are key players and countless more make cameos.
- Cross Counter: Done by Luffy and Bullet at one point.
- A Day in the Limelight:
- Usopp gets more focus in this movie than any film previously.
- Smoker has been Out of Focus in recent years, but here he gets almost as much screen time as the Straw Hats and is by far the most prominent Marine in the entire movie.
- Dressed to Plunder: Smoker and Tashigi, though going undercover at the event.
- Enemy Mine: Bullet turns out to be such an immense threat that it forces both pirate and Marine forces to team up to fight him in the climax. In the final battle, some of the people Luffy teams up with to fight Bullet are his allies (namely, Law, Hancock, and Sabo), while others are enemies or at least decidedly non-allies (Smoker, Buggy, Lucci, and Crocodile).
- Fanservice: The Movie. Virtually every named character throughout the series makes an appearance in this movie, even some fan favorite filler characters.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: If you're a One Piece fan, more then likely you'll want to do this to spot all the blink and you'll miss them cameos of various characters.
- Guest-Star Party Member: Trafalgar Law once again, like in the main series, as he spends the vast majority of his screentime in the movie hanging out with Luffy and/or other members of the Straw Hats. He goes to them at the beginning to warn them that Festa has sinister plans for the expo; half of the crew goes with him to investigate what these plans are; and he meets up with Luffy and works with him (and others) in the final battle.
- Kill 'Em All: What Festa's real plan for the expo turns out to be: a Buster Call that will arrive at Delta Island to kill all of the pirates there.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Bullet endlessly mocks Ussop whenever Luffy defends him and, on one point, Ussop standing his ground against his "dragon" form. It's Ussop's Pop Greens, which Bullet dismissed when he shot them at him, that destroys Bullet's ship/smaller mech. Leaving him no option but to fight Luffy with nothing but his strength and Haki. Considering all the damage he took beforehand (using his powers and Haki connects Bullet to his mechs, so if they take major damage, so will he), Bullet has very little strength left in the final encounter and is beaten .
- Let's Split Up, Gang: After Law informs the Straw Hats that Festa is up to something, they decide to divide and conquer in two groups of five (though these groups later get further split up as they encounter other obstacles):
- Luffy's team, consisting of him, Zoro, Nami, Usopp, and Franky, stays on the Thousand Sunny and continues with the treasure hunt as planned.
- Law's team, consisting of him, Sanji, Chopper, Robin, and Brook, leaves in the Shark Submerge to go investigate Festa's plans.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: Definitely, considering how many characters from the series at least make cameos if nothing else. "Stampede" indeed.
- No MacGuffin, No Winner: Slightly.Luffy beats Bullet and gets the grand prize, which turns out to be a Eternal Pose to Laugh Tale. However, just as Lucci and Crocodile separately close in to take it from him, he crushes it right then and there, largely out of personal reasons (namely wanting to get to the island without a cheat), but inadvertently spoiling each of their plans to get it as well.
- Palette Swap: Most of the Supernovas' "new" outfits are just color-changed versions of their usual ones. Same goes for several other characters as well.
- Pummel Duel: The final bout between Luffy and Bullet comes down to this. Bullet gets a hit in on Luffy's face and briefly stuns him. But Luffy recovers and returns the favor, which ultimately knocks Bullet out.
- The Reveal:
- Bullet claims at one point that "Roger's treasure" (the prize for winning the treasure hunt) is the One Piece. It turns out to be...An Eternal Pose to Laugh Tale, the final island where One Piece is located. Thus, though the treasure itself isn't the One Piece, it's a direct method to reach it much more easily.
- Furthermore, the end of the movie reveals that Roger never meant to leave this Eternal Pose behind, so the Pose itself was never truly any kind of "treasure" to him; he found out one of his crewmates made it in case they ever wanted to return to the island, and threw it overboard, feeling that it was useless. It was swallowed by a Sea King and ended up on Delta Island by accident.
- Rivals Team Up: At one point, Luffy and the eight other members of the Eleven Supernovas who are his rivals/enemies (i.e. all of them except Zoro and Law) fight together against Bullet's giant mecha.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: In the final battle, Bullet continues his usual spiel how friendship is weak and you can only rely on yourself. Luffy naturally refuses to buy it and counters that he wouldn't have gotten as far as he did if someone didn't help him. This causes Bullet to flashback to when he was with the Roger Pirates and suffered another defeat by Roger, though Roger was more then willing to accept his request for a rematch any time to which we actually see Bullet genuinely smile at that. The memory is enough to stun him long enough for Luffy to pummel him and end the fight.
- Spell My Name with an "S": The intended spelling by Oda of "Raftel", of all places, is revealed to be "Laugh Tale", as in, the island of the tales of those who laugh. An interview reveals that the animation directors asked Oda multiple times if this is the correct spelling, and he firmly said "yes" every time. In terms of Funimation's localization, the dub accepted "Laugh Tale" as the island's name, while the subtitled version persisted in calling it "Raftel".
- Status Quo Is God: Luffy ends up getting his hands on the treasure prize, which is an Eternal Pose to Laugh Tale. Since him—or anyone else in the series—having this would allow them to get to Laugh Tale way too easily and contradict the main series, Luffy ends up destroying it, claiming he wants to get the One Piece and become Pirate King the "proper" way, without cheating.
- Suddenly Blonde: Buggy during the climax. Though it could just as likely be a dye job. Still, whatever the reason, its a bit of an odd design choice.
- Treasure Hunt: The main focus of the this movie. This is the third film that had the crew involved in one, with One Piece The Movie being the first and Giant Mechanical Soldier being the second.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Brook's afro this time is dyed yellow, pink and turquoise.