As you know the one-hour special is set ot air on Sunday, October 1, 2017, at 9 a.m. in Japan. One Piece normally airs back-to-back with Dragon Ball Super, which will have its own one-hour special on October 8th. Each of these specials consists of two episodes of their respective series.
The One Piece one-hour special is titled “Sorrowful Duel Luffy vs. Sanji” and the video was made by Sato Daisuke from Sato Eizo, who is loved by fans for bringing out the emotional angle in the fights he captures in his videos.
The one-hour special episode will feature the battle of Luffy and Sanji, the climax of the Whole Cake Island Arc. It is made by a different staff with Otsuka Takashi as director (the series director of Glitter Force and the director of this year’s One Piece summer special “Episode of East Blue”), Fukuzawa Toshinori as supervising director, Ichikawa Keiichi as chief animation director, and Yokoyama Kenji as animation director.
As part of the “Whole Cake Island” arc, Luffy finally catches up with his former crewmate Sanji. However, the reunion isn’t as joyful as Luffy has hoped. While away, Sanji was forced into an arranged marriage as has come to embrace his royal lineage. When Sanji speaks poorly of the pirates he used to sail with, Luffy takes it personally and the duel is on.
This saga has played out already in the pages of the One Piece manga, where Luffy refuses to fight back against his friend. The former chef of the Staw HatPirates shows no such restraint and sets about pounding on his former captain, which cause Nami to step in.
However, despite the beating, Luffy stays loyal to his friend and awaits Sanji’s return. The show of friendship brings Sanji to tears. Meanwhile, Sanji’s family, the Vinsmoke Family, and the Charlotte Family, led by Big Mom of the Big Mom Pirates, continue to plot away in the background.
Many Fans have stated that Oda has been able to come up with a potential idea as to how the series is going to end. However, this does not mean that the show may end soon since Oda might come up with new ideas to entertain fans of both the manga and the animated series.
At this point, with already 86 volumes released, it is still unlikely that the Japanese anime will end soon. The show’s perpetuity is largely due to it being very popular in Japan, and the demand for it has been steadily increasing through the years. This caused Oda to “accidentally” prolong the show despite having a somewhat clear idea of just how to wrap things up. However, at this point, it looks like the show will keep going as long as people want to see it.