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One Piece: Burning Blood

Tuesday 17th May 2016

Grab your straw hats and weigh anchor - we’re setting sail for a One Piece summer!

As you may already be aware, we will be releasing One Piece (Uncut) Collections 13 and 14 on DVD over the next few months, with Collection 13 out in October and 14 in November. In addition to this, our friends over at Bandai Namco are releasing their newest One Piece game in June, which is set to be a smash-hit!

One Piece Collection 13

All this One Piece news has got us bursting with pirate-themed excitement, so when we recently had the opportunity to go over to the Bandai Namco Headquarters in London to try out One Piece: Burning Blood, we jumped at the chance! And who better to send over than our resident One Piece aficionado Fraser, and total gaming novice Darcy?

One Piece: Burning Blood
A fighting game pitting Luffy & Co. against the likes of Edward Newgate, Bon Clay and Buggy, One Piece: Burning Blood is a great way to experience the original story from a whole new perspective.

“Set sail with the Straw Hat Crew and collect your bounty in the most epic anime fighter this side of the Grand Line! Use Devil Fruit abilities, Haki techniques, and punishing combos to turn the tide in the ultimate One Piece battle royale!”

One Piece: Burning Blood
Fraser: I've been waiting for a One Piece game like this for years, and from what I've played, One Piece: Burning Blood will not disappoint. Our session started off with a very simple tutorial that eased us into the game, followed by some much rougher Player vs. CPU. After a few rounds we felt confident enough to dive into the multiplayer... I have to admit Darcy nearly beat me. Although our time with the game was short, it was extremely fun. The game looked absolutely beautiful and even those of you who aren't fans of One Piece will find lots to enjoy.  I'll be counting down the days until I can pick up Burning Blood for PS4 next month.

One Piece: Burning Blood

Darcy: I’m pretty new to One Piece and my gaming knowledge doesn’t really extend past the occasional game of Mario Kart, so I was pretty glad to have Fraser there to walk me through it! I had an absolute blast: the game caters to all skill levels and the on-screen prompts helped me to learn new moves quickly and easily - it wasn’t long before I was kicking some pirate butt! The cut scenes were also really engaging and fun and I’d say that even if you’re new to One Piece and are unfamiliar with the storyline, you’ll still have a great time playing this. Also don’t listen to Fraser, I totally beat him.

One Piece: Burning Blood
Grab Bandai’s One Piece: Burning Blood from next month on PS4, XBOX One, PSVita and PC, and our One Piece (Uncut) Collection 13 from July 25th - pre-order here.


One Piece (uncut) Collection 13 (episodes 300-324)

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Nami, despite her desperate dash, arrives at the station too late to stop the Sea Train, but she's relieved to learn that Sanji has stowed away on board the vessel and will stop at nothing to rescue Robin! With the storm of all storms bearing down upon them, Nami and Chopper risk their lives to save Luffy and Zoro from the rapidly rising waters. Back aboard the train, Sanji is aided in his battle against the CP9 goons by the arrival of the mysterious Soge King, a wandering warrior from the Island of Snipers!

As the scattered Straw Hats fight to reunite, fate draws them ever nearer the foreboding fortress of Enies Lobby. Will our heroes live to face the hour of reckoning?!



One Piece. Pieces of Hate

Been there, done that, and bought the T-shirt....
Of the anime titles turned into T-shirts by Uniqlo, One Piece is the biggest – the reigning king of all the anime and manga franchises, pretty much unchallenged in the 16 years since Eiichiro Oda began the manga, and 14 since Toei Animation started animating it. But perhaps Uniqlo would have turned One Piece into a line of shirts even if the saga hadn’t been a world hit. Just look at those pirate designs – brash, cartoony, uncompromising. There’s no whiff of a committee, no hint of a five-year product plan reliant on changing a heroine’s hair colour (or deepening her cleavage). It just helps that the pictures are as commercial when they move as they are when they’re a cool static graphic in a manga, or on the front of a T-shirt.

One Piece: Strong World

The Straw Hats Pirates come together for an adventure like no other...
Written by One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda himself, Strong World leads the Straw Hats into the deadly path of Golden Lion Shiki.

One Piece - ninja or pirates?

Matt Kamen turns video pirate!
“Ninja or pirates?” While Naruto – representing the ninja corner, of course – has proven hugely popular, UK fans have long been unable to weigh in on the other side. With the long-awaited arrival of One Piece on DVD this May, that finally changes.

One piece: Crew Manifest #1

Matt Kamen finds out who’s who in the One Piece anime
Monkey D. Luffy: The founder and captain of the Straw Hats, Luffy is a carefree soul who wants to become king of the pirates. After eating the Gum-Gum Devil Fruit, he gained an elastic body, making him near-invulnerable and able to stretch but paradoxically making him unable to swim.

One Piece: Crew Manifest #2

Back at sea for volume two of One Piece
Before you set sail on the second round of voyages for One Piece, brush up on who you’ll be encountering in this latest volume of nautical nonsense

One Piece music: TOMATO CUBE

Tom Smith on One Piece’s TOMATO CUBE
One-hit wonders. Every country has them. And, as PSY can most likely attest, very few musicians really want to be labelled as one. Sure, it’s all fun, games and fancy dinners when that royalty cheque floats through the letter box. The one with all the zeroes from that single from yesteryear that went massive. But what about the rest of your work? It must be somewhat unsatisfying as an artist to be known for one track, while everything else remains relatively overlooked, and expectations are high for that difficult follow up single. If you’re TOMATO CUBE, you do nothing. Ever again.


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