In Japan, Fuji TV has made the announcement that viewers can expect to see a One Piece special in December. One Piece Episode of Luffy: Hand Island no Bōken (One Piece Episode of Luffy: The Hand Island Adventure) looks set to air on Japanese television on December 15th at 9PM. This is a change from the normal One Piece anime which tends to broadcast in the morning and not in the evening prime time slot.
The special that will be broadcast is a different story arc to the four specials that will commence airing on December 2nd, this actually ties in with the One Piece feature film, One Piece Z. This feature film will begin screening in Japanese cinemas on December 15. The special will be looked over by the manga creator, Eiichiro Oda, who is also looking after the feature film.
Hand Island no Bōken special is set before the events portrayed in One Piece Z and shows a “Hand Island” event which takes place across the New World storyline.