One Piece Anime’s First Ever Non-Japanese Director Revealed!

Henry might also be the first non-Japanese director of any Toei Animation studio anime series.

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In a recent issue of Newtype magazine, the episode director for One Piece episode 1066 was revealed and he ain’t a native.

Henry Thurlow, an American animator working in Japan, will be the director for the above-mentioned episode of One Piece, which will air on June 25 and cover chapter 1038.

The animator took to Twitter to share this news with his fans.

According to him and the current staff of One Piece, he is the first non-Japanese episode director for One Piece.

He may also be the first non-Japanese episode director for any anime series of Toei Animation Studio.

Henry has worked at many Japanese animation studios, including Nakamura Productions, Studio Pierrot, and Bang Bang Animation.

Below is a list of some of his works:

  • Introductions at Dawn (original short film)
  • Candy Land: Dora the Explorer Edition (Game)
  • Go, Diego, Go!: Safari Rescue (Game)
  • Superjail (Season 1)
  • Kids Music Video by MGMT
  • Sloth
  • Your Love Is My Drug music video by Ke$ha
  • Xemoland
  • Deep Space 69
  • Pokemon Origins (TV Special)
  • Tokyo Ravens
  • Walkure Romanze
  • The World Is Still Beautiful
  • Tokyo Ghoul
  • Baby Steps
  • Yona of the Dawn
  • Naruto Shippuden
  • The Last: Naruto the Movie
  • Judgement and Justice (original short film)
  • Tokyo Ghoul √A
  • Tokyo Ghoul: re

He has been dubbed “Aura Man” by the One Piece fandom. We have also covered this controversy in another article.

About One Piece

Eiichiro Oda started the serialisation of the manga in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump Magazine on July 19, 1997.

On March 3, 2023, the latest volume, volume 105, was published, and the next volume will publish on July 6.

One Piece has also received an anime adaptation. The TV anime has released 1064 episodes.

The latest entry in the franchise, One Piece Film Red, premiered in Japan on August 2022.

It is the 8th highest-earning film of all time in Japan and also topped Japan’s box office for the year 2022 in terms of both yen earned and tickets sold.

Source: Henry Thurlow’s Twitter