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One Piece Film Red is the 15th movie in the anime franchise, released in 2023.

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Unlike the previous One Piece movies, this time around, mangaka and creator Eiichiro Oda is heavily involved in the production of the film as a general producer and supervisor, just like his participation in Netflix’s One Piece live-action series.

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The movie focuses on Shanks, one of the Four Emperors and Luffy’s childhood hero. Aside from the red-haired pirate, the film also debuts the mysterious character named Uta, a singer who wants Monkey D. Luffy to quit being a pirate. 

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Who is Uta in One Piece Film Red? What is her relationship with Shanks? Here’s what we know about the female protagonist of the anime movie.


Who is Uta in One Piece?

A mysterious female character stars in One Piece Film Red
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Dubbed “the world’s greatest diva,” Uta is the daughter of Shanks and one of the main characters of the One Piece Red movie. 

In her official movie poster, the words in Japanese translate to “Luffy, I want you to stop being a pirate” as seen in the background, indicating that she doesn’t want the Straw Hat Pirates leader to fulfill his promise to Shanks. 

What is Luffy’s promise to Shanks? 

Luffy made a promise to Shanks that he would become a great pirate, and someday the Pirate King. Shanks, acknowledging his statement, gave him the iconic straw hat and told him to return it after he becomes a great pirate. 

One Piece: East Blue 1-2-3 Paperback – December 1, 2009 As a child, Monkey D. Luffy dreamed of becoming King of the Pirates. But his life changed when he accidentally ate the Gum-Gum Fruit, an enchanted Devil Fruit that gave him the ability to stretch like rubber. Its only drawback? He’ll never be able to swim again—a serious handicap for an aspiring sea dog! Years later, Luffy sets off on his quest to find the “One Piece,” said to be the greatest treasure in the world…
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In this movie, Uta is jealous of Luffy because Shanks chose him to take on the task of finding the One Piece, the most sought-after treasure in the seven seas. Gordon, the main antagonist of the movie, takes advantage of these ill feelings and exploits the diva’s powers. 

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In terms of strength, Uta is known to be the greatest diva in the world of One Piece. It is believed that her voice can change the world.

Her voice can bring eternal happiness, or endless imprisonment, according to the first video teaser. The movie’s plot centers around this, where the antagonist tries to take advantage of Uta’s powers while the Straw Hat Pirates try to stop him and save the girl. 

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Uta’s voice actress is Kaori Nazuka, known for her roles as Nunnally Lamperouge in Code Geass, Eureka in Eurak Seven, and Chelsea in Akame Ga Kill.

Shanks and Uta’s relationship

Uta and Shanks' relationship will be revealed in One Piece Film Red
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Uta is Shanks’ adopted daughter.

The movie’s first trailer opens with Shanks having a conversation with a young Uta. The scene takes place ten years before Luffy begins his grand adventure. At the end of their conversation, Shanks assured her that even if they became separated, she would always be his precious daughter. 

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This was a big revelation, especially for long-time One Piece fans since there was never a hint that Shanks had a daughter in the whole franchise.

Luffy and Uta’s relationship

Uta and Luffy in One Piece Film Red
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In the One Piece Red trailer, it is revealed that Luffy and Uta are childhood friends. A few flashbacks showed the two as kids, having fun together in front of Shanks’ Red Force ship. In one of the movie’s scenes, Luffy visits the diva during her concert and joins her on stage.


One Piece Film Red is available on Netflix.

Find out more about the movie’s characters, cast, and plot here.

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