Who is Goro Taniguchi, director of One Piece Film Red Shanks Movie


Several fans are already calling themselves One Piece Film Rouge the “Shanks Movie” seeing its prevalence in the trailer, and also noticed that the film is directed by Goro Taniguchi, the director of Code Geass, here’s what you need to know.

Fuji TV aired the 1000th episode of A play on November 21, and Toei Animation announced One Piece Film Rouge, the first film since One Piece Stampede in 2019 (over 5.55 billion yen at the box office). One Piece Film Rouge hits Japanese theaters on August 6, 2022.

One Piece Film Rouge is the 15th film overall and the 4th film of the One Piece Film series. They all feature original author Eiichiro Oda as the general producer. No story details have yet been revealed for Red. Not to mention the key visual with a character wearing headphones and singing into a microphone to the sky.

The screenwriter is Tsutomu Kuroiwa, who also worked on One Piece Film Gold. Goro Taniguchi is the director, directing on A play for the first time in 23 years.

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Who is Code Geass director Goro Taniguchi?

Goro Taniguchi was born in Aichi on October 18, 1966 (55 years old). He first aspired to become an actor, then became interested in directing. After hearing that it was difficult to become a director of live action movies, he decided to join the anime industry. He started with JC Staff, then became independent. Working mainly on the mecha anime with Sunrise Studios as an episode director and later as a series director.

Goro Taniguchi is an amazing animator and director, similar in style to Yasuhiro Imagawa (Giant robot OVA) and Toshifumi Kawase (Ryu Knight television series). He worked several times under these two legendary directors at the start of his career, notably on Gundam shows.

At the start of his career, Goro Taniguchi notably worked under the direction of Yasuhiro Imagawa G Gundam, which had a huge influence on him. This may be oversimplifying things, but the way G Gundam mixes several elements of various genres and is extremely overdone, something that rubbed off on Taniguchi. Another of his first notable moments was directing GaoGaiGar episode 30, which was the climax of the first half of the series.

All Taniguchi series made with Sunrise: Sryed, Gun X Sword (the x is silent), or Code Geass to take these examples, all of them have elements of Shoujo, Shounen, Tokusatsu, Mecha, with comedic and tragic moments. Taniguchi also participated in Mai Hime as a creative producer. Sunrise’s original projects almost always include Goro Taniguchi in their team.

In short, Goro Taniguchi is an incredible director. You should definitely watch his other shows if you only know him by Code Geass. I suggest starting with the two series I mentioned above, scrutinized and Gun x sword. And after that Planets. You can always ask me for more recommendations on Twitter @ A_iyane07.

Goro Taniguchi and A play

In addition, Goro Taniguchi was also the director of One Piece: Defeat Pirate Ganzak!. A special released in July 1998, and the very first animated adaptation of A play. This was before the television series began in October 1999.

Goro Taniguchi is bound to deliver a particularly exciting A play movie. Thanks to his experience as a director of mechas always mixing genres. One Piece Film Rouge could easily become one of the best A play movies there. Assuming a great team is behind it all, because it’s not like a director can do it all on their own.

Recently, Goro Taniguchi also led the new Code Geass movie, Lelouch of the Resurrection in 2019. It’s supposed to be the start of a decade Code Geass project, so he’s definitely working on more.

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